We are very pleased to announce our newest Awardees.

Carlo Gianferro, of Rome, Italy, receives the Established Artist Award for “Talk to the City,” a story of language learning, immigrant women and Rome’s diverse population.
The Emerging Vision Award goes to Andre Malerba, an American based in Myanmar, whose story “Built on Their Backs” looks at vibrant community of brickmakers of Hlawga township.

To learn more about these artists and to see their amazing photographs, click on their portraits or go to the Awards page.

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Carlo Gianferro                                                                   Andre Malerba

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