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. Now in its 10th 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.
Fiona Rogers is the Director of Photography and Operations for Webber Represents and Webber Gallery. Prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer of Magnum Photos, responsible for managing the operations of the agency and designing and implementing strategies with the CEO. She is the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers, and recently authored a book published by Thames & Hudson; Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now, celebrating contemporary women practitioners. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions, including, the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. She is on the Board of the Martin Parr Foundation and The Peter Marlow Foundation and an advisor to the Royal Photographic Society.
Latin America + Caribbean
Foto-Féminas is a platform established by Verónica Sanchis Bencomo who is interested in promoting through monthly online features the work of female photographers working in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Rawiya is the first female photo collective from the Middle East (though they opened membership up to male photographers in late 2016). Their work tends to focus on the perceptions of cultural stereotypes, gender roles, politics, displacement, and culture — both in the Middle East and beyond.
Founded in 2017 Lumina is a new Australian collective of award-winning photographic artists breaking ground in visual storytelling and dissemination. Committed to revealing diverse stories and narratives within the Australian landscape and further afield, Lumina’s core aim is to build capacity through collaboration and community. Each artist brings to the collective a unique voice and vision.
A private database includes more than 850 independent women documentary photographers based in 99 countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.