“Well-known London music photographer Sarah Ginn is quitting the industry due to persistent “misogyny and bullying.”
In a note posted to Twitter last night, Ginn says that she has been forced to endure blatant sexism for years, treatment that is now causing her to walk away from music entirely….”
“The Nikon D850 is quite the beast of a camera. It holds a massive 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor that can record 4k video and create 8k time-lapses…. The only problem with such an amazing monster of a camera is that Nikon thinks it’s too much for women to handle….
… I myself can think of a large number of women photographers that would be more than capable of producing spectacular images with any camera, let alone this camera. But when Nikon created a team of 32 professional photographers to be the faces of the Nikon D850, they didn’t choose a single woman photographer….”
- Parrot & Pineapple Photography – Where are all the women?
“Although there seems to be more focus on the gender disparity issue lately—some are even cynically saying it’s a fashionable trend to talk about gender and diversity—the fact remains that women are less represented and less awarded in the profession of visual journalism….”
- Women Photograph – “an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female visual journalists.”
“…The X-E3 is, in a nutshell, all my favourite things, in an even smaller package than its predecessor. It’s like Yoda. You think it’s a small frog, then it turns out to be a Jedi Master….
… I’ve been using the X-Pro2 since November 2015, and I still love everything about it, so I’m stoked to have that same image quality and high ISO capability… in a smaller body. And it is really tiny…
… The X-E3 is a tiny machine that packs a punch. If you’re a Pro2 shooter looking for a smaller, stripped down body to throw in your bag, this is it. If you’re a beginner looking for something rangefinder-like that will help you along with your learning curve, this is it. Me? I just love it.”
- Fujifilm X – A rangefinder style ultra-compact mirrorless camera with outstanding image quality and enhanced handling
- Fujifilm.com – Fujifilm X-E3
- FujifilmGlobal – X-E3: Charlene Winfred x Singapore / FUJIFILM
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“… Sexism—from paternalism to discrimination to outright harassment—is a problem in just about every work setting, and the photo industry is no exception. As photographer Nadiya Nacorda puts it, “Sexism does not stop at the photo industry’s doorstep. It comes inside, and goes in your fridge, cracks open a beer, and sits on the couch.” Female photographers we interviewed expressed anger, frustration and resignation over the sexism they frequently encounter. They also expressed defiance—and hope….”
“Key organisations from across the screen industry have made a united and formal commitment to work towards building a more inclusive sector….
… To join the SDIN, all of the organisations have had to officially commit to a charterthat enshrines equal opportunities, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, disability or geographic location.
The charter obligates each organisation, inter alia, to reflect the diversity of Australian society in both who they hire and stories they create, to establish benchmarks around diversity, and to commit to seeking out and supporting diverse emerging talent….”
- pwc australia – Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020
- Screen Australia – Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in Australian TV Drama
- The Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network
March has been declared Women’s History Month, celebrated in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, while International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. In Sydney, International Women’s Day is commemorated with the Sydney International Women’s Day March and Rally in Hyde Park, held this year on Saturday 11th March between 10am and 12noon.
Female photographers at the Women’s March in Sydney, January 2017
I will be there this Saturday and attended the event last year, photographing the gathering and march from Hyde Park down Macquairie Street with my trusty Fujifilm Finepix X100. The day was hot and bright, while this Saturday may be dark, cold and wet.
Meanwhile, Time magazine has published Women in Photography: 34 Voices From Around the World, noting that “March is Women’s History Month and in the current political and social climate, it’s never been more critical for us to have a woman’s visual perspective.”
There are no Australian female photographers in Time‘s list of “34 women photographers to follow right now”. Grrr.
- B&H Photo Video – Women of Influence
- Her Side of the Street
- Independent – How 100,000 Russian women helped create International Women’s Day 100 years ago
- Professional Women Photographers
- Street It! Women Street Photography
- Time – How the World Celebrated International Women’s Day 2017
- Time – Women in Photography: 34 Voices From Around the World
- Time – Women Photographers Are Being Written Out of the War Narrative
- Women in Photography
- Women of Street Photography world map
- Women Photograph
There are three short film competitions to watch out for each year and two of them hail from this part of the planet, The Antipodes. Two are current, RØDE Microphones‘ My Røde Reel and Zacuto‘s My Story Film Competition, with the latter closing acceptance of entries on 31st March and the former closing entries acceptance on 30th June.
New Zealand colour grading software maker FilmConvert‘s Color Up Competition is in between seasons right now, as it were, with 2017’s coming later in the year. Time flies so I am sharing details here so you can be ready for when comp time comes around.
RØDE Microphone’s My RØDE Reel
All three competitions come with great lists of attractive movie-industry prizes and sponsors, with RØDE Microphones stating that My RØDE Reel, now in its fourth year, “is the world’s largest short film competition”.
My RØDE Reel is also notable in that it offers a special Female Filmmaker award that is “selected by the judging panel, [and] is designed to encourage and celebrate women in the film community.”
I will leave it up to the three companies to share the details about each competition as only they can so if you wish to know more, please click on the links embedded in the text above or the links below.
- FilmConvert – FilmConvert Color Up Competition
- RØDE Microphones – My RØDE Reel 2017
- Zacuto USA – My Story Film Competition
Header image concept and design by Carmel D. Morris.