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Winner of Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award is: Rebecca Conway

There was widespread agreement among the judges that Rebecca’s photography track record and proposal strongly met all the criteria for the Award.  We are very pleased to be able to support her project “Valley of the Shadow” based on the treatment of civilian trauma (PTSD) in Indian-controlled Kashmir following three decades of separatist insurgency, conflict and violence.


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2016_06_12_Anantnag_PTSD_0129© Rebecca Conway



Rebecca Conway is a British photo editor currently based in New Delhi, and works on independent photojournalism projects. A former text reporter, she spent six years in Pakistan writing for outlets including Reuters, The    National and humanitarian new organisation IRIN, concentrating on stories stemming from the conflict in Afghanistan, internal displacement and issues affecting women. She moved to India in 2013 when she started creating    her own photography. She is currently focusing on a project in Pakistan, and on this long-term work on PTSD in Kashmir.

Rebecca will receive £1,000, 3 x mentoring sessions during the course of completing her photo essay, and finally her work will be promoted via our social media channels and published on the FotoDocument website.




Honourable Mentions for Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award

We had so many quality applications that it was difficult to select only two runners-up, so three photographers receive Honorable Mentions as follows:

Ranita Roy for her project on child labour and education in India.

Monique Jaques for her project on girls living on the Gaza Strip.

Lynda Gonzalez for her project on Colonias in South Texas.

The work of the runners-up will be promoted via our social media channels and will be published on the FotoDocument website.


Thank yous

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to ALL the photographers who submitted applications to the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – we understand how much work goes into this process and would like to acknowledge the commitment by all photographers who use documentary photography to tell important, under-reported stories which focus, at least in part, on solutions to major social or environmental issues.


We would also like to extend our heart-felt thanks to the judges who lent their time, expertise and seasoned eyes to reviewing the applications and helping to select the finalists.

Marilyn StaffordDorothy BohmCelia DaviesMelanie Friend, Donna DeCesareAnna FoxNina EmettLina Clerke (Marilyn Stafford’s daughter)


We will keep our audiences updated with the development of these exciting photo essays.


 Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Short-list:


Alex Potter

Amanda Mustard

Angela Sairaf

Anna Mia Davidson

Betsy Joles

Elisabeth Blanchet

Ingrid Guyon

Julia Rendleman

Lynda Gonzalez

Marilene Ribeiro

Megan Emmerson

Melanie Dornier

Monique Jaques

Natisha Mallick

Ranita Roy

Rebecca Conway

Sabine Van Wechem


About the Award:

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – in association with FotoDocument – will be granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the initiation or completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.

The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the aims of FotoDocument and the wishes of Marilyn Stafford. The Award is reserved solely for documentary photographers working on projects which are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported or under-reported.

Women from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established, but they must have completed at least one documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record. Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world.

It is free to submit your application.


Submissions will be reviewed by an international panel of industry experts including Marilyn Stafford (, Nina Emett (, Anna Fox (, Dorothy Bohm (, Donna de Cesare (, Melanie Friend ( and Celia Davies ( Marilyn Stafford’s daughter, Lina Clerke, will be an Honorary Judge.

There will be one overall winner who will receive The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £1,000 towards their project. Their final work will be profiled on the FotoDocument website and via social media and they will receive mentoring support from Marilyn Stafford and FotoDocument during the course of their project. There will be two runners up who will each receive an Honourable Mention and whose work will be profiled on the FotoDocument website and via social media. Short-listed applicants will be named on the FotoDocument website and via social media.

The Award launched on 4th March as part of International Women’s Day 2017 events in Brighton, UK. Applications can be received from that date onwards.

Please down load the Call for Submissions document and the Application Form below.



After reviewing the Call for Submissions guidance thoroughly, please complete your application form and send it to: by 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 7 June 2017.




About Marilyn Stafford

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Marilyn Stafford’s early dreams were for a theatrical career. Her photographic career was accidently launched in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends making a film about him. In the car on the way to Einstein’s home in New Jersey, she was given a camera and a quick lesson in how to use it. From there on, her photographic career took her across the world, starting in Paris in the 1950s. There her friendship and guidance by Magnum founders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson were instrumental in shaping her work. While completing commissions for a number of Paris fashion houses she also photographed children living in one of the city’s worst slums – Cite Lesage-Boullourde – which was later bulldozed to make way for the Paris Opera Bastille, 1984.

These photographs are featured in her Monograph: “Stories in Pictures – A Photographic Memoir – 1950”. In the early 1960s she travelled widely in Lebanon where she produced the photo book: “Silent Stories – A Photographic Journey Through Lebanon in the Sixties” (Saki Books, London) and in India where she spent many weeks documenting the country’s first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

She settled in England in the mid-sixties, where she was one of a handful of women photographers working on Fleet Street.

Stafford’s work spans from 1948 – 1980 and covers a variety of subjects including refugees, tribal peoples, international fashion and prominent historical figures. Her portraits include Edith Piaf, Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Lee Marvin, Joanna Lumley, Sir Richard Attenborough among others.

Her work has been exhibited all over the world and is syndicated through Sipa press, Paris and Camera Press, London.

Marilyn’s current exhibition which includes her 1950′s work on the Paris slum Cite Lesage-Boullourde is at Alliance Francaise, Toronto Canada, which launched on International Women’s Day 8 March 2017.

Following that there will be an exhibition of her photographic memoirs from the 1950s at Lucy Bell Gallery, Hastings UK, launching Saturday 6 May 2017 and then at the Art Bermondsey Project Space, London UK, launching Monday 26 June 2017.

Working as a reportage photographer in a largely male industry, Stafford personally experienced how difficult it was for women to balance career and family, especially when each opportunity was hard won. She recognises that this difficulty still exists for women in the industry today and with the launch of this Award she hopes to help redress the balance.