The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2018 is now open for entries from women professional photographers working the documentary genre, organisers have announced.

The annual contest, which is organised by FotoDocument and supported by Olympus, is given to a professional woman photographer to enable her pursuit of a documentary photo essay on social, environmental, economic or cultural issues.

The winner will be given £2,000 towards her project and have her work exhibited in a London gallery. Two runners up will each get £500.

Entrants must be over 18, but they can be any nationality and at any stage in their professional career.

The deadline for entries is 18 May 2018. Visit the competition website for more information on how to enter.

The contest is named after photojournalist Marilyn Stafford. Organisers explain:

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Marilyn Stafford’s photographic career was accidently launched in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends making a film about him. In the car on the way to Einstein’s home in New Jersey, she was given a camera and a quick lesson in how to use it. From there on, her photographic career took her across the world, starting in Paris in the 1950s. There her friendship and guidance by Magnum founders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson were instrumental in shaping her work. She is now based in Sussex.