To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, the editors of LensCulture would like to honor and thank the following 35 female photographers for inspiring us with their remarkable dedication, creativity and vision.

These 35 are at the top of our most popular features about contemporary photography in the past year (updated with 14 new photographers from last year’s list!). Of course, we are missing quite a few other amazing photographers with this short list — no slight is intended.

Click on each name to see amazing projects by each photographer. Enjoy!

Agnieszka Sosnowska - In My Backyard: Iceland
Dita Pepe - Self Portraits with Men
Lucy Hilmer - Birthday Suit
Elena Chrenyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day
Katerina Belkina - Paint
Maia Flore - Rememories
Nafise Motlaq - Iranian Fathers & Daughters
Daro Sulakauri -
Deprived of Adolescence
Irina Popova - Another Family
Vivian Maier - Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, Revelation
Marja Pirilä - Interior/Exterior, Camera Obscura Dreams
Michelle Sank - In My Skin
Stacey Baker - CitiLegs – an Instagram Collection
Juul Kraijer - Penumbrae — Modern Dutch Surreal Photography
Hanne van der Woude - Natural Red Hair
Hellen van Meene - Love, Focus and Dutch Light: Portraits of Adolescence
Eugenia Maximova - Kitchen Stories from the Balkans
Kirsty Mitchell - Wonderland
Jody Miller - Heavy Weather: Chasing the Light
Karine Laval - Poolscapes
Yijun (Pixey) Liao - Experimental Relationship
Wiktoria Wojciechowska - Sparks
Darcy Padilla - Family Love
Laura Stevens -Another November
Nan Goldin - Video interview: On Photographing Children
Nina Roeder - Mutters Schuhe
Kerry Mansfield - Aftermath: Battling Breast Cancer
Namsa Leuba - Crossed Look: Ya Kala Ben
Ruth McDowall - Malaiku: The Angels
Zanele Muholi - Portraiture: Paradoxes and Politics of Looking
Laura Hospes - UCP-UMCG
Beth Moon - Portraits of Time: Ancient Trees
Magda Kuca - Grandmothers
Noèmie Goudal - Cinquième Corps
Sama Alshaibi -
Silsila: Linking the Body and the Desert


Cheers to all great women, everywhere!

—The editors of LensCulture