FotoEvidence and the World Press Photo Foundation have announced a new documentary photography award for 2018 called the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The winner’s work will be published in a book and promoted by FotoEvidence, and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition in 2018 in Amsterdam.

The award is open to professional and amateur documentary photographers covering human rights violations, injustices or assaults on human dignity. Entries are currently being accepted (note: there is a $50 fee to apply) and the deadline to submit your work is December 15. Entry rules and guidelines can be found here.

Judges for the new award include Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of PhotoEvidence; Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation; Peter van Agtmael, photographer and founder of Red Hook Editions; Gary Knight, VII Photo Agency co-founder; Jen Tse, photo editor at Newsweek; and Daniella Zalcman, award-winning documentary photographer.

Notes Bachevanova: “After seven years and sixteen FotoEvidence books, we expect the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo to expand our reach to a worldwide audience, strengthen our mission promoting social justice, and increase our support for photographers who demonstrate courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights.”

The award will replace the FotoEvidence Book Award, and previous FotoEvidence Book Award winners include Zalcman (2016), Marcus Bleasdale (2015) and Majid Saeedi (2014). The 2017 award was given to Poulomi Basu for her project “Blood Speaks: A Ritual of Exile,” but FotoEvidence rescinded Basu’s award because of questions about her ethical conduct while creating the work, and misleading caption information.

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