Leica Camera USA has announced the three recipients of the inaugural Leica Women Foto Project Award.
From over 600 submissions across the United States, photographers Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova and Eva Woolridge were selected by a prestigious panel of judges in the photography, art and entertainment industries to each receive $10,000 and a Leica Q2 to pursue a personal project that tells a story through the female viewpoint.
Debi Cornwall was chosen for her series Necessary Fictions, which explores the staging and performance of American power in immersive, realistic military wargames.
Yana Paskova is a Bulgaria-born, Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photojournalist and writer who will utilize the award funds to continue developing her photographic series, Where Women Rule.
As told through her lens as a self-proclaimed African-American and Chinese-American queer woman, Eva Woolridge will round out the inaugural LWFP recipient class by bringing her personal experiences to life in her project The Size of a Grapefruit.
To learn more about the Leica Women Foto Project and the 2019 award recipients, visit the project's website.