Celebrating the Flickr x Black Women Photographers Grant 2023 Finalists and Recipient

We are delighted to announce the recipient and runner-ups of the the Flickr x Black Women Photographers grant! The goal of this $2,500 grant is to help one photographer that is part of both Black Women Photographers and Flickr further their photography practice. Plus, ten more talented individuals are granted a one-year Flickr Pro membership and a one-year SmugMug Pro membership!

As part of their grant application, participants were asked to share a photo that aligns with the theme, “Light in Motion”. This theme was inspired by Edwina Hay, a concert photographer and member of the grant panel. All of the photos submitted shared the many ways the movement of light can be captured. Please join us in celebrating these photographers and the Black Women Photographers community.

Grant Recipient: Genesis Falls – “Children at Play”

Children At Play

Congratulations to Genesis Falls – the recipient of this $2,500 grant! Genesis is a contemporary portrait photographer who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She uses her love for black/white film to demonstrate feelings and emotion through her lens. Capturing people at some of their purest moments.

When asked about the winning photo she says, “It stands out to me not only because of the subjects, but the visual way the light is streaming through the water.” We agree!


So many amazing photos were submitted for the Flickr x BWP grant. Here’s our ten runners-up!

Ngadi Smart – “Family”


Ayesha Kazim – “Mirage”

Mirage by Ayesha Kazim

Michelle Vinbaineashe – “Motheo”


Julia Holcomb – “Bubbles”


Melissa Joen –


Alexis Brown – “Road to the Phoenix” 

BWPGrant - Road to the Phoenix

Gabrielle Morse – “In my motion” 

In My Motion

Kamerin Chambers – “Lost in thought” 

lost. in. thought.

Bria Woods – “Fourth of July Fireworks” 


Marcia Williams – “Nura” 


On November 22nd, This Week in Photo’s Frederick Van Johnson and Edwina Hay, joined us for a very special episode of SmugMug Live to celebrate everyone’s entries to the grant. Please take a moment to appreciate their work. If you’re interested in joining the Black Women Photographers community, we invite you to learn more and request to join the group on Flickr.