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    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.


Gary Knight is withdrawing from the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press photo jury to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. 

Gary Knight, who was on the jury for the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, is withdrawing from the judging to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Gary learned there were a number of submissions from close associates among the entries and did not feel it was right for him to judge them.
FotoEvidence and World Press Photo understand the reason for Gary's withdrawal. We are sorry to lose his input but appreciate his integrity which is in line with the ethics of the award.

The jury will proceed with five members: Svetlana Bachevanova, Lars Boering, Jen Tse, Peter van Agtmael and Daniella Zalcman.


In this testimony to a committee of the European Parliament, photojournalist Mario Cruz tells the story of how he followed a trail of missing children to discover a vast system of modern day slavery under the guise of education in Senegal.

His work about talibés won recognition from World Press Photo and FotoEvidence published his book, “Talibés Modern Day Slaves.”  The international exhibition of his work and the long-form documentation provided by the book, with texts in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, prodded the President of Senegal to order the registration of all daaras (private schools) in the country. In the initial weeks after the President's order, more than 3,000 young boys were removed from the streets of Dakar and placed in shelters or sent home, if their home could be determined. This is a small percentage of the more than 50,000 talibés that Human Rights Watch estimates suffer exploitation and abuse in some of Dakar's daaras, but it represents a first step in a long process to address the institutionalized abuse of children in Senegal.   

In bringing this issue to the European Parliament Cruz continues his advocacy on behalf of Senegal's talibés.   The European Parliament responded by declaring their intention to urgently investigate the issue and bring further pressure on Senegal to dismantle the illegitimate daaras that abuse children.

 FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a new collaboration

FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a new collaboration. The annual FotoEvidence Book Award that recognizes one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and publishes  the selected project in a book now will be known as the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The collaboration will mean that the winner and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in Amsterdam in conjunction with the launch of the winner’s book. The book will also 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 in New York in the fall of 2018. The award winner will be invited to New York to participate in EXPOSE, a one-day workshop that will connect students with the winner to learn from his or her experience and to receive feedback on their long-term projects.  

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is now open for submissions. 

The deadline is December 15, 2017. Please go to FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for details. 

Winners of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will be announced on February 7, 2018.

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo Jury.


Peter van Agtmael

Photo: Kathy Ryan
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale, graduating with distinction in 2003.

His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, empire, power, race and class. He has worked extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine. He has been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News.

His book, 'Disco Night Sept 11,' on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue,
American Photo and Photo Eye.

"Buzzing at the Sill," a book about America in the shadow of the wars, was released in the Spring of 2017. Upon pre-release, it was named one of Time’s “Photo Books of the Year” for 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Rencontres D’Arles Author Book Award.

He is a founder and partner of Red Hook Editions, a publishing company based in Brooklyn. He is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program in Beirut.

Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013. He currently serves on the board of Magnum Photos Inc. and the Magnum Foundation.

Lars Boering

Lars Boering 
was born 1969 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. From 1998 he was curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying photography for their large collection. In 2008 Boering became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded Lux Photo Gallery. He has advised photographers about funding and business opportunities, and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising industries. In 2010 Boering co-founded the ‘Photography masterclass Amsterdam for advanced storytelling’ where he still teaches. He has taught at masterclasses and academies throughout the world, and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, producing artwork and exhibitions for them. As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ association (FotografenFederatie) from 2010 to 2014, Boering advised photographers on copyright issues and entrepreneurial skills. He was appointed managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation in January 2015. Lars Boering lives in Amsterdam with his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Svetlana Bachevanova

Svetlana Bahchevanova is a publisher and co-founder of FotoEvidence.

Gary Knight

Photo by Alizé Le Maoult

Inspired by the journalism from Vietnam and Cambodia during the American wars of the 1960’s and 70’s Gary Knight travelled to Indochina in the late 1980’s to build a career as a photographer. He subsequently worked for Newsweek Magazine as a contract photographer covering wars and human rights stories all over the world for the following two decades. He is co-founder and principal architect of the VII Photo Agency and of
The VII Foundation and the founding Director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University where he teaches a course in non-fiction storytelling. He was a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University in 2009 and a Fellow at the Logan Non-Fiction Program at the Carey Institute in 2017.

Gary is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; co-founder and Board member of The GroundTruth Project, Boston; twice Chair and President of the World Press Photo Award.

Jen Tse

Jen Tse is Newsweek's Photo Editor, based in New York. Prior to Newsweek, she worked for TIME Magazine, NOOR Images, and 500px.

Daniella Zalcman

Daniella Zalcman (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. She is also the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative to elevate the voices of female and nonbinary visual journalists.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project Signs of Your Identity has been recognized with the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 RFK Journalism Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation Inge Morath Award, and the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award.

Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, the BBC, and CNN, among others. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is open for submissions.
The deadline is December 15, 2017

The 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award Is Withdrawn
In 2017 the FotoEvidence Book Award was granted to photographer Poulomi Basu for her work, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile.”  After the award was granted and before the book was published, allegations of ethical misconduct on the part of the photographer came to our attention.  Our investigation of the allegations raised doubts about Basu’s account of an incident in question about her conduct during the creation of the work. We concluded that at least one of Basu’s captions contained misleading information.  In consultation with the 2017 jury, FotoEvidence chose to withdraw the 2017 award and halt the publication of the book.

This was a very difficult decision for everyone involved.  FotoEvidence still believes the project, “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile” has significant value but, because of our commitment to the highest ethical standards in photojournalism, doubts about the validity of any part of the work compel us to abstain from publishing the book. 
Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International
Daniella Zalcman wins the Robert Kennedy Award for Photography-International with her work "Signs of Your Identity". Last year , Daniella was was granted for the same work with the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award and "Signs of Your Identity" published in a book.

The book is available at Amazon and the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.



Anatomy of a Photobook: Fabio Bucciarelli’s ‘The Dream’ by Olivier Laurent

The Dream is available at the FotoEvidence bookstore on line.
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Princess to Slave: a photo book by Anahit Hayrapetyan
Domestic Violence in Armenia: Covering the Crimes That Go Unreported by James Estrin.

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Laurence Cornet interviewed Daniela Zalcman, winner of the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award about her winning project Signs of Your Identity for Blink Network.
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A fine review of Anahit Hayrapetyan 's Princess to Slave boo by Alison Stieven-Taylor of Photojournalism Now about violence against women in Armenia in this week's Photojournalism Now. An important book by a courageous photographer. Published by FotoEvidence Press. Photo editor is Régina Monfort.
The book is available at FotoEvidence bookstore on line.
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A Photographer Captures Joy in Gaza
Interview with Tanya Habjouqa about her work "Occupied Pleasures", published as a book by FotoEvidence Press

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Photographing Life, Love and Laughter in Palestine by Jen Tse
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Crying Meri: Q&A with Vlad Sokhin by Pauline Elferman
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Robin Hammond's "Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis"

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"Condemned" by Robin Hammond
Mentally ill Shackled and Neglected in Africa's Crisis Regions by Victoria Fleischer
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Joseph Rodriguez: A Look Inside Romania

"Romania" by Joseph Rodriguez is available as an electronic book at the iTunes store.
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Recalling Romania's Revolution by Andrew Boryga
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James Whitlow Delano, "Black Tsunami- Japan 2011"

"Black Tsunami- Japan 2011" is available as an electronic book at the iTunes store

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What The Ku Klux Klan Looks Like Today by Harrison Jacobs

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The Photo Book White Pride: Confronting the Dangers of Blanket Characterization  by K. J. Wetherholt

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A Toxic Tragedy in Bhopal by Alex Masi
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A Day in the Life of the Ku Klux Klan, Uncensored  by David Resenberg

The book White Pride by Anthony Karen is available at iTunes.

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Seeking Evidence Trough Photography by Kerri McDonald
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A Lens On Life For Boys In The Bronx by Calire O'Neill
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Coming of Age on the Streets of the Bronx by Rebecca Horne
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Stephen Shames- Bronx Boys

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Fotoevidence Announces Publication of Bronx Boys Photographs by Stephen Shames.

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Stephen Shames’ photographs document coming of age in the Bronx by Alison Zavos

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Bronx Boys: A Digital Monograph by Stephen Shames

calls FotoEvidence’s book Bronx Boys, “one of the first true digital photo-monographs that can be downloaded to your computer.” Paul Moakley,, August 16, 2011.

Bronx Boys is an intimate photo essay about the lives of young people in the Bronx during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Shot over two decades by photojournalist Stephen Shames, Bronx Boys takes the viewer inside the lives of young people living at the epicenter of a crack cocaine epidemic that devastated their community. The story tracks their childhood on the streets, their loves and losses. It includes a powerful first person narrative by Martin Dones, one of the young men Shames followed and who survived life on the streets.

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