Firecracker was established in 2011 by Fiona Rogers to promote women working in photography, through a variety of online features, networking opportunities and public events. In 2012, Firecracker launched its inaugural Photographic Grant, awarded to a female or non binary photographer to assist with completing a documentary project. To date, the grant has provided over £20,000 to deserving visual artists internationally. Past winners include Diana Markosian, Raphaela Rosella, Peyton Fulford, Heather Agyepong and Yufan Lu. In 2017, Thames & Hudson published ‘Firecrackers; Female Photographers Now’, a compendium of over 30 contemporary lens-based female & non binary artists, which was jointly authored by Rogers and long-time collaborator Max Houghton. Firecracker recently created the annual Contributors Award; an opportunity for artists to nominate and thank the hard working professionals of the photographic industry for their efforts in making necessary space and supporting underrepresented artists. Announced on 8 March, International Women’s Day, the 2022 winners included curators Taous Dahmani and Shoair Mavlian, writer & editor Gem Fletcher and artist & activist Maryam Wahid. Now in its 11th year, Firecracker continues to champion the work of female, female identifying and non binary photographers internationally through its online platform, annual grant, social media channels and event program.
Women Photograph is a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists worldwide. The private database includes more than 1,300 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and collects data on hiring and publishing statistics in the photojournalism industry. Our mission is to shift the makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. We believe that inclusion and equity work must be fully intersectional, and are committed to supporting and highlighting photographers across the spectrum of all identities.