“Women are the ultimate economic accelerators, spending 90% of everything they earn back on their families… When a woman works, the whole family benefits; children are better fed, better educated and have more chances to succeed in life.”
This fact – that women have enormous potential – as pointed out by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa, is gaining increasing awareness around the globe. Women truly make things happen, and not just to themselves. Instead, they transform entire communities, and eventually societies.
To celebrate this, Microsoft and Thomson Reuters Foundation are inviting talented photographers and photojournalists to showcase women making a world of difference. As part of this year’s Trust Women Photo Award, and in partnership with the global artists’ community Talenthouse, they will provide photographers with a wide variety of amazing professional opportunities.
To grasp those opportunities, you are invited to submit images that capture the lives and stories of extraordinary women achieving incredible things in their communities. In order to participate, just go to the Talenthouse website and follow the instructions.
You have until Thursday 19 February 2015 at 6 p.m. GMT to send your masterpieces. After this, the judging panel including Finbarr O’Reilly, Reuters photographer and World Press Photo winner, will present this year’s esteemed Trust Women Photo Award to a selected artist. If it’s you, you’ll also have your photography displayed in London at the Trust Women Conference, an annual international event organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation. The event is dedicated to advancing women’s rights and fighting against human trafficking and slavery.
What’s more, you’ll get interviewed for the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning website trust.org, and have your photography showcased across the social channels of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trust Women, and Microsoft.
Learn and get empowered, too
The career-boosting prospects don’t end there either. You’ll also have the chance to advance your professional prospects with an all-expense paid trip to a Mobile Journalism training course, as well as have your portfolio reviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation multimedia team.
“We’re dedicated to supporting, empowering, recognising and rewarding aspiring creative talent,” says Maya Bogle, the co-founder of Talenthouse. “This partnership with Microsoft and Thomson Reuters directly supports aspiring creatives as they seek new ways to express their creativity and work with brands.”
Participating in this global creative invite could really take your artistic career to the next level. So, which of the many awesome women around you do you plan to showcase, or will you grab your camera and travel further afield in your search? While we’re impatiently waiting to see your photographic masterpieces, please post your stories below. And remember to share your work with the whole wide world on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WomenMakeItHappen.