Portrait | Nominee

Clara Watt

Prevessin / FR

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values: A Protest


"Growing up, I used to be proud of my country, of being Ghanaian. This changed as I grew into who I was - you can't be Queer in Ghana without watching over your shoulder every day." - Roberta (she/her, 22), a queer Ghanaian, interviewed in April 2022.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family values is a private members bill sponsored by several Ghanaian MPs that aims to establish a system of state-sponsored discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ persons and their allies. If passed, the bill will outlaw LGBTQ+ Ghanaians and strip them off their fundamental human rights.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family values: A Protest - is a photo series documenting LGBTQ+ Ghanaians and their allies, and how they would be affected if this bill were to pass. The documentary seeks to promote acceptance, love and the community’s visibility through intimate portraiture of its members.


  • 2021 - Present | Freelance Documentary Photographer
  • 2020 | Campaign Photographer, Make Room For, It Gets Better UK


  • 2022 | OD Photo Prize, Shortlisted
  • 2022 | Black Women Photographers x Nikon, $5k Grant Winner, Documentary Series “Hidden Spaces”
  • 2021 | 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Selected Runner Up


  • 2022 | OD Photo Prize, Online
  • 2022 | ShutterHub Yearbook, Online
  • 2022 | 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2022 | Faces In Focus Journal Launch, London, UK


  • 2022 | HuffPost, Behind the Masquerade, Digital
  • 2022 | Business Insider, Your Juno, Digital
  • 2022 | Faces In Focus, The Hair Portraits, Print
  • 2022 | ShutterHub Yearbook 2022, Les Foyers de Tambacounda, Online Exhibition
  • 2022 | Musée Magazine, The Hair Portraits, Digital
  • 2021 | Suitcase Magazine, The Land of Teranga, Vol.33, Print
  • 2021 | Liminal Zine, The Hair Portraits, Digital
  • 2020 | Suitcase Magazine, Cover Open Call, Vol.31, Print
  • 2020 | The Earth Issue, Freedom Fundraiser, Online Print Sale
  • 2020 | Arcadia Magazine, The Hair Portraits, Print
  • 2020 | InFringe Magazine, The Hair Portraits, Digital