Announcing the Inaugural CatchLight Fellows

CONGRATULATIONS to this year's CatchLight Fellows!

© Tomas van Houtryve

© Tomas van Houtryve

We are thrilled to announce the first CatchLight Fellows: Sarah Blesener, Brian Frank and Tomas Van Houtryve.

Each Fellow will receive a $30,000 grant and be paired with a CatchLight media partner—The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting or The Marshall Project—to complete a proposed project that builds upon past work, demonstrates measurable social awareness and expands understanding of how visual art can be used to communicate vital social issues.

Sarah, Brian and Tomas were selected from more than 300 photographers from around the world.

Sarah Blesener, a New York-based documentary photographer, will be working with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to address growing nationalism among youth in the U.S.

Sarah Blesener, a New York-based documentary photographer, will be working with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to address growing nationalism among youth in the U.S.

Brian Frank, of San Francisco, is a social documentary photographer. He will be working with The Marshall Project to document the activities of organizations working to provide viable alternatives to prison for people caught in the cycles of poverty and crime.

Brian Frank, of San Francisco, is a social documentary photographer. He will be working with The Marshall Project to document the activities of organizations working to provide viable alternatives to prison for people caught in the cycles of poverty and crime.

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author based in Paris, France. He will be working with The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to document developments along the U.S.-Mexico border using surveillance imaging technologies and further exploring the “weaponization” of photography.

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author based in Paris, France. He will be working with The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to document developments along the U.S.-Mexico border using surveillance imaging technologies and further exploring the “weaponization” of photography.

About the Fellowship

“CatchLight Fellows are Fellows for life. We are activating a vibrant community of creative thought leaders whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with each other,” said our founder and Executive Director, Nancy Farese.

Each year, the CatchLight Fellowship will recognize three lens-based artists who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to bring awareness to challenging social issues. The deadline for applications for the 2018 Fellowship is January 31, 2018.

Email us at hi@catchlight.io to find out more.

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