Johanna-Marie Fritz has been named the winner of the 2017 Inge Morath Award, the Magnum Foundation announced today. The award comes with a $5,000 production grant to support a long-term documentary project. Named after one of the first female members of Magnum, it’s awarded annually to a female photographer under 30. Past winners have included Jessica Dimmock, Danielle Villasana, Daniella Zalcman, Isadore Kosofsky, Lauren Pond and others. (You can find out more information about the award here.)
Fritz, who is German, won the prize for her project “Like a Bird,” which looks at circus life in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iran. In her grant proposal, Fritz explains, “I direct a spectator’s view to different worlds: the one of the circus as well as the society surrounding it.” Her work shows “how the social fabric of the circus” influences and is influenced by society.
Isadora Romero was named the finalist for the prize. In her project “Amazona Warmikuna,” Romero looks at the lives of indigenous women in the Amazon region of her home country, Ecuador.
Fritz and Romero were chosen from among 122 applicants. In a statement, Kristen Lubben, executive director of the Magnum Foundation said of the applicants, “That so many young women under the age of 30–and from countries around the world–already have substantial and distinctive bodies of work to share is really promising for the field as a whole.”
First Nation photojournalist Josué Rivas has won the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for “Standing Strong,” a project about the spiritual awakening that took hold among people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016. Finalists for the award were Zackary Canepari for “Flint Is a Place,” about the challenges of life in... More ›
Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Other... More ›
World Press Photo this morning announced six finalists for the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced April 12 at a ceremony in Amsterdam. World Press also announced three finalists in each of its eight photo categories, and three finalists in each of its four Digital Storytelling categories. This is... More ›