Majid Saeedi – Winner (Life in War)
Although I have spent my entire professional life traveling from one conflict zone to another, in the past year, for this project, I have focused exclusively on the men and women whose lives have been crushed by the war in Afghanistan, a country I have been visiting for over a decade.
Valerio Bispuri – Finalist (Encerrados)
Travel to South American Jails. I spent 10 years traveling to South American jails: a different and complex world in which violence and abuse are part of convicts’ lives. The purpose of this work is not to denounce the situation in jails but to discover and tell what joins and what separates the South America countries.
Fernando Moleres – Finalist (Breaking the circle)
This photo essay is focused on juveniles incarcerated in adult prison under terrible conditions and the new realities they face in Sierra Leone when they are released after long periods in prison without rehabilitation.
Tanya Habjouqa – Finalist (Occupied pleasures)
This is an exploration of the moments where ordinary men and women demonstrate a desire to live, not just simply survive. Media coverage of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is certainly not lacking; however, Palestinians are often misrepresented and suffer from a loss of a focus on the individual. This work was enabled by a Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund grant. A small selection has been exhibited in Paris Photoquai in September of 2013. It was published in the NYT Lens Blog in January 2014.
Regina Monfort (High in the Land of Oz)
Methamphetamine addiction in the American Heartland. “The first time I tried meth, Bobby and I had had an argument; he got pretty verbal and screamed a lot… I ran out of the house to my daughter who lived ten – fifteen blocks away, and she was there smoking meth on foil, and I didn’t know what it was, and she said: ‘Come on Mom, try some!’ I did try a little bit, and I remember sitting on the front porch, watching the sun come up, and thinking that my life wasn’t so bad after all and that I needed to go on.” – Dorothy.