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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the art and photography industry in many ways, and our community of women storytellers, who come from low-income communities, have been hardest hit.

We wanted to support our storytellers’ work, but also to help them document their experiences – and those of people in their communities – which were more likely to go unnoticed during these challenging times.

The 'Women & COVID-19' competition

In June 2020, we organised the Lensational ‘Women & COVID-19 competition’, asking women photographers to submit ideas on the theme :’Women & COVID-19′. Because we are all about developing and nurturing young photographers, we asked them to pitch project ideas, and awarded the shortlisted entries with a cash prize, and a mentor to shoot their project. We are very thankful to have been able to support 11 projects, from 4 countries!

Meet the 11 competition winners






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