Hannah, from edinburgh, has been photographing female skateboarding around the world for over 10 years, inspired by the diversity of faces and the underground culture of the scene. Her mission has been to question society’s perception of gender in sport and to question the way women are portrayed in the media through her images of skating and her portraits of skaters.
Hannah won the first Getty Images #ShowUs photography grant in March 2020 with the project, which aimed to overcome stereotypes to shed light on the faces of women, non-binary and self-identifying female skaters and help them tell their stories.
âThe support from the Getty Images grant that allowed me this year to officially film and show a side of skateboarding that many haven’t seen yet,â she says. âI’m really passionate about showing off the inspiring, diverse and accessible side of it. I hope to intercept the competitive and controlled vision of skateboarding, which many first saw at the Olympics, overcome stereotypes, shine a light on the faces of women and non-binary skateboarders, and help them tell their stories. . “
Amy Dunbar from Scotland is pushing to attract more women, non-binary and queer skates to the boards through her skating.
âIn freedom comes all of these things and more, and grabbing my board and starting a journey with myself is the greatest freedom I have found. My love for skateboarding has just started to be explored and I am can’t wait to see where it takes me next.Thanks to skateboarding for being the most amazing and challenging trip.
Scottish skater Emily Rothney poses a frontside rock on her mini garden ramp in Carrbridge in the Highlands. She skates here every day with her sister Rosie.
Emily Rothney, 13, on her mini garden ramp in Carrbidge. Emily is a talented local snowboarder and snowboarder.
âI love to skate because it makes me feel good. Going to other skateparks always gives different challenges. Learning new tricks can be scary, but when you work hard to get the trick, the fear goes away. I like to go around the bowl and go around the pumping tracks. It’s so much fun. “
Japanese skateboarder and videographer Yuri Murai has been filming female skateboarding for over a decade and has released three skate feature films with her team, Joy and Sorrow.
Yuri does a pop shuvit on a ledge at Komazawa Skatepark in Tokyo, Japan. In 2018, ahead of the Olympics, part of the global women’s skate scene gathered here to skate and meet at The Skate Exchange.
âSkateboarding is part of life. Even if you don’t skate, you still think of skateboarding, like walking around town, looking at it like a skatepark, and shopping for clothes to look good on a skateboard. And the main reason is the companions. I might have quit now if I didn’t have any friends. I think I was able to continue by creating a skateboard network with my friends and connecting with everyone.
Eight-year-old Mac Morrice is from Scotland and has been skating for over five years. She is part of a new generation of young girls who are entering skateboarding thanks to the influence of Sky Brown and the wider female skate scene.
Born in London, Christana Amadi only recently started skateboarding and joined the Melanin Skate Gals and Pals group to do so.
Marcia Mijnhijmer from the Netherlands, who is part of the Melanin Skate Gals and Pals, ollies during a session with other skateboarders in the community.
Denia Kopita is one of the more technical new skaters on the scene in Athens, Greece. She also volunteers with Free Movement Skateboarding, an NGO that helps refugees locally.
Marcia Mijnhijmer pauses for a portrait during a skate session in east London. She is part of the growing community of Melanin Skate Gals and Pals.
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Wheelchair motocross champion Lily Rice of Wales sculpts the bowl at Haverfordwest skatepark.
Lily Rice, a wheelchair motocross rider, works to make skate parks more accessible to everyone, like this one in Haverfordwest.
Queer skater and photographer Virginia Kritikaki poses with her board during a skate session at the Olympic sports complex in Athens.
Maz Mayassi, originally from France, is co-founder of Melanin Skate Gals and Pals. She lives in London and is building a black-led queer skate community, BIPOC. She works to get more people of color to skateboard through events and outreach activities.