Anush Babajanyan is a member of VII Photo Agency, living in Yerevan, Armenia. Anush focuses her work on social narratives related to women and children, the environment and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among others. In addition to working extensively in the Caucasus, she also continues to photograph in Central Asia and around the world. 
Anush Babajanyan is currently working on an environment related project in Central Asia, supported by the National Geographic Society. She is also working on the publication of a second book for the #BridgingStories project she co-founded, that brought together young photographers from Turkey and Armenia.
Her photography has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, she has worked with UNICEF and various other international publications.
Anush Babajanyan is the winner of the 2019 Canon Female Photojournalist Grant.
Svetlana Bachevanova is the publisher of FotoEvidence, a curator, a photo editor and documentary photographer.
Sabiha Çimen,  born 1986 in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a self-taught photographer with an emphasis on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life. She graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with an undergraduate degree in International Trade and Finance, and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies. With her project titled "Hafız: Guardians of the Quran" she participated in the World Press Photo - Joop Swart Masterclass in 2018 in Amsterdam. She won the 3rd prize in the Phmuseum's Women Photographers Grant-2018, honorable mention in the Gomma Grant-2019, and 2nd prize winner in the World Press Photo Long Term Projects- 2020.Sabiha Çimen is the recipient of the 2020 Canon Female Photojournalist g rant. Recently she joined the Magnum Agency. She is based between Istanbul and New York.

Zoraida Lopez-Diago is a photographer, curator, activist and co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution (WPR). Her photographs center around themes of migration, incarceration, undocumented farm workers and have been shown across the United States and Latin America. She has lectured at institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, La Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), and the Tate Modern, among others. Zoraida was the assistant curator of the Picturing Black Girlhood exhibition at Columbia University and co-curated Women as Witness, a photography exhibition about how women document survival across the globe. Zoraida is currently co-editing a volume of essays and photographs on the topic of Representations of Black Motherhood & Photography (Women Picturing Revolution, Spring 2021, Leuven University Press). She lives in Beacon, NY. Photo: 
Eva Deitch Photography

Tanya Habjouqa is an artist, educator and member of NOOR Images. Her work stems from long-term investments and collaborative methodology, blending ethnography, investigative reportage, and intuitive sense for metaphor. Tanya trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media from the University of London SOAS. Her book “Occupied Pleasures” (published by FOTOEVIDENCE) received accolades by both TIME and Smithsonian magazines, the work winning a World Press Photo award. She is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arabe, and Carnegie Museum of Art, represented by East Wing. She mentors for the Arab Photography Documentary Program, teaching workshops internationally. There is a layer of gravitas beneath Habjouqa’s work, making her a rare breed of photographer able to seamlessly blend light-hearted and hard-hitting.
Charlotte Schmitz’ approach to her photography is deliberately personal and often subverts the traditional documentary approach, which allows her to convey her messages about women and migration. She grew up in the danish minority in Germany and studied documentary photography in Hanover. Charlotte's work has been published in The Washington Post and der Spiegel, among other international media outlets. The British Journal of Photography selected her as Ones To Watch 2019 and she is the first recipient of the FotoEvidence W Award with her work La Puente. She speaks six languages and is currently based in Berlin. 

Sandra Mehl  is a photojournalist based in Montpellier, France, She graduated from Sciences-Po Paris, and the School of Advanced Studies in Social Science. Before becoming a photojournalist she worked in humanitarian aid in West Africa and in urban development in the suburbs of France for nearly 10 years. “I am interested in the relations between humans and their living territories. First abroad in Israel/Palestine, where I documented the daily movements of Palestinians crossing Israeli checkpoints for economic and religious reasons (Checkpoint Chronicle ) and in the USA, in Louisiana, where I have been documenting since 2017 the slow disappearance of Jean Charles island, whose inhabitants are among the first official climate refugees in the USA (Fading into the Blue). Then, my work turned towards the more familiar worlds in France, becoming more intimate. Since 2015, I have been documenting the daily life of two sisters from the Cité Gély, a working class neighborhood in Montpellier (Ilona and Maddelena).“
 Her work is recognized by Bourse du Talent 2016 , PHmuseum Prize, and the Kuala Lumpur Photo Award. In 2020, she is one of the winners of the Women Photograph Nikon Grant. 
In parallel to her personal photographic projects, she regularly works on assignment for the Le Monde, Elle, Marie-Claire, Libération, The New York Times, Stern, and La Repubblica.  
Since 2018 she also leads training courses in photojournalism at the Paul Valéry University of Montpellier.
Amelie Shuele is a Project Coordinator at FOAM Amsterdam working on its public programme and projects outside the museum. From January 2018 until February 2020, she was a curator at Unseen Amsterdam and was responsible for the festival programming including the exhibitions and speakers programme as well as organising projects throughout the year. Prior to this, she worked for 6 years in the commercial gallery sector in Switzerland for galleries including Christophe Guye Galerie and Hauser & Wirth. She obtained a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies at the Zurich School of the Arts where her thesis, 'Photographic Fiction', examined how the concept of fiction affects the relationship between authenticity and photography.
Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator and journalist. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Australian and Australian Financial Review, World Press Photo Witness, the French journal The Eye of Photography and Pro Photo magazine. She is also the publisher of the widely read weekly blog Photojournalism Now. Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography as social change, and is a lecturer in media communications at Monash University (Australia). Additionally, Alison has been a judge in the FotoEvidence Book Award (2016), for Australia’s largest photography festival Head On Photo Festival (2015) and the Australia & New Zealand PhotoBook Awards (2015). She has also been on the selection panel for the Indian Photography Festival (2017) and VOHH Bangladesh (2020). For the past five years Alison has been a guest speaker in the Head On seminar program (2016-2020). In 2019 the exhibition The Female Eye, curated by Alison made its debut at the Pingyao International Photo Festival, China. The Female Eye was also featured in the 2020 Auckland Festival of Photography.

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 personal 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 ten years, FotoEvidence has published 27 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 an international jury to one woman  whose work merits a book. The hardbound book will be published by FotoEvidence. Two other photographers will receive honorable mentions.

Submission period: September 1st- October 1st, 2020
The jury  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 January at the FotoEvidence website.

Submission Requirements:

•    The W Award is open to all adult women photographers and women 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. This year is challenging for all of us and we'll appreciate your donation. Contributions collected during the submission process support the production of the winning book. Jury 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: Lastname_Firstname_ project title e.g. Smith_Jane_Women at Work
•     A WORD document with your statement of up to 1500 words about the work.Tell us how do you envision the book.
•     Resume/CV
  Entry fee: Free to submit with a suggested donation of $20. (Jury members do not receive information about contributions.)
• If you have a PDF of the work already developed as a book concept and you want to share it with us on addition to your application please contact Andrea Kennedy at

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 September 1st and October 1st  2020 (23:59:59) EST.. 

The winner of the W Award will be announced in January 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.


Charlotte Schmitz wins the inaugural 2019 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.