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Posted 08.03.17

Celebrating female creatives at the Women in Photography conference

By Amber Leach of Liberty Pearl Photography – Guest blog
Today is International Women’s Day and across the world women are being celebrated for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

We are constantly striving for gender equality on a global scale, which is why I began the Women in Photography conference back in August 2016.

It was initially a one-off event at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, bringing together like-minded female photographers and filmmakers, who are passionate about photography, to listen to talks and raise money for charity at the same time, a networking event with a purpose.

I arranged four female photographers from Devon and Cornwall to talk about their fascinating journeys in photography and to showcase their beautiful work, and it was a huge success.

Over 30 women came along, we raised over £200 for two women’s charities and after the last talk, everyone asked me “when’s the next conference?” so it started from there!

All proceeds went to educational charity  Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment.

I love being inspired, especially by everyday women, there are so many amazing role models in the celebrity world, but really it’s the people who are around us every day that have the most impact in our lives.

We are all photographers and work in the same heavily saturated industry, but I believe in community over competition, and by connecting female photographers together in this way it inspires and empowers women to reach their full potential.

I just held the third Women in Photography Conference hosted by Plymouth College of Art, which had over 50 attendees listening to some truly inspirational women.

They included Clare Kinchin, Louise of Taylor and Porter Photographs, Jane Prior of Plymouth College of Art and Magdalena Hendey of Photo Studio 7. You can find out more about them here.

We raised over £250 for the fabulous educational charity Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment.

The conference runs once every three months, with the next Women in Photography Conference on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Plymouth College of Art. Tickets cost £5, all money from ticket sales goes to charity. Book your place.

Photos by BA (Hons) Photography students Margo R Photography and Pip Murphy Photography.

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