Update: FotoEvidence has withdrawn Polomi Basu’s award after investigations of ethical misconduct raised doubts about Basu’s account of an incident in question and about her conduct during the creation of the work. It was found that at least one of Basu’s captions contained misleading information. According to FotoEvidence, doubts about the validity of any part of the work have led them to abstain from publishing the book. 
Photojournalist Poulomi Basu has won the 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award for her project, “A Ritual of Exile: Blood Speaks.” The project investigates and documents normalized violence against women in Nepal. A book of the work will be published by FotoEvidence in October 2017.
 
The annual Book Award recognizes one documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights. Basu’s work, along with work from four other finalists—Jan Grarup, “Mosul Exodus;” Amnon Gutman, “Ukraine Crisis- The East;” Fabian Muir with “Searching for North Korea;” and Alessio Romenzi, “This is Just the Beginning”—will be exhibited at the 2017 FotoEvidence Book Award Exhibit in New York City this fall.
 
The hardcover book of Basu’s work will contain approximately 60 images and associated texts“This multidisciplinary project, combining still photography, virtual reality films and, now, a book, is designed to reach multiple audiences across different platforms, print, virtual and physical installations,” Basu says. “I want to turn my audience into activists and crack open the veil of silence and shame around women whose lives are shattered by such gender based violence.”
 
Jurors for the 2017 award were photographer Nina Berman, Noor; photo editor Elizabeth Biondi; photographer Eli Reed, Magnum; Molly Roberts, National Geographic; and John Stanmeyer, National Geographic.
 
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