Image detail from the project Blue @ Heather Evans Smith, 2022 ME&EVE Grant Recipient

CENTER is pleased to offer the Me&Eve Grant and provide financial support to a woman, female-identified, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, or two-spirited photographer, 40 years of age and over in its fourth year in 2022.

This grant is made possible by Review Santa Fe Alumna, Dorie Hagler, whose project Me&Eve amplifies the voices of women. Initiated in 2016 on International Women’s Day, this project was inspired after seeing the transformative effects of witnessing women share their stories.

New in 2022, and in alignment with our response for recognition of equity and representation in the field, all Me&Eve applicants will be invited to contribute to SHOTBYWOMEN – an Image Bank platform for license and distribution of content created exclusively by women and female-identifying photographers from around the world. Learn how you can contribute your work.


• $1,000 Grant
• Mentorship
• Professional Development Workshop Admission
Review Santa Fe Admission and Project Presentation
• Award + Grant Winners Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
• Project Publication with Lenscratch & Feature Shoot
• Inclusion in the CENTER Image Library & Archive


Heather Evans Smith, Chapel Hill, NC; Blue

From the project statement – “Some say my dad’s death was the spark that ignited my depression, but this feeling has been brewing for a while. I started to notice a sadness creep in a few years into my 40s. I searched “depression in women” and stumbled across articles stating women are the most depressed at age 44. I was at that very moment 44.

Using the color blue, which for hundreds of years has been associated with melancholy and sadness, these images evoke this period in my life and how it affects those around me. A mid-point, as I am stripping down, taking stock, and finding a new place amongst the loss.”


© Jared Soares

Sarah Leen – Founder & Editor, The Visual Thinking Collective

In 2013 Sarah Leen became the first female Director of Photography at National Geographic Partners. In late 2019 she founded the Visual Thinking Collective, a community for independent women photo editors, teachers, and curators dedicated to visual storytelling.

Leen works with individual photographers and agencies consulting and editing projects and books including the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo, Anders Wo by Petra Barth, and Like a Bird by Johanna-Maria Fritz.

Leen mentors individual photographers and teaches photography and photo editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Women Photograph, Visura, and at the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca, Italy. 

She is on the Board of Directors of the International League of Conservation Photographers.




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