Female in Focus Winners

We are pleased to announce the winning images and bodies of work of Female in Focus 2021!

From 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography, the Female in Focus award was conceived in response to staggering gender imbalance in photography. An open call to female-identifying photographers* around the world, it is an annual initiative to promote and reward women’s work in an industry that disproportionately favours men’s.

From a pool of thousands of entries, the panel has selected two outstanding bodies of work and 20 single images to be exhibited at Green Space Miami as part of the inaugural WOPHA Congress in Miami, USA, from 18 November 2021 – 18 January 2022, as well as a UK exhibition later this year. With thanks to this year’s exhibition sponsor: MPB, the world’s largest online platform for use photo and video kit.

From Imogen Freeland’s poignant take on motherhood to Marzena Han’s look at the “social invisibility” felt by middle-aged women – Paola Vivas’ defiant portrait of Latino identity to Thandiwe Muriu’s vibrant celebration of African individuality – Female in Focus 2021 weaves a raw and intricate tapestry of women’s experiences from around the world.


*Female in Focus is a space built for all women (e.g. cis, trans and intersex) as well as non-binary artists

Two winning bodies of work

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2021 Single Image Winners