2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants Winners

2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants Winners


Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. unveiled the winners of the 2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants. The program celebrates talent and diversity within the photojournalism community.

For the second year in a row, Women Photograph and Nikon are awarding five women as well as nonbinary photographers $5,000 each to support their documentary projects.

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Transcending Self is a portrait project on transgender and non-binary youth. Photo by Annie Tritt, © the photographer

“It is an honor to work alongside the members of Women Photograph for a second year,” said Lisa Baxt, associate general manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “We are so inspired by their strong work and dedication to making positive changes within the photography community. We are proud to support this initiative to recognize as well as elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual storytellers.”

As If We Never Came is inspired by the struggle to understand the Yemeni-East African heritage and who they are as Yemenis in generational diaspora. Photo by Shaima Al Tamimi, © the photographer

2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grant Winners

This year’s five recipients include a talented group of photographers from four different countries. Moreover, they all use their visual storytelling to shed light on a variety of important topics affecting the world today. The 2019 Women Photograph + Nikon Grant winners are:

Dreaming Gave Us Wings recontextualizes the myth of flying Africans as a factual historical occurrence. Sophia Nahli Allison, © the photographer
  • Annie Tritt, an American photojournalist who focuses on transgender and also nonbinary related topics.
  • Iman Al-Dabbagh, a Saudi documentary photographer who shares stories about social and human issues, identity and self-image.
  • Marie Hald, a Danish documentarian who works on projects surrounding gender issues; she specifically looks at women and their relationship to beauty.
  • Shaima Al Tamimi, who is from Yemeni-Kenyan and based in Qatar. Her documentaries focus on impacts of migration, identity and culture.
  • Sophia Nahli Allison, an experimental American documentary filmmaker and photographer. She weaves fiction and nonfiction storytelling to create unconventional stories based on black female experiences.
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    This project addresses freedom of expression, taboos and censorship. Photo by Iman Al-Dabbagh,   © the photographer

    “We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Nikon for this year’s grant program to empower these accomplished storytellers and help magnify their voices within the industry,” said Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph. “It is partnerships like this one that help us carry out our mission to create a more diverse and representative community of photojournalists worldwide.”

Women Photograph

Women Photograph launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women visual journalists. Moreover, the organization believes that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices, including trans, queer as well as nonbinary people.

This three-part project explores body image, eating disorders and body activism. Photo by Marie Hald, © the photographer

Moreover, its private database includes more than 950 independent women documentary photographers based in 100+ countries. The database is available privately to any commissioning editor as well as organization.

In addition, Women Photograph operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists; a yearlong mentorship program; and also a travel fund to help female photographers access developmental opportunities.