Indian photographer Souvid Datta has been awarded the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Grant and a $5,000 cash prize to help support his long-term project “Vanishing Girls of West Bengal.” The project explores child sex trafficking and the socio-economic conditions that perpetuate it, as well as the challenges that NGOs face in tackling the issue.


Photo © Souvid Datta.

Photo © Souvid Datta.

Twelve additional photojournalists were recognized as finalists for the grant. The top two finalists included Greek photographer Nikos Pilos for his project, “Trapped,” and Italian photographer Giorgio Bianchi for “The Silent War.” Colombian/American photographer Juan Arredondo was the third runner-up for his project, “Everybody Needs a Good Neighbor.” The remaining finalists included Italian photographer Alberto Maretti, Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis, Turkish photographer Emine Sevim, Syrian photographer Abd Doumany, American photographer Anna Boyiazis, Turkish photographer Furkan Temir, American photographer Sarah Blesener, Danish photographer Rasmus Degnbol and European photographer  Anja Matthes.

Winners were announced during the 14th annual Lucie Awards in New York City. Judges for the Visura Photojournalism grand include Kathy Ryan of The New York Times, Nicolas Jimenez of Le Monde, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, Hideko Kataoka of Newsweek Japan, and photographer Maggie Steber.

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