Photograph for the Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award
The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nokia are inviting aspiring photographers and photojournalists to submit images capturing the many aspects of women’s empowerment around the world.
This is an incredible opportunity for enthusiastic and ambitious photographers to use pictures to spark positive debate on women’s rights, and to help foster social change.
The winner will receive the very first Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award, and attend a Thomson Reuters Foundation professional training course on Mobile Journalism. Last year, courses were held in London, Buenos Aires and Tbilisi.
What does women’s empowerment look like in your country? And what does it mean to you? Photographers are encouraged to explore themes such as: leadership, courage, passion, opportunity, innovation and motherhood. Women do not enjoy the same rights and opportunities everywhere. Tell us a story. Show the world a positive image to inspire and trigger change.
Your photos will be assessed by a prestigious line-up of judges from the world of photography, journalism and women’s rights.
10 finalists will be selected and asked to put the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the test, using the outstanding photo capabilities of the smartphone to create a portfolio of images illustrating women’s empowerment.
From these 10 finalists, one photographer will be chosen, and will receive:
Finbarr is a Reuters photographer and winner of the World Press Photo 2006. He began his journalism career as a writer turned to photography in 2005 covering Africa. He has since won numerous industry awards for his multimedia work and photogrtaphy, including first place awards from POYI and the NPPA. Finbarr is published widely in leading international magazines and newspapers and his solo exhibition Congo On the Wire has shown in France and Canada, and at Harward’s Carr Center for Human Rights. His series on white poverty in South Africa was included in the exhibition “After A” in Italy in 2010.
Journalist, author and Chime for Change Managing Editor. Mariane Pearl, an award winning journalist and writer, is the Managing Editor of Chime for Change's Global Journalism Platform. Her first book A Mighty Heart, which celebrates the values of humanism and dignity while detailing the investigation into the 2002 terrorist kidnapping of her husband Daniel in Pakistan, won international praise and was turned into a movie starring Angelina Jolie. She writes for Glamour, The New York Times and The Sunday Times among other publications and is writing her third book, a family memoir about the multiple facets of her identity.
Tim Large is Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He leads the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global news service covering humanitarian issues, climate change, women's rights, corruption, human trafficking, good governance and social innovation. Tim led the creation of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Emergency Information Service (EIS) for disaster-affected populations, which first deployed immediately after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. The EIS provides life-saving information, in local languages, via local media and other channels. Tim is also in charge of editorial content for the annual Trust Women Conference, a joint venture between Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International New York Times.
Kristina Bjorknas is the imaging technology marketing manager at Nokia. For the past ten years, Kristina has worked at Nokia in various roles ranging from R&D to marketing. She has a doctorate in Engineering Science and a master’s degree in Physics. The high points of her career have been the launching of the Nokia PureView imaging brand and the launch of the best smartphone camera in the world, the Lumia 1020. Photography is also one of her hobbies. Kristina practices a variety of sports during her free time.