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NUJ Women in Photography event


Wednesday 19 June 2019

10.30 registration & coffee/tea for a 11.00 start

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NUJ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB


According to the 2018 report The State of News Photography almost 70 per cent of women photographers said they faced discrimination in the workplace. This NUJ Photographers’ Council event will look at the barriers facing women and how the union can support women photographers and videographers and stop the disproportionate number leaving the industry.

This one-day event brings together industry experts, photographer organisations and networks, photographers and videographers and NUJ officers and officials to discuss the issues.

It includes a workshop by NUJ trade union trainer Caroline Holmes to help you feel more confident when dealing with tricky situations and the session will equip you with some of the skills to get assignments and be paid what you are worth.

10.30: registration with coffee/tea

11.00:  Panel and Q&A

Welcome: Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ genral secretary..
Chair:  Natasha Hirst, chair of the NUJ’s Photographers’ Council
•    Adrian Hadland, professor of communications, media and culture University of Stirling, and co-author of The State of News Photography.
•    Charlie Booth, programme co-ordinator, Redeye photography network.
•    Pennie Quinton, chair of the London Freelance Branch.
•    Celia Jackson, senior lecturer photography, USW and co-founder of the Phrame Collective.
Group discussions: What are the barriers to women pursuing careers as photographers/videographers?  What measures or solutions are there to these barriers? What role can the NUJ play in helping to overcome these barriers and support women photographers/videographers? What role can men play? How can we change the culture of the industry?

Lunch 13.00-13.45   (Lunch is included in the ticket price, please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance of the event)

Feedback from the discussion groups to the expert panel.

David Ayrton from the NUJ’s freelance office explains how the union supports photographer members.

Caroline Holmes: practical session on helping you to feel more confident when dealing with tricky situations. How you approach a conversation around pay or work can often determine whether the outcome is successful. This session will equip you with some of the skills to get that assignment and be paid what you are worth.

There will be an opportunity afterwards to network at the on-site Bread & Roses at the Chapel café.


Find out more about the Photographers' Council


NUJ members £6.98/Non-members £17.64

Further details and contact information

NUJ Freelance Office

Tags: , photographers' council, equality, photographers, videographers, discrimination, professional training