One goal of the FotoEvidence Foundation is to support the work of humanistic photographers working in long form on issues related to human rights. In addition to granting the award books, FotoEvidence collaborates with photographers to raise the resources needed to publish their work, using foundation grants, partnerships with advocacy groups, and crowd funding.   

FotoEvidence Press 

FotoEvidence Press was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history.

FotoEvidence works at the intersection of photography and human rights. Images alone will not change the world but photographs can provide indisputable evidence and human stories that serve to make issues salient and inspire response. To this end, FotoEvidence has partnered on projects with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and The Open Society Foundation among several other advocacy groups.

For ten years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo.  The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

Since 2018, The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner and two finalists will be included in the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam and the annual FotoEvidence Exhibit in New York.

In 2018 FotoEvidence launched The W Award, devoted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their stories in the form of a photo book.  At this moment, women around the world are seeking equal rights and equal opportunity.  The FotoEvidence W Award for Personal Story will suppot this movement. It will be granted by a selection committee to one woman  whose work merits a book. The hardbound book will be published by FotoEvidence. Two other photographers will receive honorable mentions. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance.

Past recipients of the FotoEvidence Book Award include: Javier Arceniilas for “Sicarios: Latin American Assassins”, Alex Masi for “Bhopal: Second Disaster,” Robin Hammond for “Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis”, Majid Saeedi for “Life in War", Marcus Bleasdale for "The Unravelling" ,Daniella Zalcman for "Signs of Your Identity", Josue Rivas for "Standing Strong" and Patrick Brown with "No Place on Earth".

Past finalists for the award include: Massimo Berruti, Valerio Bispuri, Paula Bronstein, Fabio Bucciarelli, William Daniels, Maxim Dondyuk, Michelle Frankfurter, Tanya Habjouqa , Jon Lowenstein, Fernando Moreles, Boniface Mwangi, Joao Pina, Andrea Star Reese, Vlad Sokhin, Lizzie Sadin, Lisa Wiltse, Mario Cruz, Hossein Fatemi, Ingetje Tadros, Narciso Contreras, Jan Grarup, Amnon Gutman, Alessio Romenzi ,Fabian Muir, Danielle Villasana, Zackary Canepari Fausto Podavini and Mikael Owunna.

Members of the book award jury from 2010- 2015 include: Christophe Agou, Lys Anzia, Svetlana Bachevanova. Dimitri Beck, Annie Boulat, Ed Kashi, Olivier Laurent, Jean-Francois Leroy, Greg Marinovich, Regina Monfort, Mark Murrmann, Cheryl Newman, Andre Polikanov, Reza, Joseph Rodriguez, Marcel Saba, Stephen Shames, Maggie Steber, David Stuart, Mikko Takkunen, Robert Nickelsberg, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Kelli Grant, Nina Berman, Elisabeth Biondi, James Colton, Eli Reed, Molly Roberts, John Stanmeyer, Lars Boering, Daniella Zallcman, Jen Tse, Peter van Agtmael, Sara Leen, Peter Bouckaert, Sara Terry and Muhammed Muheisen, Philip Blenkinsop, Anne Colenbrander, Mario Cruz, David Gonzalez, Jessica Lim.Lakgetho Makola, David Stuart, Laura El-Tantawy, Yukiko Yamagata. 


Ten years ago FotoEvidence was established to support photographers working in a humanistic traditions.
Starting May 17th, 2020 on an ongoing basis the FotoEvidence team, Svetlana Bachevanova, David Stuart and Regina Monfort is offering help to photographers with what we can do best.
Svetlana and Regina:
photo editing and sequencing
coaching on long-term projects
developing a project with a book in mind
30 min. portfolio review
David- writing and editing project statements and grant proposals
To book an appointment with one of us and for more details please email:
Regina at:
Svetlana at:
David at: