Felicia Owlboy, age 19, at her aunt Jada's home in St. Michaels. The tattoo on her arm is dedicated to her father who hung himself. Spirit Lake, North Dakota. April, 2013

Felicia Owlboy, age 19, at her aunt Jada’s home in St. Michaels. The tattoo on her arm is dedicated to her father who hung himself. Spirit Lake, North Dakota. April, 2013

Rena Effendi was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and grew up in the USSR, witnessing her country’s path to independence—one marred by war, political instability, and economic collapse. From the outset, Effendi focused her photography on issues of conflict, social justice, and the oil industry’s effect on people and the environment. From 2002 to 2008, Effendi followed a 1,700-kilometer pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey documenting the impact this multibillion-dollar project had on impoverished farmers, fishermen, and other citizens. This six-year journey became her first book Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives Along the Pipeline, published in 2009. The project received numerous awards, including a Getty Images Editorial grant, a Fifty Crows International Fund Award, a Magnum Foundation Caucasus Photographer Award, and a Mario Giacomelli Memorial Fund Award. In 2012, Effendi published her second monograph “Liquid Land”, where her images of Baku are paired with photographs of perished butterflies hunted by her father, a Soviet entomologist, who collected more than 30,000 butterflies in Soviet Union. “Liquid Land” punctuates the theme of fragility and environmental decay of her native city.

Anna’s deer heads. Crow Hill, Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakota. April, 2013 Photo:Rena Effendi

Anna’s deer heads. Crow Hill, Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakota. April, 2013
Photo:Rena Effendi


Old man fixing a lid. Tawfikia village of Fayoum oasis two hours away from Cairo. Egypt. 2007 Photo:Rena Effendi

Old man fixing a lid. Tawfikia village of Fayoum oasis two hours away from Cairo. Egypt. 2007
Photo:Rena Effendi

Over the past 10 years, Effendi has covered stories in the post-Soviet region, as well as in Turkey and Iran, including the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, women victims of heroin and sex trafficking in Kyrgyzstan, and the hidden lives of youth in Tehran. In 2011, she received the Prince Claus Fund Award for Cultural Development and moved to Cairo. In 2012, Effendi was short-listed for the Prix-Pictet Global Award for Photography and Sustainability, for her series documenting life of the survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Effendi’s involvement with World Press Photo goes back to 2005, when she was a participant in the Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012, she was a selector for, and later contributor to the organization’s Reporting Change project. In 2014 Rena Effendi won 2nd and 3rd places in Observed Portrait Stories and Observed Potrait Singles categories of the World Press Photo Contest.

Photo:Rena Effendi

Photo:Rena Effendi

Photo: maria Ionov

Photo: maria Ionov



On paper Eivind H. Natvig was the epitome of the young, up-and-coming photojournalist; he spent years traveling all over the world with his camera, visiting countries such as Libya, Nepal, Brazil, Qatar, Bangladesh, Iceland, and India. His photographs were revered far beyond the norwegian borders. He photographed people making their mark on the landscape aswell as being part of it, people at work and play, wealthy people, poor people. Over the years Natvig captured our species and our mark on the Earth in innumerable ways: triumphs and defeats, everyday life and celebrations. Until he lost his spark.


In january 2010, in a dormitory in Dhaka, Natvig felt overwhelmed by photo-fatigue, or perhaps an overexposure to images. His eyes had seen too much, and he lost his enthusiasm for taking pictures. What can one do to reignite the interest to keep working? Natvig started by making a series of images in Dhaka using the most primitive of all cameras: a pinhole camera (this series was later turned into a book in collaboration with poet Gro Dahle). Then he returned home.


Natvig´s images linger somewhere in-between the genres of documentary and fine art. The series Du Er Her No (You Are Here Now) depicts Norway in this realm, but through the eyes of both the person who left and the person who returned. He shows Norway as both an exotic ands strange place, but at the same time somewhere mundane or trivial. The images have something both for the enthusiastic tourist and the native suffering from wanderlust. The images are full of juxtapositions – they refuse to make a stand or to take sides. But then again, it might not be a question of taking sides


Natvig currently divide his time between working on long-term projects and a life in the mountains and on the ocean.

He resides in the Lofoten Archipelago

Eivind Natvig in Lofoten


Easter Morning in Pueblo Libre, Lima Photo:Danielle Villasana

Easter Morning in Pueblo Libre, Lima
Photo:Danielle Villasana

Danielle Villasana is an independent photojournalist with a passion for issues on gender, identity, social politics and health. She is currently a member of the Emerging Talent Roster at Getty Images Reportage.

Before double-majoring in photojournalism and Spanish at the University of Texas, Danielle traveled through more than thirty countries in Europe and West Africa, photographing along the way. After meeting a photojournalist in Ghana, she realized that photography combined with discovery, cross-cultural communication and a desire to spread awareness about global issues equates to journalism. A lightbulb went off and she quickly headed back home to begin her studies.

Photo:Danielle Villasana

Photo:Danielle Villasana

Throughout her time as a student, Danielle photographed for The Daily Texan and the Austin American-Statesman as an intern. In 2012, she received the Helen M. Powell Traveling Fellowship and in 2013, she studied abroad in Lima, Peru, where she was a photography intern at El Comercio. In the fall of 2013 she attended the Eddie Adams Workshop.

In 2014, Danielle co-founded Everyday Latin America on Instagram, which is part of the Everyday community founded by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill as a way to combat stereotypes in the media.

This Spring she taught photography to marginalized communities in Lima, Peru, through a US Embassy grant. In April she attended the New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog.

After a long night of partying, Tamara, left, does a line of cocaine. Alcohol and substance abuse, combined with poor eating habits, makes them more vulnerable to contracting diseases such as Tuberculosis and HIV. Photo:Danielle Villasana

After a long night of partying, Tamara, left, does a line of cocaine. Alcohol and substance abuse, combined with poor eating habits, makes them more vulnerable to contracting diseases such as Tuberculosis and HIV.
Photo:Danielle Villasana

“A Light Inside,” Danielle’s long-term project on transgender women in Lima recently won the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award and was recognized by the Pride Photo Award and the International Photography Awards.

Most importantly, Danielle lives and works by the advice of her mentor Donna De Cesare: “You are a human being first and a journalist second.”

Danielle Villasana

Danielle Villasana

Yael Martinez

Photo:Yael Martinez

Yael Martinez is born and working as a freelance photographer in Mexico.
He has attended various workshops in Oaxaca with Mary Ellen Mark and presented his work in Mexico, Chile, Brasil, Colombia, Switzerland, USA and Spain.
Finalist in 2015 Eugene Smith Grant, 2nd runner up for World Press Photo MasterClass.
Selected as one of 12 participants in World Press Photo MasterClass Latin America 2016.

Photo:Yael Martinez



Yael Martinez

Yael Martinez


Anastasia Rudenko was born in the South-Kazakhstan region in 1982. At the age of 12, she moved to Russia with her parents. In 2009, she began taking photos inspired by experiences in her own family as a child. She began documenting families affected by domestic abuse, including members of her own family and people she met by following the police. Over the past two years, Rudenko has been exploring social issues in Russia (domestic violence, disabled children living in orphanages) and documenting life in her native Kazakhstan.

Photo: Anastasia Rudenko

Photo: Anastasia Rudenko

She is interested in a critical view of social and political issues in her works and dedicates most of her time to personal projects. Since autumn 2011, Rudenko has been represented by Reportage by Getty Images. She was selected for PDN’s list of 30 new and emerging photographers to watch in 2012. In the spring of 2012, she graduated from the Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Currently, she is working as a freelance photographer with Russian and international magazines and is based in Moscow.
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eras_210314_0916faEspen Rasmussen (b. 1976) is based at Nesodden, close to Oslo, Norway. He works as a photo editor in VG Helg — the weekend magazine of the biggest daily Norwegian newspaper VG. At the same time he is constantly working on his own photo projects. Rasmussen focuses specially on humanitarian issues and the challenges related to climate change. He is represented by Panos Pictures.
eras_290314_0693faIn 2008 he was listed by Photo District News on the prestigeous PDNs 30 — New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.

He has won numerous awards for his work, including two prizes from World Press Photo, several in the Picture of the Year international (POYi) and 32 awards in the Norwegian Picture of the Year.

In 2007, Espen received 60.000 dollar from the Freedom of Expression Foundation to continue his long-term project on refugees and IDPs around the world, which was published as the book TRANSIT in 2011, as well as a major exhibition.
eras_221014_0292faRasmussen is freelance lecturing photography at schools such as the Oslo University College and Bilder Nordic school of Photography. He is also frequently giving presentations at photo festivals and for a wide range of other audiences. For the last two years, he has been one of three editors/mentors in Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP).
eras_300314_0142faHis work has been exhibited at the Nobel Peace Center (Oslo), The Humanity House (The Hague), UNHCR headquarter (Geneva) and DokuFest international film festival (Kosovo), among other places. Clients include the New York Times, The Independent, Intelligent Life, Fader magazine, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), NRC (The Norwegian Refugee Council) and UNHCR.

His work has appeared in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Der Spiegel and the Economist and newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph and New York Times.
espen_rasmussen_webSee more of his work here. See his lecture Friday February 6th.


cy02Sim Chi Yin is a photographer based in Beijing, a member of VII Photo Agency.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese, Chi Yin was born and grew up in Singapore. She did history and international relations degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chi Yin was a finalist in W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography with a personal project on Chinese gold miners in 2013.

She is on the British Journal of Photography’s Ones to Watch list of photographers in 2014. She was also among the PDN30 – Photo District News’ top 30 emerging photographers – in 2013.

When she’s not working on personal projects on social issues in the region, she shoots regularly for the New York Times. Since going freelance in 2011, she has also photographed for The New Yorker, TIME, Le Monde, Newsweek, Vogue USA, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, New York Times Sunday Magazine and Stern.
simchiIn 2010, she was awarded a Magnum Foundation “Photography and Human Rights” fellowship at New York University.

Her work has also been shown and collected by art galleries, auction houses and foundations in Paris and New York.

Chi Yin was a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language daily, for nine years before quitting to shoot.
cy-by Alan LimSee more of her work here. See her lecture on Friday February 6th.


01-00418-sarah Harald Henden is a staff photographer in VG and one of the  most experienced conflict photographers . Ever since he visited Afghanistan the first time in 1989 , he has regularly covered conflicts and natural disasters.02-00418-gaza07In addition to VG his photos published in most prestigious magazines worldwide. Among many honors he has twice won Picture of the Year and won two 1st prices in World Press Photo .

In 2004 Henden awarded the Great Journalist Award for his longstanding work in war and disaster areas.
hendenXnyXcopyX2_1200401317_1200401333See more of his work here. See his lecture on Friday February 6th.


tanyaTanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in Texas, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. 

She is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East. She heavily utilizes her education in cultural and applied anthropology.

Habjouqa won the 2014 World Press Award for Daily Life Stories, was a finalist for the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award, and recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund.

Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya photo collective, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. Her work has been widely exhibited, and her series “Women of Gaza” was acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 2013 and in private collections.
tanya-habjouqa-06Based in East Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore identity politics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant.

She is published in Foreign Policy, Le Monde, British Journal of Photography, Repubblica, Io Donna, Guardian, Neue Zürcher ZeitungWall Street Journal, New Republic, New York Times Lens Blog, Monocle, COURRiER JaponAl Jazeera, National, Washington Post, New York Times, Time Lightbox, Boston Globe, and CNN. Clients include Riwaq, the National, Bloomberg,  UNDP, UNRWA, UNESCO, USAID, and the Said Foundation.

Tanya received the 2011 SND Silver Award for her Gaza story A Life Less Ordinary, the 2007 Clarion Award for coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War for Bloomberg and the 2006 Global Health Council award for humanitarian photography with her Darfur coverage.

 She is represented by East Wing, an  international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar.
tanya portrettSee more of her work here. See her lecture Saturday February 7th.


003_LET_in the shadow of the pyramidsLaura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer.
She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt & the US.

In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects.

002_LET_in the shadow of the pyramidsShe is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism & political science.
RqS6KB6rSee more of her work here. See her lecture on Saturday February 7th.