Las Fotos Project honors emerging women photographers

Las Fotos project: the Foto Awards and the silent auction

Foto Prices

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 23

Or: Online event via Zoom

Silent auction

When: Open on October 23 at noon | Closed on October 24 at 8 p.m.

Or: Online event

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.

Véronique Monjaras | Youth editorial award recipient

A photograph taken by Foto Prize winner Veronica Monjaras. “Events like these are a great platform and inspiration to give young girls the chance to fall in love with the creative process,” she says.

(Véronique Monjaras)

Events like the Foto Awards are important because of the recognition given to budding photographers.

Véronique Monjaras | Las Fotos project

Veronica Monjaras Instagram

Kimberly Espinosa | Recipient of the Youth Advocacy Award

Photo by Kimberly Espinosa

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

Kimberly Espinosa’s Instagram

Hannah Kozak | Recipient of the Self-Expression Award

Photo by Hannah Kozak

A photo of Hannah Kozak, recipient of the Foto Award for Self-Expression.

(Hannah Kozak)

Events like the Fotos Awards are important because they inspire teenage girls through photography, mentoring and self-expression.

Hannah Kozak | Las Fotos project

Hannah Kozak’s Instagram

Smita Sharma | Advocacy Award Recipient

Photograph by Smita Sharma

Portrait of Smita Sharma de S., a Bangladeshi survivor of sex trafficking in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sharma is the recipient of the Foto Advocacy Award.

(Smita Sharma)

Stories shape the way we see others, influence our opinions and understanding, and thus help raise awareness.

Smita Sharma | Las Fotos project

Smita Sharma’s Instagram

Thalie Gchent | Editorial award recipient

Photo by Thalia Gchent

A photo of Editor’s Foto Award recipient Thalia Gurez. “The Fotos Awards are important because they allow women photographers to be recognized in their creative field by their community,” says Getty.

(Thalia Gchent)

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

Thalia Gchent Instagram

Esmeralda Estrada | Recipient of the Youth Self-Expression Award

A photo of Esmeralda Estrada

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

Esmeralda Estrada Instagram

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