Las Fotos Project: The Foto Awards and Silent Auction
The Foto Awards
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23
Where: Online event via Zoom
When: Opens Oct. 23 at noon | Closes Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
Where: Online event
Founded in 2010, Las Fotos Project is a nonprofit organization in East Los Angeles that supports the self-expression, leadership skills and social well-being of teenage girls through photography and storytelling.
On Oct. 23, Las Fotos Project will host its third Foto Awards ceremony to honor six women, three youth photographers and three budding professionals.
There also will be a silent auction of photographs donated by over 50 women and nonbinary photographers.
Scroll through to see a selection of work by Las Fotos Project students and awardees.
Events like the Foto Awards are important because of the recognition give to budding photographers.
Veronica Monjaras | Las Fotos Project
Veronica Monjaras’ Instagram
For a very long time, I was interested in photography. It was not always very accessible until I joined Las Fotos Project. To be part of this community and recognized for my art has been so life-changing in the best way possible.
Kimberly Espinosa | Las Fotos Project
Kimberly Espinosa’s Instagram
Events like The Fotos Awards are important because they inspire teenage girls through photography, mentorship and self-expression.
Hannah Kozak | Las Fotos Project
Hannah Kozak’s Instagram
Stories shape how we see other people, influence our opinions and understanding and thereby help in raising awareness.
Smita Sharma | Las Fotos Project
Since photography is such a male-dominated industry, it’s important we honor often-overlooked creative forces shifting the lens.
Thalia Gochez | Las Fotos Project
I always feel so alive with a camera in my hand, and the best part about photography is I can choose what I want to see.
Esmeralda Estrada | Las Fotos Project
Esmeralda Estrada’s Instagram
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