© Insiya Syed .

Malala Fund x 1854 

Against All Odds Commission


This Commission has now closed.

In collaboration with 1854, Malala Fund is commissioning three new works that celebrate the determination and agency of remarkable girls facing challenging circumstances.

‘This project invites photographers to showcase girls as they are: strong, ambitious and full of agency’

Malala Yousafzai

© Toluwanimi Onibokun .

Imagine a world where every girl can learn and lead. This is Malala Fund’s mission. Could your photographs play a crucial role in helping this mission become a reality?

The Commission:

For the first time, Malala Fund, in collaboration with 1854, is giving three women* photographers a £2,000 creative grant each to develop and create a new body of work that together will be used to promote inspiring stories from girls all around the world.

Each month from May to August, Studio 1854 will commission one photographer to produce a major new body of work. The first theme is: Against All Odds. For the initial application stage, all you need to do is submit a sample of your images. If you’re shortlisted, we’re looking for project proposals that symbolise the challenges, the empowerment, the power, the action.

*This includes all women (e.g. cis, trans and intersex) as well as non-binary artists

The Process

Step 1: Show us your work

Share a sample of your style and photographic approach from any previous work.
Please note: These images are intended for us to get to know you as a photographer and do not need to relate to the theme.

Step 2: Proposal Submission

If shortlisted, we’ll reach out to ask for a 100-word proposal in response to the theme including a brief overview of the girl you are considering focusing on.

Step 3: Proposal development and selection

After further proposal development with Studio 1854 and Malala Fund your proposal will be submitted. If you are selected, you will have been chosen by Malala herself to carry out this commission.

Applications are open to photographers at any stage of their career

© Luisa Dörr.

If you know a girl** in your region whose story aligns with the Against All Odds theme, then together, this could be your chance to amplify her voice.

Women photographers from non-high-income countries and Malala Fund territories i.e. Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey can apply for free.

** Girls will be between the ages of 14- 24

The opportunity to apply for the first instalment of the Against All Odds Commission is now closed
This commission is open exclusively to 1854 Access Members

Show the world how girls on the frontline are a force of change.