The Hundred Heroines campaign is an initiative run by The Royal Photographic Society to highlight the significant contribution that women are making to photography globally. As part of the celebrations marking the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK,’the Jury believes that its choice of the final hundred showcases the best of global contemporary female photographic practice, and reflects the amazing diversity of methodologies and approaches of different generations of women working within the medium.
Speaking about the selection process, jury chair Rut Blees Luxemburg said: “The process of looking at the work of over 1000’s of photographers was incredibly stimulating and inspiring for the jury. It opened up so many new avenues of understanding in contemporary photography practices. The selection of a Hundred Heroines reflects a much larger community of female photographers, those chosen to salute and embody this community are emblematic for their inspiration, advocacy and pioneering spirit.”
With this celebration of the UK centenary of women’s right to vote, the RPS is also acknowledging the need for change within the world of photography. This year has seen a number of initiatives highlighting and attempting to address gender inequality in photography. The RPS Hundred Heroines campaign is proud to be part of the movement that is accelerating the recognition of ground-breaking photographers working globally.’