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Firecracker Award for Women Photographers

Firecracker is an online platform dedicated to supporting european women photographers.

Despite many fantastic women working with photographic media, the industry continues to be dominated by male counterparts.

Firecracker assists the promotion of women photographers by showcasing their work in a series of monthly online gallery features.

Photographers are brought to our attention via a network of industry professionals and guest curator spots from high profile individuals.

In 2012 the annual Firecracker Photographic Grant was launched to assist a woman photographer born or residing in Europe with the completion of a documentary photographic project.

One photographer featured on the site is

ALYS TOMLINSON, her work is wonderful and beguiling and definitely worth checking out further, you can visit her site here

Home1©Alys Tomlinson

Home4©Alys Tomlinson

Home5©Alys Tomlinson

The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project.

The inaugural Firecracker Photographic Grant was awarded in September 2012 to British photographer Jo Metson Scott for her project ‘The Grey Line’, a sensitive documentation of soldiers speaking out against the Iraq war.

“Receiving the Firecracker grant was a huge endorsement for me and for a piece of work I’d been struggling to find the right platform for. The award gave the work great visibility and the grant itself, as well as the support from Genesis, was instrumental in the final stages of bringing the work together as a book. Beyond being a grant, Firecracker connected me to a supportive group of photography professionals, who gave me the confidence to pull together a project I’d been working on alone for 5 years.”

See Metson Scott’s winning work here

Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging the 2013 Grant fund will be a minimum financial contribution of £1,000 cash plus £1,000 of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.

Applications are open to women photographers born or residing in Europe and submissions are judged by an independent panel of industry specialists from a cross section of disciplines and sectors. Applications are subject to a £10 application fee, with all funding contributing to the Grant total.

Applications for the 2013 Grant are now open and close 28th July 2013.