Néha Hirve, Luján Agusti and Gabriella Demczuk have each won a $2,500 grant from the inaugural Women Photograph + ONA Grants. Additionally, photojournalist Alex Potter has won $5,000 to collaborate with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The prizes, the first from ONA’s Storytelling Fund, is dedicated to supporting new or in-progress projects from emerging female documentary photographers.
Potter, who is originally from the Midwest, will use the grant to support her project photographing conflict in the Middle East. According to The New York Times Lens blog, Potter will focus on the everyday lives of families from different societies.
Stockholm-based Hirve won for her project “Full Shade/Half Sun,” which explores an experimental community focused on reforesting desertified land in India. Agusti of Mexico City will use the grant money to support her project “Payasos Danzantes,” which studies the changing and merging cultures in Mexico. Demczuk, based in the Washington, D.C. area, won for her ongoing project that examines immigration enforcement along the Texas border communities.
The winners were chosen from a pool of nearly 500 entries by judges Mallory Benedict, National Geographic; Ariel Zambelich, NPR; Nathalie Applewhite, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; and Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph.
The inaugural grant is supported by Women Photograph, an initiative to elevate the voices of female visual journalists, and the gear bag company ONA.
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