Sunday, February 18, 2018
60 Photographers Shortlisted For International Women Photographers Award

More than 600 photographers from 82 countries have submitted their entries to the International Women Photographers Award, IWPA, of which 60 photographers were shortlisted.

On March 1st, 2018 a specially selected international jury comprising of eminent figures from the art and photography community will announce 11 finalists including one laureate.

The IWPA Award is a photography award organised by the International Women Photographers Association and Antidote Art and Design, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise Dubai and MyArtSpy and Canon Middle East as the official sponsor. This year IWPA received more submissions from the Middle East North Africa region due to the support from the Canon ME.

The finalists’ work will be on display at ‘La Galerie’, Alliance Francaise in Dubai, which will house the opening exhibition showcasing photographs taken by women from across the world with a focus on the Middle East. It is the only exhibition of its kind in the region focusing only on women photographers, both professional and amateur, and providing a platform for them to exhibit their work to a larger audience.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 8th, to coincide with International Women’s Day, with simultaneous openings in UAE, at the Alliance Francaise of Dubai, in Lebanon at the French Institut of Beirut, and in Bangladesh at the Alliance Francaise of Chittagong.

This will be followed by an international traveling exhibition for the laureate and finalists in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In addition, the laureate will also have an official solo exhibition held at "la Galerie" Alliance Francaise in Dubai.

The international force of woman is recognised worldwide and gaining increasing influence in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia countries. To further promote creativity, encourage fresh talent and create awareness in the region, Dubai, Beirut and Chittagong have been chosen to host this photography award, with Dubai being chosen for the second time.

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