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supporting women photographers

Firecracker Photographic Grant


The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project.


Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging, the Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £1,000 plus £1,000 credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.


Applications are open to women photographers born or residing in Europe and submissions are judged by an independent panel of industry specialists from a cross section of disciplines and sectors, including picture editors, commissioners, art buyers and gallerists.


Submissions are subject to a £10 application fee, with all funding contributing to the Grant total.


Applications are now closed but will reopen in summer 2017.



2016 Judging Panel


Chloe Dewe Mathews - Photographer

Chloe Dewe Mathews is an award-winning photographic artist based in London.  After studying fine art at Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Oxford, she worked in the feature film industry before dedicating herself to photography. Her work is recognised internationally with “Shot at Dawn”, her current exhibition touring to STILLS: Scotland’s Centre for Photography, Edinburgh; Tate Modern, London; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Ivorypress, Madrid.  Public and private collections have acquired her work, including the British Council Art Collection and The National Library of Wales. Chloe’s first monograph was published by Ivorypress in 2014 and her work is often featured in mainstream editorial media such as the Guardian, Sunday Times and Le Monde.Her awards include the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, the Julia Margaret Cameron New Talent Award and the Flash Forward Emerging Photographer’s Award.  Her nominations include the Prix Pictet, the Foam Paul Huf Award and the MACK First Book Award. Chloe is currently the Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.



Eleanor Macnair - PR Specialist and artist

Eleanor Macnair lives and works in London. She specialises in the PR and marketing of photography, with clients including White Cube, the National Portrait Gallery, Magnum Photos and Gost publishers. In 2013 she began her 'Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh' project in which she recreates both iconic and lessen-known photographs in Play-Doh. The project was published in book form in 2014 by MacDonaldStrand/Photomonitor and has been exhibited at Atlas Gallery, London; Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden and Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.


Emma Lynch - Picture Editor, BBC Global News

Emma has worked at the BBC in variety of photographic roles, currently as Picture Editor for the Global News service. Previously she was deputy picture editor on the award winning BBC News Online picture desk.  Her main focus is to commission, compile and produce compelling photographic content for the online output.


Bruno Ceschel - writer, curator and lecturer at the University of the Arts London and ECAL

Founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that supports and promotes the work of emerging photographers. Self Publish, Be Happy has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including Tate Modern, The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Ceschel is also the Director of SPBH Editions, which has most recently published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Lucas Blalock, Mariah Robertson, Gareth McConnell and Lorenzo Vitturi. Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications such as FOAM, The British Journal of Photography and Aperture Magazine and has guest-edited issues of Photography and Culture, Ojo de Pez and The PhotoBook Review. Ceschel latest book "Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto" was published by Aperture Foundation in November 2015.


John Wyatt-Clarke - Founder of Wyatt-Clarke & Jones

Wyatt-Clarke & Jones are an agency who specialise in introducing documentary photographers and artists to advertising clients. Director of Project Pressure, an art/science/environment charity. Former Creative Director of Magnum Photos, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Wales, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press.




Grant History


The inaugural Firecracker Photographic Grant was awarded in September 2012 to British photographer Jo Metson Scott for her project 'The Grey Line', a sensitive documentation of 'conscientious objectors'; American and British soldiers speaking out against the Iraq war. The book has since been highly commended and voted one of the best photo books of 2013 by Time, The Observer, The Telegraph and Empire.


"Receiving the Firecracker grant was a huge endorsement for me and for a piece of work I'd been struggling to find the right platform for. The award gave the work great visibility and the grant itself, as well as the support from Genesis, was instrumental in the final stages of bringing the work together as a book. Beyond being a grant, Firecracker connected me to a supportive group of photography professionals, who gave me the confidence to pull together a project I'd been working on alone for 5 years."










The 2013 Firecracker Grant was awarded to Nadia Sablin, a Russian photographer living between Brooklyn and St. Petersburg, was chosen for her documentary project ‘Two Sisters’, a story of the photographer’s unmarried aunts who live a traditional and ancestral life in rural northwest Russia, tied to the land and to each other. The project allows us insight into their lives, relationship, identity and the place they call home; each photo offering quiet contemplation on time, aging and family relationships. Since then, Sablin has been awarded a fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts and exhibited the project at the Bellevue College in Washington State.


The judges also chose to Highly Commend the work of two additional photographers,  Italian Myriam Meloni, nominated for her work on Moldova’s economic orphans, ‘Behind the Absence’ and German photographer Regine Petersen was selected for her constructive narrative about meteorite showers, ‘Fragments’. Each photographer was provided with a bursary of £500, mentoring from industry professionals and a contribution of Trolley publications.










In 2014 Armenian/American photographer Diana Markosian was awarded the Grant for her highly acclaimed project 'Inventing My Father', the photographers personal attempt to reconnect with her absent parent. By combining her own visual storytelling ability alongside archival and found photography, Markosian delivers a truly authentic and moving account, resulting in her viewer’s total absorption in, and commitment to, the story. The judges also commended British photographer Sian Davy for work exploring the artist's daughter, 'Looking for Alice'.










In 2015 Spanish photographer Lua Ribeira was awarded the Grant for her visually stimulating exploration of British dancehall culture. Her project, Noises in the Blood, explores the celebration of a ritual, embracing consciously the exotic stereotype towards a different culture looking at the immediate differences between photographer and the subject, opening a dialogue about the English Jamaican women and their manners within a shared context.