New Photography Competition – Microsoft & Thomson Reuters Foundation – #WomenMakeItHappen

We all know this! ‘Women Make It Happen’.  They are change makers, leaders, educators, and natural-born entrepreneurs. They lead by example and inspire entire generations. This year, the Trust Women Photo Award celebrates inspirational women who take the lead to further their families, communities and society at large.

Photographers and photojournalists are invited to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women around the world, who are achieving incredible things in their communities.

One selected photo will be showcased at the Trust Women Conference on November 9-10, 2015 in London. It is the annual international event organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights and to the fight against human trafficking.

Microsoft and Thomson Reuters Foundation are partnering Talenthouse, the global community of artists, to empower photographers with a series of career opportunities as part of this year’s Trust Women Photo Award.

Photographers around the world are invited to submit images which best capture the lives and stories of extraordinary women achieving incredible things in their communities.

Talenthouse is dedicated to empowering creatives around the world to make ideas happen by providing them with opportunities to collaborate with major brands, and receive financial rewards and global exposure for their work.

The Selected Artist, as chosen by a judging panel which includes Finbarr O’Reilly, Reuters photographer and World Press Photo winner, will have their photography showcased in London at the Trust Women Conference, the annual international event organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation which is dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights and the fight against human trafficking and slavery.

As well as having their photograph showcased at this year’s Trust Women Conference, the Selected Artist will be awarded the esteemed Trust Women Photo Award, featured in an interview published on the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning website, and have their photography showcased across the social channels of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trust Women, and Microsoft. The Selected Artist will have the opportunity to further boost their career prospects with an all-expense paid trip to a Mobile Journalism training course, and have their portfolio reviewed by the ThomsonReuters Foundation multimedia team.

Photographers have until Thursday 19 February 2015 at 6 p.m. GMT to submit their images here

Don’t forget to share your picture with your friends and your network on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WomenMakeItHappen.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: