The travel industry is, like many others, historically male-dominated. But thanks to the peerless talent and determination of a new generation of female photographers, that’s all beginning to change.

As far as sought-after job titles go, “professional travel photographer” is certainly up there. But for every dream job, there’s a long road of hard work and hurdles to navigate first—and for women hoping to make it in what’s still a male-dominated space, the work can often be harder and the hurdles higher.

So we asked some of our favorite female travel photographers and contributors how they made it happen, what they love most about their jobs, the challenges they face, and what advice they have for the next generation.