INDUSTr Y Ne WS
On a Mission to Diversify
As more workshops and conferences pop up around the photo world,
discussions of diversity have become increasingly prevalent. one such
person shining the light on this topic is Laura babb, the founder of
UK’s SNAP Photo Festival and an Rf 30 rising Star in 2016.
“I am very aware that our industry as a whole tends to favor
influencers over educators,” babb says, “and I know there is a huge
pool of untapped talent who may need encouragement and support
to develop their skills as an educator.” Having heard other workshop
organizers express trouble in finding educators other than white male
photographers, babb decided to create a scholarship program that
gives a europe-based female-identifying or non-gender-conforming
photographer a package to help develop skills as an educational
leader that includes mentoring, specialist workshop leader training
and individual-tailored support, as well as a place speaking at SNAP’s
next four-day event, April 23-27, 2018.
“We absolutely want the best people on our lineups, but we
absolutely believe that the best people with the most to share aren’t
always the most obvious choices,” babb says. “It’s been a slow-
burning issue for me that’s built over time.” With any issue comes
opposition, however, and babb has received some negative feedback
after announcing this initiative in the fall. “We have had people say
that promoting one specific group is in itself sexist,” she says. “This
is positive action, though, rather than discrimination, and we are
promoting people from other sections of our community as new
speakers as well through our SNAP’s Got Talent competition.”
While just a few years old, SNAP’s various lineups of speakers have
included artists, academics, creative consultants, financial advisors,
Seo experts and bAF TA-winning broadcasters. “We always aim for
speakers from diverse ethnic backgrounds and with a good gender
split,” babb says.
Applications for this year have closed, and the final winner will be
selected by a panel of SNAP’s previous speakers and sponsors.
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