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VII Announces New CEO, Board of Directors,
 and Member After Annual Meeting

The Members and the Board of VII Photo Agency are thrilled to announce the nomination of Andy Patrick as their new CEO. Andy (pictured above in a photo by Sarker Protick) was appointed during the agency’s annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Andy Patrick is a serial entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience in new media and e-commerce, and has worked

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Furkan Temir Joins Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce that Furkan Temir has joined its lauded VII Mentor Program, an educational initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be amongst the brightest new talents in the industry. From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, Furkan joins Arnau Bach, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Luisa Dorr,

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The 3rd VII Flash Sale: Seven Prints x 7 Days x VII Photo

In celebration of the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday, VII is offering a unique opportunity to purchase signed prints by VII photographers on the theme of motherhood and mothering. For one week only, prints will be available for just $100 USD. Each 8”x10” photograph is printed on museum grade archival C-Type paper at Luxlab, one of New York City’s top labs, backed and sleeved in archival materials,

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2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grantees

Congratulations to Danny Wilcox Frazier, VII Member, and Poulomi Basu of the VII Mentor Program, who have been named recipients of the 2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant, a program that supports independent photographers to produce in-depth and creative stories on underreported issues. This year’s grants are made in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund expanding the support for photographers working on critical issues

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5 Photographers Join VII Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, an education initiative launched in 2008 to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom VII consider to be amongst the brightest new talents in the industry. From the over 300 applicants from more than 30 countries, VII members voted in Arnau Bach, Linda

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Visual Storytelling with VII Photo Agency

ALL AT ONCE — A PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH ALL VII PHOTOGRAPHERS In June of 2016, VII photographers will convene in Barcelona, Spain for their annual meeting. On this occasion, from June 9 – 13, 2016, the agency will hold a unique 4-day photography workshop with Eyes in Progress in an old Spanish Villa set in the Serra de Collserola Natural

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Uncertain Journeys by VII Editions

A collaborative photo essay by the photographers of VII Photo, investigating the refugee crisis in Europe. The work explores issues the refugees faces from Greece through to Germany, and includes an essay by Ashley Gilbertson and Ron Haviv. Preview the book below and click here to purchase it on Blurb.

VII Perspectives: Migration

Saturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday Nov. 15 Tufts University Medford, MA Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student) Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student) Commemorating 10 years of VII and IGL collaboration and the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership, the world’s leading photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency will explore their coverage of the continuing migration

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Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers

Untold Stories. VII and EyeEm Team Up to Discover The World’s Emerging Photographers VII is excited to announce that we are partnering with EyeEm, the world’s premier photography community and platform, to discover some of the world’s most promising and talented emerging photographers. To coincide with the announcement of our 2015 Mentor Program open call,​ we’re launching Untold Stories with

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Mentor Program Open Call

The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging  new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and

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Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant Announced

Photo by Alfonso Moral / Cosmos The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat 2015 Grant, supported by LaScam, has been awarded to Spanish photographer Alfonso Moral of the Cosmos Photo Agency. Alfonso’s recent work has focused on the city of Tripoli, Lebanon. The wounds of the conflict between the Sunni and Alawi communities have transformed the city into a small scale reproduction

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Ed Kashi Receives Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is an “organization serving the lens arts community. It works to preserve and protect Aaron’s artistic legacy and foster knowledge of and appreciation for his art through new books, exhibits, educational events and scholarly research. It seeks to support contemporary photographic art and art-making through a variety of projects, events and collaborations.” The foundation provides grants

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Newest Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWEST AMERICANS NEWARK, N.J. and NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – On Wednesday, July 1st, Newest Americans (, a unique multi-media digital publication dedicated to storytelling from global perspectives, will launch to the online community. This unprecedented collaboration between Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N), Talking Eyes, and VII Photo, draws from the diverse global populations of Newark, New Jersey,

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Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant

A distinguished jury comprised of James Estrin (The New York Times), Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona On The Move Festival), and Roberto Huarcaya (Centro de la Imagen de Lima) has awarded Tomas van Houtryve the PMH 2015 Grant first prize ($2000) for his series Blue Sky Days. Reflecting on the darker uses of photography in the twenty-first century,

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Accepting Applications: 2017 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award

© Romain Laurendeau, 2017 Recipient of the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, sponsored for a third time by the LaScam (société civile des auteurs multimedia), has selected Romain Laurendeau as the 2017 grant winner. The award of €8000 is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project. It will be presented

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BZ WBK Press Foto Contest

Maciek Nabrdalik received a 2nd place prize in the Daily Life singles category of the Polish BZ WBK Press Foto contest. The winning image is from the Sea Change project of which Nabrdalik is a part of. The winning image depicts: “5 am. Saturday’s party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been

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Sony World Photography Awards

The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Donald Weber as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Still Life Photographer of the Year. Donald Weber, from Toronto who is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series

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“Firestone and the Warlord” wins 2014 IRE Award

“Firestone and the Warlord,” FRONTLINE and ProPublica‘s 2014 investigation revealing the relationship between the iconic American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, has won an IRE Award for best multi-platform story. VII’s Ashley Gilbertson is part of the award-winning team. From the IRE judges: “This reporting collaboration told a gripping story of how Firestone managed to

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VII Internship Program

The VII Photo Internship Program is a four-month part-time commitment of roughly 40 hours per month. The position pays a monthly stipend of 300 euros. Candidates must be based in Europe — ideally either France, Germany, Italy or the United Kingdom. Work may be done remotely, however candidates local to Rome have the opportunity of working from VII photographer Davide

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The Syngenta Photography Award: Scarcity Waste

The winners of the Syngenta Photography Award 2015 have been announced. In response to this year’s theme of “Scarcity-Waste” VII’s Stefano De Luigi submitted his work on the drought in Kenya, and received third prize in the Open Competition. “Scarcity-Waste is the second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award. In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental

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The VII Evolution Tour

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 Photojournalists from VII Photo Agency, along with technical specialists from AbelCine, present an examination of the evolving business, technology and craft of visual storytelling. This program is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and networking. CHICAGO Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18, 2015 Event details >> PAST

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Open Call For New Members

VII Membership Application Guidelines VII will be accepting applications for membership from March 16, 2015 through May 1, 2015. Please click here to fill out the application. If you are interested in seeking membership to VII Photo, please prepare the following: Text requirements A brief explanation of your desire to join VII of no more than 500 words. Please clearly

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The VII Evolution Tour – Chicago

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015 The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We welcome attendees with all levels of experience

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The VII Evolution Tour – Washington, DC

Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We

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Zlatá Pecka Advertising Competition

VII Photographer Antonin Kratochvil won first prize in the prestigious advertising competition for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra following the theme “Inspiration is Everywhere.” His surreal video spot creatively  in advertising surreal video spot using the rhythm of a ping pong game as an inspiration of music. Congratulations to Antonin Kratochvil, for taking first prize in the Czech advertising competition Zlatá

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ICP Infinity Awards

The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the honorees of the 31st Annual Infinity Awards. Among the recipients is VII Photographer Tomas van Houtryve who will receive the award in the Photojournalism category. In the press release Executive Director Mark Lubell is quoted, “We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 Infinity Awards. We look forward to

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72nd POYi Awards

The winners of the 72nd POYi Awards have been announced, and VII Photo Agency is pleased to share the news that photographers Ed Kashi, Marcus Bleasdale, and Tomas van Houtryve were all recognized in this year’s awards. Ed Kashi was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year highlighting his films “Syria’s Lost Generation”, “Mexico: Needless Suffering at End of Life”, “Under

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World Press Photo Awards 2015

Tomas Van Houtryve was honored with the 3rd prize distinction for his drone photography story, “Blue Sky Days,” in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2015 World Press Photo Awards. “Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the United States looking for

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The VII Evolution Tour – New York

The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program: The VII Evolution Tour. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We welcome attendees with all levels of experience and creative interests. The

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Newest Americans Film on National Geographic

Published today on National Geographic’s PROOF blog, a film produced by Talking Eyes Media in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark and VII Photo Agency, Notes for My Homeland. “Malek Jandali is no ordinary musician. The Syrian-American composer and pianist has performed in leading concert halls around the world and has also written a song so powerful that his parents were beaten

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OSF Documentary Photography Project Grant

Cristóbal Olivares of the VII Mentor Program was named one of the 2014 grantees for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project program. He is pursuing a project that addresses violence against women in Chile. The Documentary Photography Project believes in the power of images to advance social change. Through grants and special initiatives we support photography to engage and

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2015 World Press Photo Contest Jury

World Press Photo has announced today, the jury members of their 58th photo contest. Among this group of internationally recognized professionals in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography, is Donald Weber serving as a chair on the documentary category committee. Jurors will gather in Amsterdam beginning of February 2015, headed by Michele McNally, assistant managing editor of The New

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Syngenta Photography Award Shortlist Announced

A shortlist of six finalists for the Syngenta Photography Award was announced today. The winners will be selected among the finalists of the Professional Commission and Open Competition respectively, in March 2015. Among the six finalists, Stefano De Luigi is included among the photographers up for the $5000 first prize in the Open Competition. The Syngenta Photography Award is an

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Book Release: Barricade: The Euromaidan Revolt by Donald Weber and Arthur Bondar

“Goat Swamp” (Ukr.: Kozyne Boloto) is the original name of the area in central Kyiv where Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, found itself the current epicenter of global tensions. Unlike sheep, goats do what they want and command special attention in folklore for their pugnacious and fertile abandonment to freedom. So it is with the creative accoutrements of these anonymous

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Leica Akademie Italy and VII Photo have come together to create new growth opportunities those who wish to pursue photography as a means of personal expression, and who want to achieve a more personal and deeper vision, whether they newcomers or experts, professionals, amateurs and students. The photographers of the prestigious photo agency VII created in 2001 by seven of

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Amnesty International Photojournalism Media Award

On Tuesday November 11, 2014 Amnesty International held their prestigious Media Awards ceremony at the British Film Institute in London. Among the media professional recognized with these honors, Marcus Bleasdale was the 2014 recipient of the award in the photojournalism category. Marcus received the award for his work, “Descent into Hell: Bloodshed in the Central African Republic” that appeared in

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2014 Her World Young Woman Achiever Award

VII is proud to announce that Sim Chi Yin has received the 2014 Her World Young Woman Achiever Award! The Her World Young Woman Achiever award was launched in 1999 and recognizes a young woman who aims higher and reaches further to achieve more. Chi Yin was honored for her achievements in photography and passion for social justice.

VII at Pingyao International Photography Festival

Congratulations to VII’s Ed Kashi, winner of one of the top international photographers awards at the 14th annual Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP). On September 20, VII photographer Sim Chi Yin hosted a “Meet VII” talk at the festival, which included a Q&A, a presentation of VII’s work and a video interview with Ed Kashi. On September 21, Chi Yin

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VII’s New Operations Manager

VII is now pleased to announce that Giana Choroszewski will be taking the reigns as the agency’s Operations Manager.

Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant

Tomas van Houtryve was among the five selected recipients of the 2014 Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant.

2014 PDN Publisher’s Choice Award

Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media were honored with the PDN Publisher’s Choice Award in the 2014 Photo Annual for their film “Syria’s Lost Generation.”

Book Release: Barricade – The EuroMaidan Revolt

Barricade – The EuroMaidan Revolt, by Donald Weber & Arthur Bondar to be published in October 2014 by Schilt Publishing.

VII Masterclass Milan

With learning structured in 3 four-day sessions to be held on a quarterly basis, this special Masterclass offers participants the opportunity to complete a personal project with guidance and sustained instruction by the photographers of VII, leaving a lasting impact on each participants’ professional training. Masterclass instruction to be provided by : Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Antonin Kratochvil, Davide Monteleone, Franco Pagetti, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, and Tomas van Houtryve. Open to all, regardless of age and photographic identity.

2014 PDN Photo Annual Awards

VII is proud to announce that photographers Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, and Davide Monteleone, were recognized in the 2014 PDN Photo Annual Awards.

VII and Reporters Without Borders Launch 100 Photos for Press Freedom

VII is proud to partner with Reporters Without Borders to produce the latest volume of “100 Photos for Press Freedom.” The collection, which will be published May 7, 2014, takes readers from Afghanistan to Russia and North Korea through work by the photographers of VII, and is enhanced with previously unpublished pieces by French writer Philippe Labro, the legendary US

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Five New Photographers Join VII Mentor Program

VII is pleased to announce the next roster of photographers to join its lauded VII Mentor Program, hailing from Chile, India, Iraq, Ukraine, and Vietnam, each will be be mentored by a VII photographer to build and develop necessary skills, expand his or her own professional practice, and help broaden their professional world.

#VIIPhotoDC: Reinventing Photojournalism

A Seminar with VII Photo Agency
May 17, 2014, 12:30 – 8:30 pm
NPR’s Studio One
Washington, DC

2014 ICP Infinity Awards

VII’s Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock will be recognized with the 2014 Infinity Award for Photojournalism for their work on Too Young to Wed.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

VII is honored to announce that John Stanmeyer, a founding member of the agency, has been awarded the World Press Photo of the Year 2013 for his image depicting African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night. The photograph was taken for National Geographic as part of the long term Out of Eden Walk.

VII Announces Student Summer Programs for High School & College

VII is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new education initiative offering international storytelling workshops for high school and college-age photographers, through a partnership with Rustic Pathways—an established provider of innovative, international student travel programs for 30 years. Expeditions will begin Summer 2014.

BJP’s Ones to Watch in 2014

VII Mentor Program photographer Sim Chi Yin is one of 30 photographers selected by the British Journal of Photography for this year’s list.

Chicken & Egg Pictures Awards Grant to BRICK

The feature-length film BRICK, co-directed by VII’s Jessica Dimmock, has been awarded a grant from Chicken & Egg pictures. BRICK explores the experience of being a transgendered woman against the backdrop of post-industrial logging towns in the Pacific Northwest. The film visits the annual “Esprit” conference that takes place on the Olympic peninsula annually. With a 41 percent statistical chance

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Ed Kashi to Jury 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award

Ed Kashi has accepted an invitation to jury the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award.

2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest

Ed Kashi will serve as a jury member for the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.

20th Joop Swart Masterclass

Donald Weber is one of six master photographers who will lead the 12 participants of the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass through World Press Photo. This is the 20th edition of the class, which brings the masters and students together for a five day workshop in Amsterdam. During the masterclass, the participants will have the chance to discuss their work in

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2014 World Press Photo Contest

Gary Knight will serve as Chair for the 2014 World Press Photo Contest. He has previously served on the World Press Photo contest jury three times.

em Foco Multimedia Award

Stefano De Luigi is awarded the Multimedia award at the International Festival of Photography in Brazil, presented by em Foco for his project Blanco.

ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu 2013 Awards

Photographer Sim Chi Yin was awarded the Discernment Award at the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu 2013 awards ceremony along with the Eternal Discovery Prize.

International Photography Awards 2013

Franco Pagetti has been recognized in the 2013 International Photography Awards for his storyVeiled Aleppo.

Abandoned Moments

The all-online Forward Thinking Museum features Ed Kashi’s “Abandoned Moments,” a photo exhibition exploring “the decisive moment’s” opposite.

Interview: Dying to Breathe

VII Mentor Program photographer Sim Chi Yin discusses her latest project, Dying to Breathe, about Chinese gold miners suffering from the work-related lung disease silicosis.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Tomas Van Houtryve is among this year’s winners of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, receiving support for his project In Drone’s We Trust, on America’s drone war.

W. Eugene Smith Grant 2013

VII Mentor Program photographer Sim Chi Yin is recognized as a finalist in the 2013 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography.

Vogue Masters with Antonin Kratochvil

Antonin Kratochvil discusses his personal history, style, and his critical contribution to photojournalism.

Daylight Awards 2013

VII Mentor Program photographer Jošt Franko’s “Shepherds” series was among the works chosen as Juror’s Picks in the 2013 Daylight Photo Awards.

Poetry Foundation Awards 2013

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, has granted Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy the Editors’ Prize for Feature Article for their contributions to the June 2013 issue, Landays.

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award 2013

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award 2013 has been awarded to photographer Arnau Bach who presented a remarkable black and white body of work on Parisian suburbs.

Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu Shortlist 2013

VII Mentor Photographer Sim Chi Yin has been nominated as one of this years eight finalists in the Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu Photo Prize.

Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) 2013

Franco Pagetti’s “The Veils of Aleppo,” developed in Syria in early 2013, has won the Silver Medal in the Professional Press: War category of the 7th Annual Prix de la Photographie Awards.

OjodePez PhotoEspaña Human Values Award 2013

Laura El-Tantawy has been selected as a finalist in this years OjodePez PhotoEspaña Human Values Award, for her work Egypt: In the Shadow of the Pyramids.

Yale University Poynter Fellowship

Amanda Rivkin has been selected for the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale University for important contributions to media.

Interview with Tomas van Houtryve

Tomas Van Houtryve discusses his ongoing work in North Korea and “the photos he took from the outside looking in” during this recent interview.

Grand Press Photo 2013

Maciek Nabrdalik has been recognized with Second Prize in the Environment category of the 2013 Polish Grand Press Photo Awards for his story, Homesick for Chernobyl.

ArchivoZine Spring 2013 Selection

VII Mentor Program photographer Amanda Rivkin’s project ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Me’ has been selected for ArchivoZine Spring Issue No. 4: Social Issues Edition.

PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers

VII Mentor Program photographer Sim Chi Yin has been recognized as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2013.

BZ WBK Press Foto 2013

Maciek Nabrdalik has been recognized in two categories of the 2013 BZ WBK Press Foto, a contest open to Polish press photographers working in photojournalism.

Festival Photoreporter en Baie de Saint-Brieuc

The Festival Photoreporter en Baie de Saint-Brieuc has recognized two projects by Stefano De Luigi and Donald Weber in it’s award selection.

Seamus Murphy on PBS

Photographer Seamus Murphy and writer Eliza Griswold discuss their joint project on the contemporary poetry of Afghanistan’s women and its reflection of Afghan life.

2013 World Press Photo

‘Too Young to Wed’ by Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock, has been awarded first prize for an online feature at the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.