The application process for the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is now close. The winner and finalists will be announced in February 2021.
The Jury: (left to right) Nana Kofi Acquah, Svetlana Bachevanova, Eric Bouvet, Anita Huynh, Keyavn Ghavami, Sarah Leen, Darcy Padilla and Marie Sumalla
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 2021 World Press Photo Exhibition in conjunction with the launch of the book in Amsterdam.
- Professional, amateur photographers and photographer’s collectives can 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.
- Submissions are free with an option for suggested donation of $20. This year is challenging for all of us and we'll appreciate your donation. Contributions collected during the submission process support the production of the winning book. Jury members do not know who has contributed and who has not.
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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Submission period: October 1st- October 15th, 2020
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).
- RGB mode
- JPEG format
- Maximum quality
- Filename: LastnameFirstname_title e.g. SmithJohn_Refugee
- A statement of up to 250 words about your work in word document. Please list any exhibits, awards or previous publications of the work you are submitting. Let us know if the work was comisioned or produced in collaboration with NGO or other organization.
- Resume/CV in a word document .Please include in the Bio file your current phone number and email address.
Submissions are free with an option for suggested donation of $20. This year is challenging for all of us and we'll appreciate your donation. Contributions collected during the submission process support the production of the winning book. Jury members do not know who has contributed and who has not.
If you have a PDF of the work already developed as a book concept and you want to share it with us in addition to your application please contact Andrea Kennedy at email@example.com
Photographers may submit two separate portfolios of up to 15 images each. A separate application and entry fee is required for each entry.
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Deadline and Timeframe:
Submission period: October 1st, 2020 - October 15th, 2020
Submissions for the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo must be received by midnight (CET) on October 15th, 2020. Submissions received after October 15th, 2020 will be considered for the following year’s Book Award.
Awards will be announced by February 1, 2021.
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.
FotoEvidence reserves the right to reject entries that are not submitted properly. Submissions should come directly from artists or organizations. No exceptions will be made for late submissions.
Nana Kofi Acquah is a Ghanaian journalist, photographer, poet, and painter. He is known for championing women’s rights in Africa through his photographs and writing. He was jury for the World Press Photo Contest 2019 and a recipient of the Tim Hetherington Foundation and World Press Photo Fellowship for his work.
In 2016, Nana was named by Shutterstock as one the top 100 photographers in the world to follow on social media. He is known on Instagram as @Africashowboy, and is a member of the group @EverydayAfrica.
Svetlana Bachevanova is the publisher of FotoEvidence, independent curator, a photo book editor and documentary photographer. @svetlanabah
Eric Bouvet began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris. Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s, and launched his freelance career in 1990. He first won international recognition with his 1986 pictures of the rescue efforts in the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Omeyra, Colombia. Since then, Bouvet has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel. Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi, Libya and Ukraina.
He has covered major international events including the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, and Olympic Games and the migrant crisis in Europe.
Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as two Visa d’Or, the gold medal of 15th anniversary of the photography, the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, the Public award from Bayeux-Calvados, the Front Line Club award and the Paris-Match Award.
Anita Huynh leads the communications team at the World Press Photo Foundation, and oversees the content and engagement strategy for the organization’s contests, exhibitions, and programs. She is motivated to connect dynamic and diverse stories to the wider audience, and is interested in fostering cross-cultural literacy. Huynh has collaborated with and managed special projects for not-for-profit and arts organizations around the world, including the National Gallery and the British Museum in London. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Sydney, where she graduated with a BA in Media and Communications. She is currently based in Amsterdam.
Keyvan Ghavami earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and his MSc in Development Studies from SOAS in London. His former professional experience includes positions with Human Rights Watch and the impact investment fund Impact Finance Management. Keyvan currently serves as the Director & Cofounder of Act On Your Future, a non-profit foundation based in Geneva that works to strengthen and foster civic engagement among the next generation of socially active youth. He is also a specialist in financial innovation at UNICEF, helping the organization implement innovative financing mechanisms to unlock private capital for social good. Keyvan is a Geneva Committee Member of Human Rights Watch, NEXUS Switzerland Outreach Ambassador and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Sarah Leen- In 2013 Sarah Leen was appointed Director of Photography at National Geographic. She is the first female DOP in the National Geographic Society’s 125-year history. For 20 years prior she worked as a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine and in 2004 joined the magazine's staff as a senior photo editor. In 2019 Sarah Leen founded The Visual Thinking Collective.
Leen graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She continued with graduate studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photographer of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff newspaper photographer at the Topeka Capital Journal and then the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1982 when she began her freelance photography career.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography at the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and in 2002 she won second place in the science and technology category of the World Press Photo Contest. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011.
Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in San Francisco, California. She is an associate professor in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And a member photographer of Agence VU' in Paris.
Focusing on long-term projects about struggle and the trans-generational effects, Padilla’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, Getty Images Grant, International Photo-reporter Grant, Canon Female Photojournalist Award, World Report Master Award, three World Press Photo Awards (first recipient for Long-Term Projects), and a W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
Padilla’s monograph Family Love, published by Éditions de La Martinière in France, follows a family for 21-years — an intimate story of poverty, AIDS and social issues.
Marie Sumalla is the international photo editor at Le Monde, the French daily newspaper, since 2011. She works on the daily coverage of world news in collaboration with a network of independent photographers and Le Monde’s reporters.
In 2018, she ran, « Contaminations » an environmental project led by the photographer Samuel Bollendorff to document contaminated territories, over the world.
From October 2016 to July 2017 she coordinated coverage of the battle of Mosul with the photographer Laurent Van Der Stock. The work was awarded at World Press Photo and won a Visa d’Or news at Visa pour l’Image.
More recently, Marie Sumalla was part of a team of journalists who investigated the killings of women by their partners in 2018 in France. The "Féminicides" project, which lasted a year and a half, won the Visa d'or for digital press at Visa pour l'Image this year.
She joined Le Monde from Magnum Photos where she was in charge of the editorial department. Previously, she worked with Sylvie Grumbach, at the 2e Bureau press office in Paris.