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The 2018 shortlist for the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018, supported by Olympus, has been announced today alongside news that Rebecca Conway, the 2017 award winner, will have her work displayed at the new After Nyne Gallery in London from 3-20 July 2018. A Private View will take place on 4 July when the winner and two runners up of the 2018 prize will be announced.

Valley of the Shadow small files for Gallery-16

© Rebecca Conway



The gallery is a collaboration between Olympus and After Nyne, via a new partnership to present a range of photography and other visual arts in a permanent space in West London at After Nyne Gallery.10 Portland Road, W11 4LA

The 2018 shortlist includes 30 women, working across the world on a diverse range of topics including indigenous transgender in Colombia, recovery from opioids in the US, women farmers in Scotland, survivor activists in Bhopal, the legacy of poverty in former coal mining towns in the north of England and with photographers coming from the US, UK, Brazil, Iceland, Russia, Ecuador, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Scotland, India and Pakistan. The stories to be told in the projects range from the personal to the political to the global.

  • © AgnesVillette_AtomicDogs

  • © Amanda Mustard_childabuseUS2

  • © Ana Caroline de Lima_Xavante

  • © Anastasia Evesinekina_humansandnature

  • FloodZone project

  • © Anna Mia Davidson_MuslimwomeninUS

  • © Annabelle Marcovici_refugees&theatre

  • © Chloe Davies_Familiar

  • Rebecca (one-year-old) sits on the bottom bunk that she and her mother Sandra share with all their worldly belongings in the Alberge in Ixtapec.

  • © Claudia Leisinger_Roma

  • © France Keyser_MuslimsFrance

  • © Francesca Moore_Bhopal

  • © Gerry Smurfit

  • Amazona Warmikuna

  • © Julia Rendleman_Recovery

  • © kristina_syrchikova-Muzhiki

  • © Lena Mucha_transgenderColombia

  • © LyndaGonzalez_Colonias

  • © Maria Contreras Coll_Maenstruation

  • Stan Klein in his studio

  • Dispossessed: Poverty and deprivation in the Brexit heartlands of North-East England.

  • India

  • © Nicola Parry_wrightproject

  • © Nida Mehboob_AhmadiPakistan

  • © Ozge Sebzeci_childmarriageTurkey

  • © Ranita_Roy_healthcare_women&children_India

  • © Sabrina Merolla_If Art Can Change the World

  • Hajj

  • Uncut - Somaliland

  • © SophieGerrard_drawntotheland

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© is assigned to the images in the order below


Agnes Villette (French) – Atomic Dogs: contaminated landscapes of Chernobyl

Amanda Mustard (US) – Multi-generational child sexual abuse in the US

Ana Caroline de Lima (Brazilian) – Body & Soul – This is who we are: indigenous peoples of Brazil

Anastasia Evsinekina (Russian) – The Boxwood Fire of the Caucasus: the interaction between humans & nature

Anastasia Samoylova (Russian) – Flood Zone: sea level rise in Miami

Anna Mia Davidson (US) – American-Muslim: second generation Muslim women in the US

Annabelle Marcovici (US) – Good Chance: refugees & the theatre

Chloe Davies (British) Familiar: unedited representation of family life

Christina Simons (Icelandic) – Running To Nowhere: the Central American refugee crisis

Claudia Leisinger (Swiss) – Europe Revisited: Building a Future for the Roma

France Keyser (French) – French and Muslims: normalising Islam in France

Francesca Moore (British) – Women Survivor Activists – Bhopal

Gerry Smurfit (British) – Working Women in Asia

Isadora Romero (Ecuadorian) – Amazona Warmikuna: women of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest

Julia Rendleman (US) – A Lifetime to Recover: the opioid crisis in the US

Kristina Syrchikova (Russian) – Muzhiki: village life in Russia

Lena Mucha (German) – In Between: Indigenous Transgender in Colombia

Lynda Gonzalez (US) – A Different Border: immigrant Latinos on the Texas-Mexico border

Maria Contreras Coll (Spanish) – The taboos of menstruation in Nepal and beyond

Mariah Karson (US) – Jews: breaking the stereotype

Mary Turner (British) – Dispossessed: the legacy of poverty in former coal mining towns in the north of England

Natisha Mallick (Indian) – India’s Justice Dilemma: the treatment of Muslims in India

Nicola Parry (British) – Life but not as we know it: children in the UK living with severe disabilities

Nida Mehboob (Pakistani) – Pakistan Shadow Lives: discrimination of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan

Ozge Sebzeci (Turkish) – Divorced at 15: Syrian refugee children marrying & divorcing in Turkey

Ranita Roy (Indian) – Healthcare of women & children in India

Sabrina Merolla (Italian) – Sunny days: new democracies of Europe

Shai Chishty (British) – The Mosque is not breaking any Laws: Muslim women & prayer

Simona Ghizzoni (Italian) – Uncut: Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Sophie Gerrard (British) – Drawn to the Land: women farmers in Scotland


2018 is the second year the award has been given and one overall winner will receive £2,000 towards their project and will have their work exhibited in the new After Nyne Gallery in 2019 and an exhibition catalogue created. Additionally, there will be two runners up to the award, who will each receive £500 and a selection of images from their final photo essay will be exhibited at an upcoming exhibition at the new After Nyne Gallery alongside the winner and who will also feature in the exhibition catalogue. Their work will also be profiled on the FotoDocument website and digital channels. All shortlisted photographers will participate in a group show at the After Nyne Gallery in 2019.

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 whether emerging, mid-career or established can take part.

Submissions are reviewed by an international panel of industry experts including: Dorothy Bohm, Donna de Cesare, Celia Davies, Nina Emett, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Marilyn Stafford and Helen Trompeteler.

“We are delighted that the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018 has been supported by Olympus. They are a forward-thinking brand, which values the contribution of women photographers striving to make a difference in the world. The offer not only includes cash for the winner and two runners up, but also a solo show for the finalist alongside a group show for all the shortlisted photographers at the amazing new After Nyne gallery in London in 2019. It’s going to be hard for the judges to select the three finalists – we have received so many high quality entries from all over the world, covering a vast array of important subjects which all deserve oxygen. In the meantime, we are excited to present a solo show at the After Nyne gallery from our inaugural Award winner from 2017, Rebecca Conway, whose work is truly outstanding.” Nina Emett, Founding Director, FotoDocument

“I am so very excited and deeply moved by the many talented and caring applications received for the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018. It was with great difficulty that a short list of 30 was arrived at! It is heartwarming to know there are so many talented women photographers out there who are deeply concerned about our world and eager to do something through their work to make it a better place. They all deserve a successful career ahead and I am proud and pleased to be able to help a little along the way, with the generous support of Olympus. I am also very excited about seeing Rebecca Conway’s work on the walls of the After Nyne gallery in July, she has exceeded all our expectations!” Marilyn Stafford

“Olympus are proud supporters of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award. In a male dominant market it can be tough for female photographers, this Award not only recognises their talents and hard work, but also supports them in their photographic journey. Sharing great images is paramount and we are pleased to celebrate the fantastic entries from last year in our new gallery space and we are excited to see what this year’s competition will bring.” Georgina Pavelin, Marketing Manager, Olympus UK


The exhibition “Valley of the Shadow” by Rebecca Conway will run from 12th – 20th July 2018
The After Nyne Gallery is situated at 10 Portland Road, W11 4LA
Opening hours daily: 10am – 6pm