Founded in 2010, Las Fotos project is an East Los Angeles nonprofit that supports self-expression, leadership skills, and the social well-being of teenage girls through photography and storytelling.
On October 23, Las Fotos will host its third Foto Awards ceremony to honor six women, three young photographers and three budding professionals.
There will also be a silent auction of photographs donated by over 50 women and non-binary photographers.
Scroll down to see a selection of work by Las Fotos students and laureates.
VÃ©ronique Monjaras | Youth editorial award recipient
Events like the Foto Awards are important because of the recognition given to budding photographers.
VÃ©ronique Monjaras | Las Fotos project
Kimberly Espinosa | Recipient of the Youth Advocacy Award
For a very long time, I have been interested in photography. It wasn’t always very accessible until I joined Las Fotos Project. Being a part of this community and being recognized for my art has changed my life so much in the best possible way.
Kimberly Espinosa | Las Fotos project
Hannah Kozak | Recipient of the Self-Expression Award
Events like the Fotos Awards are important because they inspire teenage girls through photography, mentoring and self-expression.
Hannah Kozak | Las Fotos project
Smita Sharma | Advocacy Award Recipient
Stories shape the way we see others, influence our opinions and understanding, and thus help raise awareness.
Smita Sharma | Las Fotos project
Thalie Gchent | Editorial award recipient
Since photography is a male-dominated industry, it’s important that we honor the often overlooked creative forces that shift the lens.
Thalie Gchent | Las Fotos project
Esmeralda Estrada | Recipient of the Youth Self-Expression Award
I always feel so alive with a camera in my hand, and the best part about photography is that I can choose what I want to see.
Esmeralda Estrada | Las Fotos project