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We are delighted to announce that ANNA FILIPOVA is the WINNER of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2019 for her work Research At the End Of The World, which focuses on international scientific research taking place in the Arctic region on climate change.


Ny Alesund settlement, Svalbard
The Research Centre, formerly a coal mining town, is the largest laboratory for modern Arctic research in existence. There are representations from 11 countries.
© Anna Filipova

The judges Donna Cesare (Photojournalist & Educator), Rebecca Conway (Photographer & former MSFA Winner 2017), Nina Emett (Photographer & FotoDocument Director), Melanie Friend (Photojournalist & Educator), Rebecca Newton (Nikon), Marilyn Stafford and Honorary Judge Lina Clerke (Marilyn’s daughter) deliberated for several hours to select the overall Winner and Honourable Mentions from the fifteen-strong shortlist and were unanimous in the final decisions. The judges agreed that Filipova’s ongoing work Research At The End Of The World is of a very high photographic standard, that it approaches this topical and most important of issues from an under-reported perspective and that it has the potential to create impact through exhibiting at UN Climate Summits around the world, at international photography festivals and within global publications.




Anna Filipova is a photojournalist. She has worked for the International New York Times and Reuters and has been published in CNN, BBC, Washington Post, The Guardian and The Telegraph, amongst others. Anna specialises in the Arctic region where she explores environmental topics based in remote and inaccessible areas. She has been a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and National Geographic. She was selected by Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris and President of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, as a climate heroin in 2017/18. Anna’s work has been showed at Climate UN summits around the world, Photo London, PhotoVille NY, Festival Arles France and Royal Geographical Society UK.



Ny-Ålesund is situated on the 79th parallel north on Svalbard archipelago, which makes it the most northerly permanent civilian settlement in the world. It houses the largest laboratory for modern Arctic research in existence. This network of laboratories and research stations is managed by eleven countries. The population of Ny-Ålesund is predominately made up of research scientists. It has very restricted access both because of the scientific projects that are conducted there and the measuring instruments that are situated in the area. Even though the settlement is located away from major sources of human pollution, the atmospheric circulation brings air from Europe and North America into the region. This creates a unique environment on two counts: firstly for the observation of post-global warming conditions and secondly in creating a concentration of international scientific research and collaboration between nations. Over the years Svalbard, Ny-Ålesund has been visited by many significant figures: John McCain, Hilary Clinton, Ban Ki-moon among others, as it is a place where the consequences of climate change can be seen clearly in the surrounding landscape and where they can speak with and learn from the scientists from all over the world. Such Research stations are an integral and crucial resource for policy makers and global enterprises and indeed for every inhabitant of this planet – as these changes in the Arctic climate affect the systemic ecological changes in the rest of the world.


The Arctic Research Station, Svalbard.
A female scientist preparing tools for data gathering for climate research. In the background is Blomstandbreen. In the 1980s, Blomstrandhalvøya (a place situated next to Ny-Ålesund on the 80th parallel North), was still believed to be a peninsula, but due to the retreating of Glacier Blomstandbreen, it became an island within less than a decade.
© Anna Filipova


© Anna Filipova



The judges felt that 7 of the short-list photographers deserved Honourable Mentions as follows (in alphabetical order):




Christiana Botic is an American news and documentary photographer exploring identity in the Balkans. As a 2016-2017 National Geographic-Fulbright Storytelling Fellow in Serbia and Croatia, she documented stories of refugees along the Balkan Route, lesser-known ethnic minorities in the region, and her own family’s history of migration throughout former Yugoslavia. Botic is currently a Masters Candidate at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.




This work focuses on coming of age in the ethnically-segregated city of Mitrovica, Kosovo, two decades after the Kosovo War. Though the previous generation grew up in a single city speaking both Serbian and Albanian, the post-war generation only knows a divided Mitrovica, where they are raised in different neighbourhoods, sent to different schools, and taught they live in different countries based on their ethnicity. How do young people search for autonomy, find belonging, and create connection in this complex and fragile environment? “Divided Generation” explores everyday life of youth in Mitrovica from different ethnic backgrounds—Serbian, Albanian, Roma, and mixed – as they navigate the uncertain world they were born into.


Crowds flood the streets of Mitrovica to take photos during prom season, when graduating high school students parade through the city in formal wear. Before the war, children learned Serbian and Albanian, but now they attend separate high schools exclusively taught in their respective mother tongues.
© Christiana Botic


Aleksandra Vajsel, 15, applies makeup at the kitchen table across from her father before going to meet friends at a cafe in the Serb-majority side of the city, north of the Ibar River.
© Christiana Botic





Samyukta Lakshmi is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Bangalore, India. Her work focuses on vulnerable communities, social inequality, and climate change. She is a graduate of the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York. Her work has been published in the The New York Times, Der Spiegel, BBC, Bloomberg News, Quartz, Business Insider USA, MIT Technology Review Magazine, Caravan, Grazia, Yahoo Finance, Deccan Herald.



This work documents women’s self-help groups, made up of former women bonded labourers – a form of modern slavery – and wives and daughters of bonded labourers in Karnataka, India who work together to support each another, gain access to financial services and spearhead changes that affect the entire community.


Lakshmakka is from Beechaganahalli, Chikkaballapur district. Her father was a bonded labourer. He took a loan to get his daughter married, but her husband left her. Lakshakka joined a self-help group and took a loan to buy sheep but she had to sell off her sheep as she had health problems and needed the money to pay hospital bills. She now works at a grape farm and earns about 200 INR a day. She’s hoping to take a loan again to buy some cattle.
© Samyukta Lakshmi


Devammas walks on the one acre of land she has leased out in Beechagana halli, Chikkaballapur Taluk, for a period of 5 years with a loan of 25,000 INR. She grows Ragi ground nuts, which she uses for her own consumption and also to sell to brokers. Devamma’s father-in-law was a bonded labourer for 15 years. He had taken a loan to educate his children. Devamma started the self-help group in 2013 with the help of an NGO. She has been able to educate her children by taking out group loans.
© Samyukta Lakshmi



Nida Mehboob is a photographer & filmmaker based in Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated as a pharmacist but left the field to pursue photography in 2012. Her documentary work got her into several international workshops and fellowships over the years including one year long filmmaking workshop by Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund. She also received a grant and fellowship by Magnum Foundation for their Social Justice Program in New York in 2019. She has been selected as one of the only two Pakistanis to attend Berlinale Film Festival as a Talent in 2020. Her short films have screened at international film festivals including Locarno Open Doors 2018. Her topic of interests includes themes of social injustice varying from religious persecution and gender discrimination in Pakistan. She will be doing a 3 month art residency by Akademie of Arts in Berlin 2020.



In 1974 the state declared the Ahmadi community in Pakistan non- Muslims and criminalised their religious practices including Islamic greetings. They are violently discriminated against and suffer the most under harsh Blasphemy laws. Ahmadis are one of the groups that most seek asylum abroad from Pakistan. This work is a visual record of this  marginalisation in the form of a small photo-book that looks like a guide but actually it is a sarcastic take on the persecution using re-enacted/staged photographs, quotes and statistics.


Even though Ahmadis are born and raised as Muslim, the state can prosecute them for “posing” as one. They are Non-Muslim according to the law and can be jailed for up to 3 years for even saying “As salam u Alaikum”. As for saying the prayers or reciting the Quran in a public space, well you can just forget about that. From 1984 till 2018, there have been 4178 cases against community members under section 298-C of Pakistan’s Infamous Blasphemy Law.
© Nida Mehboob


© Nida Mehboob




Viviana Peretti is an Italian freelance photographer based between Bogota and New York where in 2010 she graduated in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography (ICP). In 2000, after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Rome, she moved to Colombia where she completed an MA in Journalism and spent years working as a freelance photographer.
Viviana has received fellowships and awards from ICP, the Fondation Bruni-Sarkozy in France, FotoVisura, CNN, Sony, the World Photography Organization in London, the Moscow International Foto Awards, the Camargo Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation in the US, the Photo Museum in Bogota, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture, among others. In 2010, she has been selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York.



This work highlights the victims of Colombia’s forced disappearances through a visual investigation of altars at the homes of the grieving family members who await their return. According to Colombia’s National Centre for Historic Memory (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, CNMH), 82,998 people were forcibly disappeared in the country between 1958 and 2017, at an average rate of one disappearance every six hours over 59 years. Inequality and an oligarchic political system are among the causes of the violence and social failure that Colombia is experiencing almost since its independence from Spain in 1810. The majority of the victims of forced disappearance are humble people – peasants, uneducated young boys forced to grow up before their time in violent slums, unionists, students from public universities and indigenous leaders. Rarely does the crime of forced disappearance affect members of the wealthy oligarchy that rules the country, providing a further explanation of the indifference and ineffectiveness of the judicial system in persecuting the perpetrators of such crime.


Sandra Cristina Arteaga, 44 years old, carrying a wooden urn where she hopes one day the remains of her brother Hector Emilio will rest. Hector, 30 years old, disappeared from his home in Medellin in 2005. To date, Cristina has attended five exhumations where she hoped she was finally going to locate his remains.
© Viviana Peretti


A passer-by looks at the photograph of a missing person during a protest against forced disappearance in front of the Universidad Nacional of Bogota.
© Viviana Peretti




Alice Proujansky is a documentary photographer covering women and labour: birth, work, motherhood and identity. Her projects include Birth Culture, Women’s Work and Still Moving: Migrant Families. She is now working on photo essays about her family’s legacy of radical activism and about birth. Alice’s work has been published by New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Nation, the Boston Globe, The New Republic, Fast Company, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan and others. She has received support from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Magnum Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Women Photograph, the Solutions Journalism Network and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and was selected for Review Santa Fe 2014 and the New York Portfolio Review 2016 and 2019. She wrote and photographed Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids, published by Aperture. She has taught photography in underserved communities since 2002, and wrote Aperture On Sight, Aperture’s free photography and visual literacy curriculum.



The U.S. is the only industrialised nation with a rising rate of maternal mortality, but there is a movement from within to provide evidence-based, culturally-focused midwifery care in communities facing poor maternal health outcomes and the evidence shows that it is working. Proujansky has photographed birth since 2006; examining the ways that reproductive healthcare embodies access, choice, history, misogyny and structural racism. She has seen that birth outcomes are not just personal experiences, but expressions of a complex interplay of medicine and culture manifested in women’s bodies



Em’Mae Alexander labours at Roots Community Birth Center with the support of her mother, Tulani Alexander and her doula, Lakesha Gordon.
© Alice Proujansky


Shawnna Jackson-Haynes, 22, labours at home, surrounded by her mother, sister and cousin.
© Alice Proujansky



Greta Rico is a Mexican documentary photographer focused on themes related to gender, human rights and social issues. Her work has been published in magazines, print and digital media such as The HuffPost México, Luchadoras, El Universal, Milenio, La Crítica and Lado B among others. She has collaborated with various Mexican, regional, and Latin American civil society organizations (NGOs) that work with human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights. During 2019 Greta was selected as part of the XXXII generation of the Eddie Adams Workshop. Similarly, one of her documentary works was selected in the National Photography Contest 2019 about Human Rights. In May of that same year, she was selected as a Fellow of the International Women’s Media Fund to participate in the “Adelante” Program in Latin America. In April, she was selected for the “Documenting Humanity 2019” sample of the 24HourProject. And in the month of February, she was selected as a finalist in the “XI Edition of the IILA-Photography Award” on gender equity. In the summer of 2018, she was awarded a scholarship by the Bob and Diane Fund to attend the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Kolkata, India. That same year, she was part of the selection for the contest “The Force of Women in the face of Disappearances in Mexico”. And in 2017 of the International Photography Contest “Diversity and Peace”.



This work began on the same day as the funeral of Rico’s cousin – it documents the many women in Mexico who have become ‘substitute mothers’ due to the high rate of feminicide in the country. Nine women become victims of feminicide every day according to data from UN Women. Even without government recognition this has become a serious security problem, but also a deep and worrying care crisis in the county. Many of these women are mothers. According to data from the National Women’s Institute, it is estimated that from December 2018 to June 2019, there were 4,275 children in an orphanage due to the increase in feminicides in the country.


Siomara comforts her two nephews, Emiliano and Nicole during her mother’s fineral. That day, Siomara decided to take care of them and since then they call her mom.
© Greta Rico


A year after the funeral, living together is difficult and there are family dynamics at play for this single mother but a routine with her other children is soon established.
© Greta Rico




Daniela Sala is an Italian photographer and journalist, based in Rome. Her works have been published by Der Spiegel, The Guardian, El Paìs, Profl, Al-Monitor, il Venerdì di Repubblica, Al Monitor, Internazionale, YoDona, and Elle. She reports mainly from the Middle East, but also worked in South America, Vietnam and Europe. She graduated in Journalism in 2010, at Turin university. In 2016, thanks to a scholarship, she completed the WSP masterclass in Rome in Photo-Journalism and Documentary Photography. She focuses focus mainly on long-term photo project, with a documentary approach. While as a freelance writer and video-maker she keeps covering a variety of social issue, mainly Migration, and Labour exploitation in the Middle-East and in Italy, as a photographer she is mainly focused on projects exploring social issues, identity and stigma. She recently worked on a long-term project about survivors of asylums for mentally hill people in Italy, she covered the rise of In Vitro Fertilization in Gaza, and a silent revolution of a group of women in rural Jordan, who are fighting gender based violence and gender stereotypes through self-defence.



This work is an intimate portrait of queer activists in the MENA region of the Middle East, who are finding ways to speak out despite repression and stigma. They are often trapped between a society that is oppressive to non-conforming individuals, and a Westernized narrative that too often sees them as victims and whose only hope is abroad. But despite repression and social stigma they are finding ways to speak out, becoming visible and creating their own families. While in the past years there has been increasing coverage of LGBT-related issues around the world, when it comes to the Middle East most of the focus has been on people seeking asylum abroad or on individuals being persecuted for being gay. While this is a crucial part of the story, the struggle of people who are fighting for change in their local communities is largely overlooked.


Andrea and a friend (both drag queens) are helping out their friends who are about to have a show, by bringing them their wigs. Drag queens normally support and help each other. Despite growing at an unprecedented pace, in Lebanon it is still a tight community. Beirut, Lebanon.
© Daniela Sala


Margo, Araz and Naya spend an afternoon at sea, in Raouche. They are all activists at Helem (“Dream”, in Arabic), a community centre and a safe space for the community. Beirut, Lebanon.
© Daniela Sala


The Judges are very pleased with the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2019 Winner, the 7 Honourable Mentions and the 15-strong Shortlist. They are all incredibly dedicated and talented women who go to extraordinary lengths to tell under-reported stories in order to make a difference in areas of social, environmental and cultural importance globally.