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Firecracker Contributors Award


Photographers! Has someone in the industry changed your life, or developed your career for the better?


Now is your chance to say thank you. The Firecracker Contributors Award will recognise one of Europe's hardworking female photography professionals, voted for by the people they commission, purchase, educate and support: you, the photographers.


Perhaps someone took a chance on you in the early stages of your career, or gave you a sage piece of advice you always remembered. Perhaps someone has supported your career for years. Now is the time to show your appreciation.


The rules are simple:


* You must be a photographer to vote (of any gender, nationality or address)

* The professional you vote for must be female and reside in Europe

* One vote per photographer



Nominations for 2017 are now open!

Register your vote HERE 



The winner of the 2015 Contributors Award was Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and a visiting lecturer.


She regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, to include an FT special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London 2015. After graduating, she took an internship at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Word and Image department, before working for 2 years as first assistant to a commercial London photographer and also as a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths University. She joined the FT Weekend Magazine in 2009 and was involved in the relaunch in 2010. The magazine won Supplement of the Year 2014 in the UK Press Awards.


Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London.

Twitter @emmalbowkett @ftmag

Instagram @emmalbo @FT_WEEKEND


The winner of the 2016 Contributors Award was Joanna Lowry, leader of the Photography MA and the Photography, Moving Image and Sound programme at the University of Brighton.


Joanna has been lecturing and writing about photography for over twenty-five years – first at Kent Institute of Art and Design, where she also oversaw the research culture, the development of young researchers, and the implementation of practice-based research degrees, then at the University of the Creative Arts and finally at the University of Brighton. During those years she wrote extensively for the photography art press in journals like Creative Camera, Depict, Portfolio and, with her partner David Green, organized a number of key theoretical conferences, exhibitions, and books of collected essays such as ‘Where is the Photograph?’ ‘Stillness and Time’ and ‘Theatres of the Real’. Her writings on photography, video and fine art practice have appeared in a number of edited collections and artists’ exhibition catalogues. For the last seven years she has led the MA Photography at the University of Brighton where she has concentrated on helping young photographers develop their own unique practice whilst also supporting research students in making work that is simultaneously intelligent, beautiful and critically astute.