Despite there being a high percentage of female photography students on courses across the UK (often around 80% female to male ratio), the likelihood of them taking their skills to career-level drops dramatically.
Those who do pursue their dream career are simply not shouting about their work in the same volume as their male counterparts. This campaign aims to empower both professionals and amateurs to shout about their passion and achievements.
The Photography Show has partnered with a selection of women who work across various areas of the industry and challenged them to select a piece of work that they have photographed or filmed that makes them feel empowered, which will be displayed at the event in March.
Many of the women involved will also lead talks at the show, discussing topics such as creating meaningful images, falling into filmmaking and what can go wrong in photography, alongside a host of technique-based seminars.
Some of those to feature include Agatha A. Nitecka who has created iconic images that promote feature films, including many posters over her eight years working in the film industry. She has collaborated with award-winning directors, actors and production companies and has shot exclusively on 35mm for Universal Studios, BBC Films, Working Title, Film4, The Bureau and many others.
Angela Nicholson is the founder of She Clicks – a female-only photography group on Facebook where participants can share advice and network. Angela has been a photographer for many years, runs workshops on the subject and is a freelance writer for industry titles.
There's also Carys Kaiser who comes from a production background, having done everything from sound recording, working as a camera assistant and camera operator, to self-shooting PD (producer-director). She has worked on science and historical films and on TV productions in the UK for over 16 years. As a camera operator, her work includes news, sport and documentaries. She decided that to move forward with her visual storytelling, she had to upskill and learn to fly a drone. She’s loving every second of her new skill.
Emma Drabble is a professional photographer who comes from an extensive documentary photography background and she trained in Marseille in the 1980s. Emma is a Panasonic ambassador and Getty contributor. She shoots on two Panasonic Lumix G9's and works with a GH5 for filmmaking. She is commissioned currently by the Heritage Lottery and HARC on the River Stories Project to shoot an extension of a project she worked on last year. This year she will be shooting Gwent Living Levels, a documentary on the changing ecology and impact on people and industries.
Iulia David is a London-based photographer specialising in editorial, commercial and beauty portrait photography. She has done work for Phlearn, NailsInc and Little Mix Cosmetics to name a few, and has been internationally published. Besides shooting, Iulia is also an Interfit Photographic UK Creative pro and teaches both beauty lighting and photoshop high-end retouching.
Esther Ling is a self-confessed non-techy photographer who learned on 35mm and carries over her disciplined way of shooting to digital. She specialises in food photography but also covers weddings and social location portraits. She believes in simplicity and not overcomplicating things and works where possible in all genres of photography with available light and wide-open apertures, a definite lover of shallow depths of field.
Jennifer McCord, meanwhile, began shooting music photography after touring with a band she’d connected with on Twitter at 18. Now 23, her work has taken her all over the world and she enjoys shooting a mix of commercial, editorial and touring work with clients including Reading Festival, Skull Candy Headphones, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, SubPop Records, Fall Out Boy, Half Moon Run and Jägermeister.
Mandy Dhillon is a leading and established Asian female cinematic videographer. Based in Staffordshire, she surges around the country to provide videography services to her clients across the county. She entered the industry over 10 years ago and has grown her business and its reputation from strength to strength ever since.
Tesni Ward is a professional wildlife photographer, Olympus Ambassador and Benro Ambassador, based on the outskirts of the Peak District. While the majority of her work focuses on British wildlife, she also photographs projects across the world and has aspirations to promote conservation and education through her images.
You can see the full list or book tickets online at www.photographyshow.com.