The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award

Providing creative opportunities for women photographers

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported generously by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.

The overall winner is awarded a grant of £2,000 and and all shortlisted applicants are featured on the FotoDocument website.

The Award is reserved solely for female documentary photographers working on projects that are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported / under-reported.
The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the wishes of Marilyn Stafford and the aims of FotoDocument.
Women from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established.
They must already have started the photo essay for which they are seeking funding and be able to show work in progress.
In addition, they must have already completed at least one other documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record prior to applying for funding.

Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world.

It is free to submit.

© Taniya Sarkar. Honourable mention 2022

Submissions are reviewed by international panel including:

  • Andrea Bruce – Photojournalist, Co-owner NOOR photo agency, Nikon Ambassador
  • Donna De Cesare – Photojournalist, Associate Professor University of Texas
  • Nina Emett – Director of FotoDocument, Curator, Documentary Photographer
  • Neo Ntsoma – Photojournalist, Founder Neo Ntsoma Productions

Marilyn Stafford and her daughter, honorary judge, Lina Clerke will also join the panel.


© Natalya Saprunova 2022 winner

© Isadora Romero 2021 winner

© Nicky Quamina-Woo 2020 winner

© Anna Filipova 2019 winner

© Özge Sebzeci 2018 winner

© Rebecca Conway 2017 winner