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Firecracker award goes to Nadia Sablin, for photographs full of intimate power

Firecracker :

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.

The annual award was won this year by Nadia Sablin, Sean O’Hagen reports in The Guardian, and as a judge for the competition should have insights

A stunning photographic portrait of Sablin’s two elderly aunts, living quietly in rural Russia, has won a documentary prize – and deservedly so

Nadia Sablin has won the 2013 Firecracker award, which provides funding for a female photographer to complete a documentary photographic project. She is the second recipient of the award; last yearJo Metson Scott took the prize for her series, The Grey Line.

Two Sisters, Nadia Sablin, Firecracker award 2013

Love and wonder … Sablin’s two aunts puzzle over a crossword

I am not sure the value of work should necessary be selected by the sex of the artist but I do think Firecracker are doing a good job, you should go and have a look at their rather minimal site, here is a link