(image courtesy Emily Macinnes)
Magnum Photos, Oxfam and IdeasTap today announced the winners of Exposure: The Oxfam Photography Prize for Women 2013.
This unique prize offers three female photographers the opportunity to complete a commission for Oxfam’s spring fundraising campaign, including a trip to either Armenia, Chad or Sri Lanka, mentoring from a Magnum photographer and £1,000, funded by IdeasTap.
The winners - selected by a panel of Magnum representatives, Oxfam commissioners, and independent photographer judge Abbie Trayler-Smith -- are Bes Young, Ella Dickinson and Emily Macinnes.
“We were really impressed with the number and quality of entries, the applicants’ understanding of Oxfam’s issues, and their commitment to the subject,” said Eleanor Farmer, Multimedia Project Manager for Oxfam. “We were looking for good technical skills, but most importantly the ability to make and edit a series of images which tell a story. The winning entrants demonstrated a strong desire to say something about their subject through photography and we think they will greatly benefit from this opportunity to work with Oxfam and a Magnum photographer and develop their skills further.”
Bes Young (24, Northern Ireland) will be working in Sri Lanka to document Oxfam’s work to improve livelihoods by establishing and supporting dairy co-operatives. She will be mentored by Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur.
Ella Dickinson (23, London) will be travelling to Chad to cover Oxfam’s programme work which aims to improve food security for communities affected by successive droughts. She will be mentored by Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter.
Emily Macinnes (24, Scotland) will be travelling with Oxfam to Armenia to document the regeneration of a jam factory which will help improve the livelihoods of women in Tavush. The trip will coincide with the fruit and berry harvest. She will be mentored by Magnum photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero.
The images will be used by Oxfam in their fundraising communications in Spring 2014 and beyond, with potential for an exhibition alongside the work of the Magnum commissions.