Melville, NY—In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Canon USA announced their association with Women Photograph. The movement was created to promote the representation of female photojournalists.
Canon is working with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program. The program funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals and other developmental opportunities.
Launched in 2017 and founded by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is an initiative to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. It has compiled a private database that includes more than 700 independent female documentary photographers based in 91 countries. Moreover, any commissioning editor or organization can utilize the database for their photojournalistic hiring needs.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s IWD than to support an initiative that is enriching the professional advancement of female and non-binary photojournalists,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director of professional client development and support and Canon Professional Services. “Women Photograph has created a home for professional women photojournalists to showcase their work for potential clients. Canon is honored to help continue the momentum of this initiative.”
Women Photograph Workshop Hosted by Canon
Canon Professional Services will host a Women Photograph Workshop at the Canon Customer Experience Center in Orange County, California. The workshop will be held in December 2018. Dates as well as details will be provided by Women Photograph.
“Canon is an ideal strategic partner as we ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent,” said Daniella Zalcman. “So much of breaking into the photojournalism industry relies on networking and professional development events that can be prohibitively expensive. The generous support from Canon will help our photographers access these resources.”
Women Photograph operates an annual series of project grants for emerging as well as established photojournalists. The association also offers a yearlong mentorship program. It also manages a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals and other developmental opportunities. Its mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. It also works to ensure that the industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.