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FotoEvidence BOOK AWARD 2011

Since the dawn of photography, images captured on film have brought previously undocumented events to the attention of the public. Photographs have changed not only people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history. Fotoevidence is founded to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur.

Every year the FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a photo project documenting evidence of a violation of human rights. The selected project will be published as part of a FotoEvidence series of photo books dedicated to pay tribute to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating an awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

There were 59 submissions for the first FotoEvidence Book Award, documenting injustice in 41 countries. We were surprised and pleased by both the range and power of the work submitted. The world is in a sorry state but dedicated photographers everywhere are working to bring this to light and inspire change. We are proud to publish and disseminate the selected projects, which we feel reveal the courage and commitment of documentary photographers in pursuit of social justice.

The selected projects are on view in the Book Award Galleries and an exhibit of all the projects will be mounted in New York in the fall of 2011 in conjunction with the release of Javier Arcenillas’s book: Sicarios