Charlotte Schmitz wins the first FotoEvidence W Award with her work La Puente.

Honorable mentions: Hannah Kozak with He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard
 and Stacy Kranitz with Fulcrum of Malice
June 11, 2019 Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of FotoEvidence, announced that photographer Charlotte Schmitz will receive the first FotoEvidence W Award and that her work La Puente will be published by FotoEvidence.

The W Award:

FotoEvidence Women is a new chapter of FotoEvidence Press, a space for free expression, devoted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their stories in the form of a photo book. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance.

During the past nine years, FotoEvidence has published 22 books to draw attention to human rights violations, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. At this moment, women around the world are seeking equal rights and equal opportunity. FotoEvidence Women will support this global movement.

The FotoEvidence W Award for Personal Story will be granted by a selection committee to one woman  whose work merits a book. The hardbound book will be published by FotoEvidence. Two other photographers will receive honorable mentions.

Once a year, a selection committee will review the applications and select a winning project. The selected work will be published as a hardbound photo book by FotoEvidence.

Submission period: January 15-February 15th, 2020
The committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no candidate has met the criteria. 

The winner of The  W Award will be announced in June at the FotoEvidence website.

Submission Requirements:

•    The W Award is open to all adult women photographers and photographer collectives.
•    Submit up to 15 images from one project. If you are selected for the award you will be asked to submit 100-120 photographs on the same topic.
•    Submissions are free with an option for suggested donation of  $20. Contributions collected during the submission process support the production of the winning books. Committee members do not know who has contributed and who has not.

The W Award  is governed by FotoEvidence's terms and conditions.  Please review the terms and conditions before submitting.  During the submission process you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions.

If you experience difficulties submitting your work please contact technical support at

How to Submit:

To enter the FotoEvidence Women Award register here.

Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be asked to follow submission procedures:

•    Fifteen photographs with titles and captions. Photographs without captions in the file info will be rejected.
•    Each image should be 72 dpi and 1024 pixels on the longest side. (The system will reject bigger files). 
o    RGB mode
o    JPEG format
o    Maximum quality
o    Filename: LastnameFirstname_ project title e.g. SmithJohn_Women
•     A statement of up to 1500 words about your work.Tell us how do you envision the book.
•     Resume/CV
•     Entry fee: Free to submit with a suggested donation of $20. (Selection Committee members do not receive information about contributions.)

All applications should be based on a long-term projects and should reflect the personal experince of the photographer. All photography medium are accepted.

Photographers may submit more than one portfolio. A separate application is required for each entry.

Please check the box that indicates you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions.

For problems with The W Award submission, contact: 

Deadline and Timeframe:

Submissions for the 2020 W Award must be received between January 15 and February 15  2020 (23:59:59) EST.. 

The winner of the W Award will be announced in June at the FotoEvidence website.

Usage Rights

All published images will be credited with the photographer’s name. Copyright and ownership of photographs remain with the photographer/photographers at all times. Entrants agree  to grant FotoEvidence permission to use submitted work for promotional purposes in any electronic media, printed materials, or advertising, to be reproduced in third-party newspapers and magazines (printed and electronic) solely for the purpose of promoting the work, the photographer, FotoEvidence and The W Award. 

The W Award prize winner(s) agree to the publication of their photographs as FotoEvidence hard bound books under the terms of the FotoEvidence book contract.

FotoEvidence team will collaborate with the photographer on editorial decisions in the development and publication of the book. Photographers will receive 25 complimentary copies of the book.

Important Notes:

FotoEvidence reserves the right to reject entries that are not submitted properly. Submissions should come directly from artists or organizations. No exceptions will be made for late submissions.
The committee reserves the right to not award a grant in any given year if they determine that no candidate has met the criteria.

Selection committee:

Svetlana Bachevanova- Publisher of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer.

Laylah Amatullah BarraynLaylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer working in the medium for 20 years. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Her work has been supported with grants and fellowships from Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies, the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, En Foco and The Brooklyn Arts Council. She has exhibited at Galarie Ethiopiques (Senegal), Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), MANIFESTA European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Italy), Open Ateliers Zuidoost Gallery (Holland), Rencontres d'Arles (France) and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA) among other institutions. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Barrayn also is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first anthology in nearly 30 years that highlights photography produced by women of African descent.

Shamila N. Chaudhary- Shamila N. Chaudhary is a foreign policy analyst and writer with over two decades of experience in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
She is currently the Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Senior Fellow at New America; and a fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.
She served twelve years in the U.S. government, including as advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and as Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the White House National Security Council during the Obama administration.
After departing government service, Chaudhary became interested in how photography can create social and policy impact and studied photography at the George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Her photography, which focuses on issues of identity, community, and childhood, has been described as having "a dreamy quality that show off her appreciation for shadows and contrast, along with an understated sense of humor."
Chaudhary's work has been featured in The Washington Post and other media outlets and has exhibited in galleries in the DC metro area. She chairs the board of Focus on the Story, a non-profit organization exploring how visual storytelling can spark social change. She is also the Executive Director of the Focus on the Story International Photo Festival and co-editor of the documentary photography book UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People’s Response.
Chaudhary also curates exhibits dealing with politics, social issues, and international affairs and organizes shows at galleries and institutions in the DC metro area, including at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she directs The Big Picture, a forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture.
She earned a B.A. in American Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in International Affairs and Comparative Politics from American University in Washington, DC.

Maral Deghati- Maral Deghati (France/Iran), photo-editor, producer and educator specialising in photojournalism. She has more than 15 years of work experience
in photojournalistic management and education across Europe, Asia and Africa. Maral has worked in many aspects of the industry from reportage
to sales, in both editorial and commercial. She has been international project manager and programmer for the WARM Foundation and its festival since 2012, and she also worked as manager of education at World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam. She speaks English, Farsi, French, Arabic, and Spanish and has working knowledge of Urdu, Italian and Swahili.

Yumi Goto- Yumi Goto is an independent art and documentary photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant. She focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders, and collaborate with local and international artists who work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, social problems, human rights abuse and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations, as well as international photo festivals and events throughout Asia.

Régina Monfort- Régina Monfort is a french-born photographer and editor living in New York City. Her work focusing on issues pertaining to youth, cultural identity and social stigmas has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad.
Monfort brings her formal experience working with major photographic legacies to her editing projects. She embraces working with long-form narratives, sequencing and articulating stories so they may serve as enduring testimonies. Since joining the FotoEvidence team in 2010 she has edited a number of our award winning books.

Veronica Sanchis- Veronica Sanchis is a Venezuelan photographer, photo editor, and contributing writer for Photographic Museum of Humanity (U.K); Photo World magazine (China) and Photography is Art (Hong Kong).
In 2014, she founded Foto Féminas, an online resource for promoting Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. In addition, she has curated and produced photo exhibitions in Argentina, China, Guatemala and Peru.

Maggie Steber- Maggie Steber has worked as a photographer in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.

Mary Virginia Swanson is an innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography. Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients internationally known artists and respected arts organizations. Unique among advisors in our field, her broad background and professional reputation offers a broad range of perspectives on both the making and marketing of art.

Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists.