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The Ann Lesley BarTur Photo Award aims to celebrate female photographers creating exceptional work and amplify their perspectives and experiences on an international stage. Anyone who identifies as a woman, non-binary, or gender-queer is encouraged to submit to the award. Photographers of colour and from the Global South are particularly encouraged.

Photographers may submit one image, a series of up to 5 images or a series of up to 10 images. Multiple projects are welcome from a single photographer, however a new form for each project must be used.

The 2022 theme for the Ann Lesley BarTur Photo Award is: 

(Vision of the) Future

“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
― Zadie Smith

Don’t dwell in the past, live for the present, and look to the future. It is precisely this maxim that the Ann Lesley BarTur Photo Award wants to unpack with women photographers from all walks of life and experience. What does the future look like to you? We invite submitters to this category to turn their lens on any aspect of how they imagine the future; be it through intimate personal hopes or fears, or through aspirations and trepidations that they have for society at large.

How do you imagine your cities to be designed, inhabited, organized? Do you predict feeling more connected to the world or more isolated? Do you see the meaning of family being reshaped or challenged? Are you hopeful or apprehensive about the progression of gender equality and social justice? What do you think art will look like in the future, and how will we value it? Do you think understandings of womanhood and femininity will be different in the future? How will climate change, war, and global health crises affect how we relate to the planet and to each other as humans? Do you feel optimism, fear, or even apathy about how things unfold? 

Please include a short description of your work, giving it the context that ultimately explains what the future looks like to you. Whether personally or politically, globally or locally, the Ann Lesley BarTur Photo Award wants to see how women photographers are envisioning the future.

Celebrating the remarkable work photojournalists create everyday around the world.

The BarTur Photo Award and LEICA Fotographie International are delighted to partner again in 2022 for the Photojournalist of the Year. Building on the outstanding work submitted in 2021, and the amazing images taken by our winners, we are excited to see the applications in 2022.

Photojournalists risk their lives to capture a moment of conflict and war, pandemic and protest, love and beauty, happiness and celebration. To honour such achievements, we have jointly created the: Leica magazine (LFI) - BarTur Award Photojournalist of the year 2021.

Photographers may submit one image, a series of up to 5 images or a series of up to 10 images. Multiple projects are welcome from a single photographer, however a new form for each project must be used.

Our survival on this planet, and indeed the survival of any living thing on this planet is in question and somehow nothing seems to change. Our own heedless lifestyles contribute to the degradation of our land, oceans, and atmosphere.

The BarTur Photo Award is looking for work that can bring issues of Climate Change back to the forefront of discussion and attention. We welcome work that is hard to digest, challenges our naivety, work that exposes the impact of our reckless actions on people, animals, land and ocean to make us stop and think.

Photographers may submit one image, a series of up to 5 images or a series of up to 10 images. Multiple projects are welcome from a single photographer, however a new form for each project must be used.

Faces of Humanity is an award that celebrates work that illustrates the remarkable qualities in humans, including courage love, strength, determination and persistence in adversity through portraits of human faces. 

Photographers may submit one image, a series of up to 5 images or a series of up to 10 images. Multiple projects are welcome from a single photographer, however a new form for each project must be used.

Embracing different cultures, lifestyles and thoughts has led to some of history's greatest accomplishments. 

As we live through a time of heightened tensions, and nations divided, we have seen first-hand the damage clashing cultures and thoughts can cause. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate diversity, and unite in the things that make us so fascinating as human beings.

Diversity enriches our daily lives, whether through music, art, food or friends, we need to cherish our differences and share them with the world.

To compete for the BarTur Photo Award, we are looking for commentary on Unity in Diversity. Your work should encourage us to find unity in the variety of human experience.

Photographers may submit one image, a series of up to 5 images or a series of up to 10 images. Multiple projects are welcome from a single photographer, however a new form for each project must be used.