The winners of the third annual F Awards for Concerned Photography (promoted by Fabrica, Research Centre on Communication, Treviso, Italy, and Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milan) are Jérôme Sessini of France for his photo essay "So Far From God, Too Close to America" (above) and Matt Eich of the U.S. for "Carry Me Ohio."

The jury, chaired by Peter Galassi, chief curator of the department of photography at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, unanimously agreed that Jérôme Sessini's ongoing exploration of drug-related violence in Mexico at the U.S. border is "remarkable for its sustained engagement with an increasingly alarming and dangerous reality, for its attention to concrete particulars, and for its ambition to convey the scope and complexity of the conflict." As the F award winner, Sessini will receive 20,000 Euros, the possibility of publishing a book and of having an exhibition of the work.

F25 winner (for photographers under 25) Matt Eich received recognition for his ongoing project focusing on the daily lives of the people residing in Southeastern Ohio who are coping with minimal opportunities, horrific housing conditions and sub-standard schools. Eich will receive a one-year scholarship in Fabrica’s photography department.

Two hundred and eighty seven entries were submitted by photographers from 43 different countries to the jury of the F award and 19 entries were submitted to the jury of the F25 award. Jury members included Monica Allende, picture editor, The Sunday Times Magazine; Enrico Bossan, director of photography, Fabrica; Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief, Aperture magazine; Roberto Koch, president, Forma; Paolo Pellegrin, photographer, Magnum Photos; and Urs Stahel, director of the Museum of Wintherthur, Zurich. 

Photo © Jèrôme Sessini





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