The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported by Olympus, is granted annually to a professional female photographer towards the initiation or completion of a documentary photo essay addressing an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, either local or global. This evening, the 2018 winner has been announced as Özge Sebzeci (Turkey) and two runners up for the prize as Simona Ghizzoni (Italy) and Mary Turner (UK).
The winning work by Sebzeci focuses on the marrying and divorcing of displaced Syrian refugee children in Anatolia. Meanwhile, the runners up work looks at Female Genital Mutilation in Europe and the survival and endurance of former coal mining communities in the North of England respectively.
The 2018 shortlist for the Award included 30 women, working across the world on a diverse range of topics including indigenous transgender in Colombia, recovery from opioids in the US, women farmers in Scotland, survivor activists in Bhopal, and with photographers coming from the US, UK, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland, Iceland, Ecuador, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Scotland, India and Pakistan. The stories range from the personal to the political to the global. The full list of shortlisted photographers can be found here.
The overall winner of the The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award receives £2,000 towards their project and an exhibition in 2019 at After Nyne Gallery, London as well as an exhibition catalogue and mentoring support. There will be two runners up who will each receive £500 and a selection of images from their final photo essay will be exhibited at the After Nyne Gallery alongside the winner and will feature in the related exhibition catalogue.
IMAGE: © Özge Sebzeci