The award is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the initiation or completion of a documentary photo essay addressing an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, either local or global.
launched in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends making a film about him.
In the car on the way to Einstein's home in New Jersey, she was given a camera and a quick lesson in how to use it. From there on, her photographic career took her across the world, starting in Paris in the 1950s.
There her friendship and guidance by Magnum founders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson were instrumental in shaping her work. She is now based in Sussex.
The winner of The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award will also have their work profiled on the FotoDocument
website and publicised via social media by both FotoDocument and Olympus.
The winner will receive mentoring support from Marilyn Stafford and FotoDocument during the course of their project.
Nina Emett, Founding Director, FotoDocument said:
"The judges were so pleased with our inaugural winner, Rebecca Conway, who has already made such a success of her project 'Valley of the Shadow' in Kashmir with the help of the Award.
"This year, with support from Olympus, we have been able to increase our offer to the winner and two runners up, not only in terms of helping to finance their projects but also with a London exhibition.
"This will raise the profile of the photographers considerably and it will also raise awareness of their under-reported stories, one of the main objectives.
"To facilitate this Award in honour of Marilyn Stafford is a great privilege."
For more information and access to an application form CLICK HERE. Submissions close on 18 May 2018