Josué Rivas wins the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo 

The winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is  First Nation photojournalist  Josué Rivas for his project “Standing Strong” about the spiritual awakening that occurred among the people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.
The finalists are Zackery Canepari for “Flint is a Place,” an exploration of the challenges of life in Flint, Michigan, and Danielle Villasana for “The Light Inside,” a compelling story about the struggle of trans women in Peru.

Rivas’ work will be published in a hardbound FotoEvidence book to be released this spring.  Rivas, Canepari and Villasana will be exhibited at the World Press Photo exhibit in Amsterdam opening April 14th  and at the FotoEvidence Book Award Exhibit in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center, opening June 2nd.


 Zackary Canepari                                                             Danielle Villasana

The Award:

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo recognizes a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to long-form projects of documentary photographers working in the humanistic tradition. 

The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner and two selected finalists will be exhibited during the 2018 World Press Photo Exhibition in conjunction with the launch of the book on April 13th in Amsterdam. In addition, the book will be shown during the World Press Photo exhibition in many of the 100 cities worldwide to which it travels each year. FotoEvidence will also exhibit the work of the winner and finalists at 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York. Opening June 2nd, 2018.

The winner of the Book Award will be invited to New York to participate in EXPOSE, a one-day workshop that will meet students with the winner, to learn from his or her experience and to receive feedback on their long-term projects.

Submission Requirements:

•    Professional, amateur photographers and photographer’s collectives could apply for the Book Award.
•    Submit up to 15 images from one project. If you are selected for the Book Award you will be asked to submit 100-120 photographs on the same topic.
•    $50 entry fee, payable to FotoEvidence during the online entry process.

Please review the World Press Photo Contest Code of Ethics and ensure your work is consistent with their provisions before submitting your application.

The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is governed by FotoEvidence's terms and conditions.  Please review the terms and conditions before submitting.  During the submission process you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions

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How to Submit:

To enter the Book Award register here.

Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be asked to provide the following:

•    Up to fifteen photographs with titles and captions. Photographs without captions in the file info field will be rejected.
•    Each image should be 72 dpi and 1024 pixels on the longest side. (The system will reject bigger files). 
o    RGB mode
o    JPEG format
o    Maximum quality
o    Filename: LastnameFirstname_title e.g. SmithJohn_Refugee
•    A statement of up to 250 words about your work. Please list any exhibits, awards or previous publications of the work you are submitting.
•    Resume/CV
•    $50 entry fee, payable to FotoEvidence during the online entry process.

Photographers may submit two separate portfolios of up to 15 images each. A separate application and entry fee is required for each entry.

By submitting your images for the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo you agree to the terms and conditions. Please check the box that indicates you have read and understand the terms and conditions.

For problems with Book Award submission, contact: 

Deadline and Timeframe:

Submissions for the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) on October 15th,  2018. Submissions received after October 15th, 2018 will be considered for the following year’s Book Award.

Awards will be announced by February 14, 2019.

Usage Rights

Copyright and ownership of photographs remain with the photographer/photographers at all times. All entrants agree to grant FotoEvidence and World Press Photo permission to use submitted work for promotional purposes in any electronic media, printed materials, or advertising. All published images will be credited with the photographer’s name. Entrants also agree to allow their images to be reproduced in third-party newspapers and magazines (printed and electronic) solely for the purpose of promoting the work, the photographer, FotoEvidence, the Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation.

The Book Award prize winner agrees to the publication of their photographs as a FotoEvidence book under the terms of the FotoEvidence book contract.

FotoEvidence will collaborate with the photographers on editorial decisions in the development and publication of the book. Photographers will receive 25 complimentary copies of the book.

Important Notes:

FotoEvidence reserves the right to reject entries that are not submitted properly. Submissions should come directly from artists. No exceptions will be made for late submissions.