Firecracker was established in 2011 by Fiona Rogers to promote women working in photography, through a variety of online features, networking opportunities and public events.
Rogers has worked at Magnum Photos since 2005 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the agency’s global operations. Prior to that she was the Global Director of Business Development responsible for strategic partnerships, brand exposure and new revenue streams. She also held the position of Cultural Education Manager for over 10 years, founding Magnum’s educational department in 2007, originating exhibitions and representing Magnum’s photographers within the commercial print sales market.
In 2012, Firecracker launched its inaugural Photographic Grant, awarded to a female photographer born or residing in Europe to assist with a documentary project.
Latin America + Caribbean
Foto-Féminas is a platform established by Verónica Sanchis Bencomo who is interested in promoting through monthly online features the work of female photographers working in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Rawiya is the first female photo collective from the Middle East (though they opened membership up to male photographers in late 2016). Their work tends to focus on the perceptions of cultural stereotypes, gender roles, politics, displacement, and culture — both in the Middle East and beyond.
Founded in 2017 Lumina is a new Australian collective of award-winning photographic artists breaking ground in visual storytelling and dissemination. Committed to revealing diverse stories and narratives within the Australian landscape and further afield, Lumina’s core aim is to build capacity through collaboration and community. Each artist brings to the collective a unique voice and vision.
A private database includes more than 850 independent women documentary photographers based in 99 countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.