The artist residency winner is Valérie Six.

Two week stay at El Barrioʼs Artspace PS 109 in New York City


Two runner-up photographers will be chosen to ensure the occupancy of the residency. If the winner can not take the residency then the first runner-up will take her place. If the first runner-up can not take the residency then the second runner-up will take her place. One photograph from each runner-up will also be included in the Women Street Photographers group exhibition in December.


– Two week Artist Residency at the El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 studio in New York City, USA.  December 1-14, 2019.

– Solo exhibition during the annual "Women Street Photographers"  group exhibition in December, 2019.

– Exhibition selection and review with Gulnara Samoilova.

– Welcome reception with local women photographers.

– Photo walks and networking with local women photographers.

– Opening of the exhibition.


Ability to take two weeks off from December 1-14. 2019.

Ability to shoot street photography daily.

Create new work for the solo exhibition.

Duration of residency
December 1-14, 2019

Expectations of the artist
To produce a solo exhibition

Availability for press inquiries



Maximum 8 photos in one entry/series.

You can enter up to 3 series. Use a new submission form for each series.

If accepted, international artists are responsible for their own visa, travel and food expenses. Sponsors are welcome.

deadline JULY 21


Large studio with kitchen at the Artspace PS109 in New York City, USA

Two week stay in the landmark building.

Mingle with families of 89 artists living at the Artspace PS109.

Explore New York City and shoot everyday to hone your skill.


Free Solo exhibition of 10-12 photographs taken during the Artist Residency and shown at the Artspace PS109 in New York City in December 2019.

The title wall

The title wall

Ground floor gallery

Ground floor gallery

Lower level of the gallery

Lower level of the gallery

Exterior of Artspace PS109 and the entrance to the galleries

Exterior of Artspace PS109 and the entrance to the galleries


Gulnara Samoilova

Gulnara Samoilova

Gulnara Samoilova @gulnara_nyc is a street and fine art photographer based in New York City and the founder of the @WomenStreetPhotographers Instagram feed. She holds a Certificate in Creative Practices from the International Center of Photography in New York City and undergraduate degree in photography from the Moscow Polytech College. 

Gulnara is a former Associated Press photojournalist and received national and international awards for her iconic photographs from 9/11/01, including first prize in the prestigious World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize by the AP. Gulnara's work is a part of major collections at the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

With almost 40 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, darkroom printer, photojournalist, and photo editor, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe. Her personal website is


Ximena Echague

Ximena Echague

Ximena Echague @ximena_echague grew up in Buenos Aires, became a photographer in Europe, and she is now living between NYC and Brussels. 

Her journey has clearly influenced the way she looks at the world. She has always lived in big cities with a sizable floating population, people in the move searching for a new life, which naturally led her to empathize with their hopes and the struggles they face. She believes we all are migrants in different ways, moving around trying to improve our lot in life, and she tries to capture this human dynamic in her photography, with its drama and contradictions. The odyssey of human life.

Her work has been published in Leica Fotografie International, L’oeil de la Photographie, LensCulture, Life Framer, National Geographic Magazine, Burn my Eye, Her side of the Street, Street Core Photography Magazine, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Urban Eye Magazine, Based Istanbul and The Force magazine, among others.

Her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Buenos Aires, Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Milano, Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria. 

She is an Ambassador of the Women Street Photographers collective.


The Instagram feed of Women Street Photographers (@womenstreetphotographers), and the traveling exhibition, is a platform of well curated, quality street photography done by women.

By focusing strictly on the work of women photographers, we provide extra exposure for female artists.  Additionally, it is our goal to create visibility for dedicated women street photographers and to encourage other women to follow their passion.

The Instagram feed of Women Street Photographers  (@womenstreetphotographers), and the traveling exhibition, was founded by Gulnara Samoilova, a street and fine art photographer based in New York City. The project began as a personal Instagram catalog for a future exhibition, but has quickly become a prestigious platform for both amateur and professional women photographers. 


El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which has transformed an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 10,000 square feet of complementary gallery space for arts organizations.

PS109 is an impressive building. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof. Exterior details include several copper-clad cupolas and a wealth of decorative terra cotta. 

PS109 contains 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families with 3,000 square feet available for a resident gallery in addition to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level.



Artspace is non-profit organization that uses the tools of real estate development to create affordable, appropriate places where artists can live and work. They consistently develop these projects in ways that also support more stable, healthy communities anchored in existing assets. Because Artspace owns each of the projects it develops, they are able to ensure that they remain affordable and accessible to artists in perpetuity. Over the last three decades, Artspace has led an accelerating national movement of artist-led community transformation. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities and has served as a consultant to hundreds of communities and arts organizations nationwide. 


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