It's just how things are – cameras and camera gear were originally designed by men for men. Carrying heavy camera equipment required physical strength and so, as a result, what we have is primarily a male-dominated industry. The invention of point-and-shoot cameras and, later, capable cell phone cameras saw many females, both amateurs and professionals, using cameras as a tool to show how they see the world. The stereotypes are still there though, and the discrimination sometimes goes further when female photographers are not taken seriously. Many camera gear shops and businesses still have male-dominated staff as well as there being inequality in the professional photography industry where, as revealed in a TEDx talk by Jill Greenberg, around 92% of adverts are shot by men, as are 85% of magazine covers.
We don't think this is fair, especially as a community organised and run by female photographer Ana Lyubich, so one of our main focus areas at the Excio Photo Community is to help other female photographers be more confident and courageous in showing their work. At Excio, we are proud to have more than 60% of female photographers with many punching above their weight and using cameras to show that beauty is in our differences, not in trends, standards, money or race – some of their work is featured below. The warmth and serenity which is so specific to the most beautiful women in the world comes to balance all the negativity we see in the media nowadays. There are many more talented female photographers in our community whose work you can explore on our app or web portfolio.
Our initiative #PhotographyForWomen is there to give fellow female photographers a chance to have a voice and share their work. Our Photography For Women conference last year was a great success and we have now launched a series of Photo Walk+ for Women as well as special columns on our Blog and in NZPhotographer Magazine.
We are always on the lookout for talented female photographers (no matter their skill level or location) so if you are reading this and want to showcase your work to a worldwide audience whilst gaining confidence and learning – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a very special offer to join the Excio Photo Community!
"Eyes" by Parmeet Sahni
"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides."
"Love in Nepal" by Susan Blick
"Steampunk Lady" by Carole Garside
"A Strong Woman of a Yakel Tribe" by Maria Ligaya Photography
"I met Linette Yowayin, the mother of Selin in the 'Tanna' movie and in Real-life (If you are wondering who is Selin, it will be on my earlier post). We were walking towards her house when she welcomed us with a bright radiant smile. Here in this photo, I saw her sitting under a tree, resting when the sun at her back started to illuminate her beautiful face. - The “characteristic social behavior” of being a woman is to help the men. Women were made to work alongside him. Here in this tribe, they work together with the men, they have the same function, easy or difficult tasks, it doesn't matter. They do male works too, or anything to contribute to Tribes' day to day lives. - But of course, they are wives and mothers too. When they are in the stage of having children, they like to work in their havens doing things such as cleaning and cooking. This is an excellent place to spend time with their little ones, teaching them how to do things that really matter in caring for and serving others and other foundational lessons. - You will think Yakel Tribe are so distinctive from us, yet the tribes are no different, they work for a living, they teach their children good habits and practices and most especially they Love. Just like us."
"Portrait" by Di Lewis
"Cutey Clara and her Pony" by Fairlie Atkinson
"Trio" by Ann Kilpatrick
"A Flower in a Garden" by Linda Cutche
"For the love of a horse" by Raewyn Smith
"Neon Flower" by Charlie Sefo
"Timeless soul" by Vicky O'Connor
"The Girl in the Green Car" by Lynn Fothergill
"Elle Study" by Charlotte E. Johnson
"Happy" by Anita Ruggle
"Baby dancer" by Lee Waddell
"Karyll" by Anne Zablan-Balila
"Serenity" by Lisa Yates Photography
"Maternity" by Mandy Sidhu
"Contemplation" by Jodelle Leatham
"Guise" by Rochelle Marshall
"Liza in lavender" by Zhanna
"Poppa's" by Helen Dol
"River Child" by Francesca
"I Float Alone" by Karen McLeod
"Washed Up" by GumbootsandTiaras
"Cheroot Smoker" by Lyn Alves
"Wairarapa Portrait Shoot" by Monica Ferguson