The adidas Breaking Barriers commission

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The adidas Breaking Barriers commission will award one female-identifying photographer £10,000 to create a new body of work exploring London-based women’s football clubs

Accompanied by a British Journal of Photography journalist, the selected photographer will delve into these tight-knit communities and create a narrative-led series around them. From exploring the group dynamics of each team to understanding the experiences and motivations of individual members, and the positive role that football plays in their lives both on and off the pitch.

Studio 1854’s in-house creative team will collaborate with the photographer on the commission from conception to completion. Ahead of the commission start-date, Studio 1854 will cast a range of female football clubs to be featured.

The adidas Breaking Barriers commission is a collaboration between adidas and British Journal of Photography, which aims to celebrate female talent. adidas’ She Breaks Barriers initiative inspires and enables the next generation of female athletes, creators, and leaders. On International Women’s Day 2019, BJP launched Female in Focus – a new award that seeks to celebrate exceptional female-identifying photographers.


Veronica Sanchis Bencomo

Founder – Foto Feminass

Verónica is a Venezuelan photographer, curator and writer based in Hong Kong. In 2014, she founded Foto Féminas, an online platform promoting Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. Verónica has organised and produced exhibitions, projections and talks for the Foto Féminas platform in Argentina, China, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Cécile Montigny

Co-Founder – APAR.TV

Cécile Montigny is a French producer and journalist. She is the co-founder of the cultural platform APAR.TV. She advises and assists brands, advertising agencies, and production companies to anticipate the future.

She is regularly consulted as a talent scout to recruit the talents of tomorrow. Cécile has published on APAR.TV more than 1000 profiles about women photographers between 2012 and 2019. She is also a co-founder of the French political party 99% YOUTH and will run as a candidate for Mayor of Arles in 2020

Simon Bainbridge

Editorial Director – British Journal of Photography

Simon Bainbridge has worked in arts journalism for 25 years. He has served as editor of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming the magazine from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly, which showcases the best of contemporary photography. Bainbridge acts as a judge and nominator for numerous photography awards and festivals. He has curated two exhibitions around the medium and is currently undertaking picture research for an upcoming book exploring portraits of artists.

Sophie Jones

Photographer & Director – Represented by Kintzing

Sophie’s directorial debut ‘The Society’ saw her create a film for the clothing company G-Star, in which she championed female alliances by following ten key UK female influencers, set against a narrative that sought to upend negative stereotyping.  Sophie’s clients include I-D, Dazed & Confused, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Converse, Reebok, Burberry, Vice, Boiler Room, Selfridges, New Balance, Asos, Sony, Universal, G-Star, Puma, Live Nation.

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