ATLANTA, Georgia (April 23, 2022) – The Atlanta Dream and Black Women Photographers today announced a new collaboration that will make photographer Allie Jest the Dream the official photographer for the 2022 WNBA season.
“This partnership is truly a dream come true. As someone who grew up watching the game and tried many times to break into the world of sports as a career, I know how difficult it can be for that door to open,” said the founder of Black Women Photographers, Polly Irungu. “Partnering with the Atlanta Dream organization to hire members of Black Women Photographers throughout the season will not open a door for select photographers, but it will open doors across the league and for the next generation of women. black photographers. The Atlanta Dream has always been an organization to lead the way, and they continue to do so with this partnership. I am so grateful to Renee Montgomery, Dan Goldberger and Kelsey Bibik, for believing in this community and for recognizing the importance of having a black photographer to help tell the story of the Dream and their amazing athletes.
Black Women Photographers (BWP) is a global community, directory, and hub of over 1,000 black women and non-binary ID photographers spanning over 50 countries and over 35 U.S. states, founded by Polly Irungu and launched in July 2020. Black Women Photographers is a place where black women can be recognized for their work and, more importantly, get hired. It helps its members by marketing their work in an active database provided to photo editors, directors, curators and art buyers, with the aim of increasing access to professional and paid opportunities for black creatives around the world. .
The Dream looks forward to this exciting collaboration and the continued contribution of talented minority women to the forefront of the community. This collaboration is just the beginning of the Dream’s initiative to showcase local Atlanta talent.
Allie Jest is currently the Lifestyle Brand Ambassador for Jack Daniel’s Tequila and Herradura. With over seven years of marketing and photography experience, Allie has contributed to countless projects including Arthur Blank’s latest book and an NFL Play Football commercial. She is passionate about capturing moments in sports and entertainment. As a Georgia native peach, former athlete and creative at heart, she feels called to inspire the next photographer and leave her mark on this space. She is excited about the opportunity to amplify the presence of WNBA players and contribute to their cultural influence.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity to amplify the presence of WNBA players and contribute to their cultural influence,” Jest said. “I want to thank Polly for creating this relationship between BWP and the Atlanta Dream. This industry is so hard to break into and it continues to open doors for black female photographers.
The Atlanta Dream is a professional women’s basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia that strives to create a place where our team, our fans, and our city come together to represent the community we seek to serve. We are entering our 15and year in 2022 with new ownership, new leadership and a commitment to building the best franchise in the WNBA. We celebrate diversity, represent Atlanta, reward innovation and imagination, and aim to empower women on and off the court. The team currently plays home games at Gateway Center Arena @ College Park and has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in nine of its first 14 seasons. To learn more about the Dream and to purchase 2022 season tickets, mini-plans and game tickets, please visit www.dreamelitemembership.com or call 877-977-7729.