VII is pleased to announce the 26 participants from 12 countries selected for the 2019-20 VII Masterclass Barcelona. The second of three Masterclass sessions was completed last month in Barcelona, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber. Tutors Anush Babajanyan and John Stanmeyer joined the first session in September. Ron Haviv and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will join the third and final session in March 2020.
For UNICEF, Mary Gelman photographed the story of Baurzhan, a 14-year-old advocate for young people living with HIV in Kazakhstan.
“I am one of those 149 children. I am HIV-positive and today, I am the only teenager in Kazakhstan with HIV who is living openly.”
This story is part of a special series produced by the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Office and photographed by VII Photo Agency to mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Follow along over the next few weeks as we share additional stories, photographed by VII’s Anush Babajanyan, Franco Pagetti, and Maciek Nabrdalik, of young advocates using their voices to protect and promote the rights of other young people.
Anush Babajanyan has been awarded the Canon Female Photojournalist Award. For the nineteenth year in a row, Canon and Visa pour l’Image bestowed the award to an outstanding female photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism.
The €8,000 grant, which will be awarded on September 7 in Perpignan, will enable Anush to fund her project on large families in Nagorno-Karabakh. The work will be exhibited at the 2020 edition of Visa pour l’Image.