More than 500 female and female-identifying photographers from around the world responded to an open call by the RPS Women in Photography Group. A curated selection of 50 self-portraits was shown in an online exhibition. SELFIES: Women in Photography celebrates the current take on a classical form of artistic expression, with the winning entries announced on social media and presented in digital form in keeping with the most visible modern iteration of the genre.
Congratulations to our winners
Best of Show: Jekyll and Hyde by Frankie MacEachen (UK)
Best B&W SELFIE: Do I Sitwell by Dee Robinson (UK)
Best International SELFIE: Reflections by Aljohara Jeje (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Judges Gold: to Eloisa Sanchez (Mexico) as the only photographer with both submitted images selected for the exhibition
People's Choice Award: Do I Sitwell by Dee Robinson (UK)
The exhibition reflects the great diversity within self-portraiture, traditionally driven by personal salvation, self-scrutiny or vanity; while feminist artists in particular have used the human body to express facets of identity such as gender, sexuality, race or ethnicity. With artists increasingly turning the camera on themselves during lockdown, the presentation provides an intimate snap shot of self-representation.
The Women in Photography Group is a special interest group with the objective of facilitating the celebration, education and collaboration of female and female-identifying photographers and is available to members of the Royal Photographic Society. The SELFIES call was open to members and non-members, with the selection panel including photographer Amak Mahmoodian; RPS Director of Development Tracy Marshall-Grant; RPS Women in Photography Chair Teri Walker; and Laura Noble, curator and founder of LA Noble Gallery.