The Activist Awards were conceived six years ago to recognize outstanding documentary photography created in partnership with nonprofit organizations worldwide. Two categories of applicants (professional and emerging) were awarded cash grants in appreciation of their significant works. See our 2014 award winners and runners-up below.

Catchlight's 2014 Activist Awards honored a handful of documentary photographers covering critical social issues around the world. Winners Åsa Sjöström and Amirtharaj Stephen stood out for their unique approaches to exposing injustice in their respective homelands. We also noticed a large number of photographers—Sergi Cámara, Ksenia Diodorova, Laura Santopietro and Michelle Frankfurter included—addressing themes of migration and refugee movements. Lastly, those projects which introduced us to big issues through the intimate moments and extraordinary struggles of individuals deserve special recognition, seen here in the works of Dmitry Markov, Megan E. Doherty, Monika Bulaj and Mads Nissen.

Note:

We are postponing the awards cycle while we work on reconfiguring and fine-tuning our criteria to better align with Catchlight's renewed mission. 


The Winners

Åsa Sjöström (professional category)

Åsa Sjöström (professional category)

Amirtharaj Stephen (emerging category)

Amirtharaj Stephen (emerging category)

The Runners-up

Sergi Cámara (professional)

Sergi Cámara (professional)

Megan E. Doherty (emerging)

Megan E. Doherty (emerging)

Annalisa Natali Murri (professional)

Annalisa Natali Murri (professional)

Dmitry Markov (emerging)

Dmitry Markov (emerging)

Honorable Mention

Mads Nissen (professional)

Mads Nissen (professional)

Sebastiano Tomada (professional)

Sebastiano Tomada (professional)

Michelle Frankfurter (professional)

Michelle Frankfurter (professional)

Monika Bulaj (professional)

Monika Bulaj (professional)

Ksenia Diodorova (emerging)

Ksenia Diodorova (emerging)

Laura Santopietro (emerging)