Women Behind the Lens Competition Open to Women Worldwide

We recently published about the 50/50 initiatives toward male-female equality in the arts.

PicFair is also actively working toward a greater equality for women photographers with their Women Behind the Lens annual competitions.

PicFair launched the Women Behind the Lens competition in 2017 to highlight the gender imbalance in the commercial photography industries, where just 2% of photographers on the books at major commercial agencies are women, and only 5% of the images used by leading photography publishers are from the lenses of female photographers.

Women can submit to the 2018 Women Behind the Lens competition from August 1st to October 1st, 2018 in four categories: PORTRAIT, NATURE, ARCHITECTURE, STREET LEVEL

(You can also upload up to one thousand of your photographs for sale on the PicFair site at prices you set.)

For more information about this competition, please visit the Women Behind the Lens 2018 competition page, or email hello@picfair.com


This competition is open to women worldwide – to enter, sign-up to Picfair, agree to the terms and conditions and start uploading your images. During upload, you will set a price which allows publishers to license your images via Picfair. To choose a category, visit the pic page, select ‘Submit Image’ at the top of the page and choose a category from the pop up.

  1.  Sign up to Picfair (it’s Free) and proceed to the Upload page
  2.  Upload images to Picfair
  3.  Go to the image page and click the ‘Submit Image’ button and select a category.

Baja beach Zen Rocks, photograph by Marie Kazalia

Is There A Free Alternative to Lightroom and Aperture?

I respect the technical information presented by Chris Prillo in his many articles and videos. (I may have connected with him a few years ago on Empire Avenue). At any rate, this Chris Prillo video describes how the free/Open source software Blue Marine, replaces the Lightroom and Aperture programs. Programs such as Lightroom and Aperture allow you to straighten, crop, make exposure adjustments and enhance your jpeg images. For those looking for low-cost/no cost programs for processing jpeg images of their art, Blue Marine may be the solution. Let’s face it–some people can’t afford to buy expensive programs. Think about artists in countries where the US Dollar exchange rate is high in relation to their national currency.
In the video, Chris Prillo describes the similarities with the free Blue Marine photo management program and Lightroom and Aperture.
Here are some links to download Blue Marine (there are many other sources– Google *Blue Marine photo* to find them)–
You’ll find a free downloaded of Blue Marine for MAC  available here = http://sourceforge.net/projects/bluemarine/files/latest/download
Older MACs may be able to install Blue Marine, but Apple blocked my installation of this software with this notification:
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