The Shortlist includes 11 photographers from six countries—Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Singapore, Spain and the United States. Their work ranges from experiencing life in policed communities to the current global shortage of sand.
We wanted to give you a better glimpse of the work that are currently being considered for the CatchLight Fellowship - in their own words.
CatchLight is delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural CatchLight Fellowship, which recognizes excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The shortlisted photographers were selected for creative leadership and a remarkable body of work with the potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact
At CatchLight, now more than ever, we believe in the power of art to change the world. We are a photography organization that celebrates excellence and innovation in visual storytelling. We engage with a global community of creative thought leaders and change makers who are committed to measurable social impact. With this in mind, we are very proud to unveil what we've been working on for the better part of a year.
We’ve long been aware of Christian Rodriguez’s photography. His portraits of women are intimate and empathetic. His gaze is non-judgemental; he seems comfortable navigating themes of solitude, motherhood, and the multitude of challenges that face today’s youth. His ongoing work on teen mothers, shot throughout Latin America, has been picking up momentum online for some time.
Photographer Mads Nissen's work, "Homophobia in Russia," was recently featured in a REVEAL episode dedicated to the dangerous business of being gay in Russia today.
"Hateful anti-gay rhetoric is so pervasive in Russia that it's heard daily on television and in speeches by politicians - but what does it look like?"
CatchLight’s Activist Awards identify outstanding work by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $5,000-$15,000. This year we received 256 submissions from 54 different countries, and awarded $15,000 to a professional and $5,000 to an emerging photographer.