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Congratulations to the 10 photojournalists receiving the 2017 Yunghi Grant:

 Amber Bracken, Andrea Campeanu, Mikala Compton, 

Marko Drobnjakovic, Brendan Hoffman, Lauren Justice, Leo Novel, 

Michael Santiago, Andrew Seng, Ines Della Valle

We thank all those who submitted entries to this year’s grant; it was a challenge to narrow it to ten. Jeffrey Smith and I feel truly privileged to read everyone’s stories and proposals, and are always heartened to see that there is really strong editorial thinking and story development each year. 

If you have a moment over the holidays, look at each photojournalist’s website; some very strong work there in busy and quiet corners of the world. Note too, the caliber of photojournalists who navigate a wide range of situations from breaking news to intimate moments. 

I am immensely proud of all the entrants of this grant: all are committed photographers who are part of our photojournalism community, all attempting meaningful work as best as they can manage, often under difficult circumstances. This is sincerely humbling. 

   Thank you all, happy holidays and here’s to a successful New Year. 

Yunghi Kim

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AMBER BRACKEN

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“Aimee Bellerose writes a note to her mom, Deanna Bellerose, on the homemade cross marking where Deanna’s remains were found, 10 years after she went missing from the streets of Edmonton. It was the first time Aimee had visited the spot since the discovery in 2012” 

AmberBracken.Com / Edmonton, Canada / Indigenous 

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ANDREEA CAMPEANU

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“A girl living in a shelter for sex traffic survivors is holding her diary, outside Cluj-Napoca, Romania”

Andreea-Campeanu.Com / Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Sex Trade

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MIKALA COMPTON

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“Pagans gather in a circle around a fire before a Thelemic ritual to the goddess of the sky, Nuit at Oak Spirit Sanctuary. The pagans believe eclipses are times for working with their own gods and goddesses due to the heightened energies because a solar eclipse is a rare astrological event. This photograph was taken with a long-exposure, allowing the night sky to be seen layered over the group surrounding the fire”

Mikala Compton.Com / Columbia, Missouri / Pagan Community.

 

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MARKO DROBNJAKOVIC

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“Dzavahira Grahic, 60, a Yugoslav, stands on an improvised stage during a commemoration ceremony to mark a local WWII anti-fascist uprising, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017. Grahic serves as one of the leaders of a local chapter of the Association of Anti-Fascists and WWII Veterans in Zenica. The photograph on the stage shows Josip Broz Tito, former Yugoslav leader”

Marko Drobnjakovic / Belgrade, Serbia / The Last Yugoslavs

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BRENDAN HOFFMAN

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A portrait of small town, Webster City, Iowa, population 8,000.

BrendanHoffman.Com / Kyiv, Ukraine / Small Town

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LAUREN JUSTICE

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“Raesha Warren looks on as ranchers rope calves to brand on the Higgins family ranch in Valentine, Nebraska”  From “Fly Over Me” project. 

LaurenJustice.Com / Madison Wisconsin / New “Voices of Violence “

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LEO NOVEL 

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“Clara Gaymard co-founder of Raise cycles to work, Paris, France” 

LeoNovel.com / Paris, France / Breaking the Glass Ceiling

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MICHAEL SANTIAGO

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“Julius spend a better part of the morning harvesting long stem cotton for a florist. His passion to change the narrative of what it means to be a Black farmer who grows cotton, has led to his business Black Cotton, where his products are used as decor in homes”

MSantiagoPhotos.com / Brooklyn, New York / Black Famers

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ANDEREW SENG

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“Daisy Quiñonez and Dylan Muldrew on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Portland, Ore. Daisy: I definitely got some push back, especially from men in my family. It has to do with how they see black masculinity. Honestly I think they see it as a threat… I haven’t formally introduced Dylan to my dad because of racist things he said.”

AndrewSeng.Com / NY, New York / Interracial Intimacy

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INES DELLA VALLE

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“Defined by many as the Womb of Humankind, Egypt is the place where the foundations of occidental thought and spirituality were laid”

InesDellaValle.Com / Cairo, Egypt / Spiritual Path of Ancient Egypt. 

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2016: Frank Fourkier. Amnon Gutman. Carol Guzy. Derek Hudson. Dania Maxwell. Myriam Meloni. Jackie Molloy. Rick Rocamora. Ann Wang. Rony Zakaria.

2015: Jason Houge. Kenneth Jarecke. Andrew Lichtenstein. Leonie Marinovich. Michelle McLoughlin. Matt Mendelsohn. William B. Plowman. Rikki Reich. Ray Whitehouse. Angel Zayas.

*  We thank all of those who submitted to this year’s grant.  I hope to do this again next year.  It will be announced November 2018.  Peace, Yunghi

* Professional photographers can request to join private Facebook group  Photojournalists Cooperative (invite only), contact Yunghi@YunghiKim.Com along with link to your website.

* Photo Credits of photographers portraits: Amber Bracken by Jason Franson, Marko Drobnjakovic by Boogie, Lauren Justice by Sammy Jo Hester, Michael Santiago by Drew Osumi, Andrew Seng by Jose Luis Villegas/The Sacramento Bee. 

Yunghi Grant was started in 2015 by photojournalist Yunghi Kim with earnings she made from unauthorized use of her photographs.  She started this grant to help bring awareness of the importance of copyright and to encourage photographers to register their work with the US Library of Congress.  Photographers owning their work is important.  Yunghi is paying it forward by giving back to photojournalism – an industry that she has proudly been a member of for 34 years.  Yunghi Kim and Contact Press Images Executive Director Jeffrey Smith were jurors of this grant.  

 

 

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