Women photographers, take notes: the IWPA (International Women Photographers Award) is launching its 2020 call for entry. You have until February, 29th to apply!

Created by the Women in Photography International Association founded in 2001, the IWPA aims at restoring the balance of gender in photography and promoting the voices of women photographers, offering them international visibility. “We have a duty to ensure that the images that surround us are equally created by men and women to convey a representative and just vision of what our society is about” say association co-présidents Laure Parise and Arantza Aramburu.

Since 2017, the contest has proven successful, with more than 1700 applications, from 80 different countries. This year, the price has left the contestants a choice: they either must follow the theme ‘Sustainable’, or submit a theme-free project.

How to participate?

The contest is international and open to all and will close on February 29th at midnight (CET time). You may submit your photos on the award’s website. The jury expect from each candidate:

  • A coherent series of 7 to 10 photographs (digital or film, numerised in high definition, in colour or black and white). No copyright of any kind must be appended on the images.
  • A CV
  • A biography
  • A text presenting your work


The five finalists and the laurate’s names will be announced at the end of March 2020. Their works will be showcased in a travelling exhibition, settling in numerous cities of France, Asia and Middle-East. These exhibitions will start in Spring and will continue until the end of the year – in Paris, Dubai and Tokyo.

The laureate will also receive a Canon camera and will benefit from a 6-months photojournalism training at EFTI in Madrid.

© Felicia Simion, finaliste 2019

© Sidney Léa Le Bour, finaliste 2019

© Wan Chee Chan, lauréate 2019

Cover picture: © Wan Chee Chan