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The Women in Photography (WIPNYC) Grant & Mentor Program

The Women in Photography (WIPNYC) Grant & Mentor Program will provide one female photographer with a $5000 grant to produce work and a year of mentorship with four art professionals.

Grant Details

- The grant provides one female photographer with financial support and mentorship. The grantee will receive $5000 to produce work. In addition, they will be paired with four photo/arts professionals for one-on-one Skype or Google Hangout sessions. Each mentor will be available for 6 hours over the course of one year (for a total of 24 hours.)

- One $5000 grant, one year of mentorship, a solo show on wipnyc.org

About Women in Photography

Launched in June 2008, Women in Photography is an innovative website founded by artists Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips that showcases the work of women artists. The internet-based project focuses on exhibiting work outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world, allowing it to reach a global audience and to provide opportunities at no cost. Mixing emerging photographers, mid-career and established artists, the site’s curatorial focus is to feature the diversity of work being made by women artists.Women in Photography has collaborated with many independent women curators, Aperture Foundation, LACMA, MoCP, Lesile Tonkonow, Lightwork, P.P.O.W Gallery and Humble Arts Foundation.

In 2009 the site launched its grant program. With the generous support of LTI/Lightside Photographic and Kodak, Women in Photography has given 12-thousand dollars in funds and materials to support women artists.

Women in Photography (WIPNYC) Grant & Mentor Program is made possible by the generosity of The Crossed Purposes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation.

Women in Photography is a fiscally sponsored project of Brooklyn Arts Council

The jury

Amy Elkins Artist - Co-founder Women in Photography

Amy Elkins (b. 1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; North Carolina Museum of Art; Light Work Gallery in Syracuse, Aperture Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, De Soto Gallery in Los Angeles, the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, TX among others. Elkins has been awarded with The Lightwork Artist-in-Residence in Syracuse, NY in 2011, the Villa Waldberta International Artist-in-Residence in Munich, Germany in 2012, the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015.

Elkins' first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night was Shortlisted for the 2016 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

Elkins is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC.

Cara Phillips - Co-founder Women in Photography

Cara Phillips was born and raised in suburban Detroit. Her history with the beauty industry began as a child model for Ford Models and continued into her years working as a make-up artist in luxury department stores. In her late-twenties she returned to school and studied photography at Sarah Lawrence College.Since graduating in 2007 her work has been published and exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards. Solo exhibitions include Robert Morat Gallery in Hamburg & Station Independent Projects in New York City. Her work is in several public & private collections and her first monograph, Singular Beauty, was released in 2012 by Fw:. It was short-listed for the 2012 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award and was selected for several best book lists.

Cara lives and works in Brooklyn.

The mentors

Emma Bowkett - Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine

Emma is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. She has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. In 2015 she won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.

Emma is the co-curator for a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London.

Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London.

Susan Bright - curator and writer

Susan Bright has curated exhibitions at institutions including: Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago amongst others. The exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain was the first major exhibition of British photography at Tate. The exhibition of Home Truths (Photographers’ Gallery and the Foundling Museum and traveling to MoCP, Chicago and Belfast Exposed ) was named one of the top exhibitions of 2013/2014 by The Guardian and The Chicago Tribune.

Her published books include: Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography (2017), Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (2013), Auto Focus: The Photograph in Contemporary Photography (2010), How We Are: Photographing Britain (2007: co-authored with Val Williams), Face of Fashion (2007), and Art Photography Now (2005). She regularly writes for museums and monographic books, and contributes to numerous magazines and journals.

She has been visiting scholar and critic at various universities internationally. Bright holds a Ph.D in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London and currently lives in Paris.

Karen Irvine - Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Karen Irvine has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center; Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival. Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago

Whitney Hubbs - Artist

(b. 1977, Los Angeles) received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and BFA from California College of the Arts. Most recently, Hubbs was included in a four-person exhibition at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include Body Doublesat M+B Gallery and at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside; as well as the following group exhibitions, Me and My Arrow at ZieherSmith, New York; After Effect, at Ballroom Marfa, TX; Bottom Floor at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; and Vapegoat Rising at Arturo Bandini.Hubbs' work has been featured in Issue, Blind Spot, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Musee Magazine. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum Library, The California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside; and The Riot Grrrl Collection, Fales Library Special Collections, New York University, New York. This February, Hesse Press will publish a collection of her photographs called Woman in Motion. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Alfred University.


April 30, 2017
Call for Entries
June 15, 2017 11:59PM EST
Submission Deadline
August 15, 2017
Winner Announcement


Submission Requirements
  • 10-15 imagess
  • Women artists only (cisgender & transgender)
  • Students matriculated during the period of June 1st 2017 - June 30, 2018 are not eligible to apply
Entrance Fees
No entrance fees


Q. Is there a fee to enter?
A. No

Q. I am not a U.S. Citizen, can I apply?
A. Yes

Q. I am currently enrolled in an MFA program or full-time undergraduate program can I apply?
A. No. If you are a matriculated student during the period of June 1st 2017 - June 30, 2018 you are not eligible to apply

Q. Can I ask the mentors for more time than agreed upon in the mentor program?
A. No. We ask that you respect how valuable their time is, and stay within the agreed upon hours

Q. I applied for the previous WIPNYC/Lightside grant can I apply again?
A. Yes

Q. My work has been featured on the site, can I apply?
A. Yes

Q. Can I spend the grant money however i want?
A. No. Only the following expenses are allowed. All expenditures must be submitted at the end of the year with receipts to Women in Photography:

Camera & lighting equipment Film/Processing Post-processing (scanning, digital processing fees, etc) Software or computer equipment Travel costs related to project Printing costs Book maquettes Printing Paper Portfolio supplies/production costs Frames and/or mounting Research materials Model fees Assistant fees Misc. expenses related to the project (materials needed to support the creation of images)

Q. Can I submit work from a previous body of work, if I am applying to start a new project?
A. Yes

Q. I am an established artist, is this grant only for emerging artists?
A. No, the grant is open to artists at any stage in their career. It is up to individuals to decide if this program makes sense for their practice.

Q. I missed the deadline can I still apply?
A. No, unfortunately we cannot accept late applications.

Previous Winners

Women in Photography - Judge Sasha Wolf
Tema Stauffer – 2012 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Tema Stauffer – 2012 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Anna Beeke – 2012 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
Anna Beeke – 2012 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
Women in Photography - Judge Heather Darcy Bhandari
Christina de Middel – 2011 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Christina de Middel – 2011 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Brea Souders – 2011 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
Brea Souders – 2011 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
Women in Photography - Judges Amy Elkins & Cara Phillips
Erika Larsen – 2009 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Erika Larsen – 2009 WIP–LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant Recipient
Erica Allen –  2009 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
Erica Allen – 2009 WIP–LTI/Lightside Materials Grant Recipient
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