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 2019 World Press Photo Exhibition in conjunction with the launch of the book in Amsterdam.
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LR All juriors 2020


Philip Blenkinsop

Since taking residence in Southeast Asia in 1989, Blenkinsop’s name has become synonymous with forgotten conflicts and the photography of injustice. Described as "a man of guerrillas and of resistances" (Herve Le Goff), and "one of the most essential photographers of his generation" (Christian Caujolle).

He has become a strong voice in the pro-advocacy debate within the media. His work has been the catalyst for political discourse and debate, including within the US Congress where he lobbied personally for the United States to intervene in the ongoing genocide by the Lao Government against the Hmong militias who fought for the USA during the American War in Indochina.

Blenkinsop is adamant that the photographer should never censor scenes through the camera. “Photographers are both witness and messenger. Our responsibility must always lie with the people we focus on, and with the accurate depiction of their plight, regardless of how unpalatable this might be for magazine readers.”

Monographs of his work include The Cars That Ate Bangkok (White Lotus) and Extreme Asia (Photo Poche Société).

In 2009, acclaimed film director, David Bradbury released his 70m documentary on Blenkinsop and his work entitled ‘My Asian Heart’.

In 2007 Blenkinsop co-founded Noor Photo Agency. He sits on the advisory boards of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at The Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, USA and the Kathmandu Photo Festival.

In 2012, Falmouth University made him an Honorary Fellow for his services to Photojournalism.

Blenkinsop is an Emeritus Member of VII Photo Agency.


LR Anne Colenbrander - Credit Fiona Makkink

Photo: Fiona Makkin

As Festival and Content Manager, Anne Colenbrander is responsible for the development of the content strategy and programming at the World Press Photo Foundation's house in Amsterdam, the annual World Press Photo Festival, and affiliated projects.

In her current role, Colenbrander's main focus is on development and implementing a program of events and activities that cater to both the foundation's network of professionals working in visual storytelling, and a wider audience.

A creative and strategic thinker Colenbrander works to develop initiatives with like-minded institutions, always looking for new, diverse and inspiring collaboration with major content partners on a local and (inter)national level.

Before starting at World Press Photo in 2015, Colenbrander spent almost 10 years at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam in various roles, including manager of different project spaces, Foam Bookshop Manager and manager of Foam Magazine.

Colenbrander has a MA in Language Studies, specializing in American Studies with a focus on political history and civil rights.


Mario Cruz photo Patricia de Melo Moreira-2

Photo: Patricia de Melo Moreira

Mario Cruz is an independent Portuguese photographer whose work focuses on social injustice and human rights issues.

His work has received international recognition. Cruz is a two time recipient of the World Press Photo award for his projects: “Talibes: Modern Day Slaves” and “Living Among What’s Left Behind.” He was also awarded with the Estacao Imagem Award, Picture of the Year and Magnum Photography Award.

His work has been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, El Pais, CTXT and Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

Cruz is author of two books: Talibes Modern Day Slaves, published in 2016 by FotoEvidence and “Living Among What’s Left Behind.”


David Gonzalez credit Edwin Pagan Seis del Sur

Photo: Edwin Pagan/Seis del Sur

David Gonzalez is a photographer and journalist who was born and raised in the Bronx, which he began to photograph in the late 1970’s while an undergraduate at Yale. He has been the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog and also did the biweekly Side Street column for the paper’s Metro section. Prior to that, he was the Central America/Caribbean Bureau Chief, About New York Columnist and Bronx Bureau Chief.

A graduate of Columbia’s Journalism School, he has also was a correspondent for Newsweek Magazine in Detroit, Miami and New York. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame, and was among the recipients of this year’s Alumni Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Prior to entering journalism, he worked at En Foco, as well as the National Puerto Rican Forum. He is a founding member of Seis del Sur, a collective of Nuyorican photographers whose work has been exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center, NYU’s King Juan Carlos I Center and the Bronx Music Heritage Center.


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Jessica Lim is currently the director of the non-profit Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops which takes place annually in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Prior to joining the festival in 2010, she was a news and photo journalist in Singapore before serving as a photo and news editor at Drik Picture Library in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as well as a photographer liaison for Majority World, a photo agency which advocates for equal opportunities and diversity for photographers.


LR Lekgetho Makola Photo Thandile Zwelibanzi

Photo: Thandile Zwelibanzi

Currently the Head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg South Africa, Lekgetho James Makola sits on the International Advisory Committee to the Board of CatchLight – San Francisco, and Curatorial Advisory Committee of the 2017 Bamako Encounters - Mali. He has been in the judging panels for number of national and international Photography and Arts Awards in the past 4 years, including World Press Photo 2019. He recently participated as a reviewer in the 2018 New York Times Portfolio Review. Lekgetho sits on the Art Bank of South Africa Acquisition Committee 2018/2019.

Lekgetho, born in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo, has a Fine Art degree from Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. He is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice 2009, and a Graduate of Howard University in Washington DC USA with a MFA in Film Studies 2013. He worked for the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum including an internship at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. He co-founded Kali TV in Washington DC 2012, an online media platform reporting news on Diaspora communities in the USA. He is a founding member of Parallel Film Collective Washington DC, 2012, a non-profit organization focusing on 'Local Equals Global' film culture with the idea that stories of everyday people are worth being told.

He also founded an independent production company KGETHI IMAGES (Pty)Ltd in August 2014 South Africa, which focuses on film, photography and art productions. Lekgetho is an active member of the virtual continental network Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa.


LR David Stuart Photo Svetlana Bachevanova

Photo: Svetlana Bachevanova

David Stuart is a co-founder of FotoEvidence. As the managing editor he contributed to the development of the annual FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo and edited the texts for more than twenty books of photography.
He is a sociologist with an interest in human rights that began as a teenager at the United Nations International School in New York. In a previous incarnation, he was a founder of the Freelance Players (now Rehearsal for Life) an educational theater organization in Boston. He spent five years as the Executive Director of the Disarmament Action Network working with a coalition of organizations to mobilize opposition to US military and foreign policy. He spent eight years with the Boston College Media Research and Action Project designing and analyzing research on the mass media and political discourse. He has managed political campaigns and worked as a consultant to business, social movement and non-profit organizations.


LR Laura El-Tantawy Dina Wijewickrema 2019

Photo: Dina Wijewickrema

Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. Born in Worcestershire, UK, she studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Her work explores notions of home & belonging. It is recognised for its uniquely lyrical eye on reality.
Laura’s self-published monographs have garnered multiple international accolades. In 2015 she released her first title “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”, a first-person account exploring memory & identity. The publication was internationally hailed & earned the shortlist for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize – awarded annually to an artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe.
She subsequently self-published two other titles: “The People” (2015), a newsprint celebrating the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; “Beyond Here Is Nothing” (2017), a meditation on home & belonging. In 2019 she released her fourth monograph, “A Star in the Sea”, an artistic contemplation on embracing the unexpected.
Laura’s engagement with photo books is motivated by her belief in the book as an experiential object — a craft of limitless possibility transporting viewers on a journey through feelings, experiences and stories in a stimulating and thought provoking way.
Her goal as an artist is to produce unique and thought-provoking work. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organizations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.


Yukiko Yamagata Photo Rayon Richards 2

Photo: Rayon Richards

Yukiko Yamagata is acting director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which promotes diverse forms of socially engaged documentary practice, ranging from photography and video installation, to emerging and interactive media. Through grant making, exhibitions, and public programs, the Documentary Photography Project supports visual media that empowers, challenges harmful narratives, and mobilizes people around issues of justice and human rights. Yamagata also serves as chief curator for the Open Society's Moving Walls exhibition series. In 2014, she co-curated with Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander the touring exhibition “Watching You, Watching Me,” featuring 10 artists using photography to reflect on the theme of surveillance. The show traveled to venues in Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, and New York. Prior to joining Open Society in 2005, she worked at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, conducting research for the “In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience” exhibition, book, website, and digital archive. She began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Department of Photography providing curatorial support for a range of exhibitions including solo exhibitions of work by Roni Horn, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Michal Rovner, and Lorna Simpson.

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