Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

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Editor's Note: Curated by Cameron Peters, this 6-part feature, released over the next month, aims to encourage publishers and brands to hire more freelance visual storytellers worldwide to grow your audiences through impactful imagery rooted in diverse voices, narratives, and modes of storytelling.

As we welcome 2023, Visura is delighted to highlight success stories by 50 freelance visual storytellers, artists, and journalists worldwide, who worked to inform audiences with unique, compelling visuals.

"These images ignite resilience, connection, and mystery, causing us to pause and open up to collective transformation." - Cameron Peters, Platform Curator

At a time when the industry continues to inundate audiences with superfluous stock images or AI-regenerative visual content, Visura remains committed to empowering professional creators and buyers with easy access to unique and in-depth visuals. This 6-part feature is a glimpse of the incredible work that is being produced by freelancers today.

Part VI Featuring: Anita Pouchard Serra (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Bissera Videnova (New York, New York), Neil Kramer (Queens, New York), Sitara Thalia Ambrosio (Hanover, Germany), Acacia Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska),
Nikki Johnson (New York, New York) Vidhyaa Chandramohan (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Sofia Aldinio (Baja California, Mexico), Ofir Berman (Israel), Diego Ibarra Sánchez (Based in Beirut, Lebanon)

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Anita Pouchard Serra (Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

On assignment for The New York Times, Anita Pouchard Serra photographed drummer Miguel Tomasín for the story, "The Drummer Who Reminds People That ‘You Can Play Music as You Like.’"

Caption: Alan Courtis, Roberto Conlazo(back), Miguel Tomasin ( middle), Patricio Conlazo(front) pose for a portrait in their dressing room before their concert at the RUIDO festival, of experimental music in the Cultural Center Nestor Kirchner, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday 9 of September 2022. Reynols is an experimental rock band from Argentina formed in 1993. Today, the band is led by the drummer, Miguel Tomasi╠ün, a musician with Down syndrome. 

Photo by Anita Pouchard Serra.
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Website: 
https://www.anitapouchardserra.com/



Bissera Videnova (Based in New York, NY)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI
Bissera Videnova was a recipient of The 2022 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3) for her project, Strive for Freedom.  

Caption: Framed photo of Vantzeti and his mother at Vantzeti's apartment in Queens, New York, January, 2022.  

Photo by Bissera Videnova.
Based in New York, NY.
Website: 
https://www.bissaturation.com/


Neil Kramer (Based in Queens, New York)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

Neil Kramer was featured at the Headon Photography Festival in Sydney, Australia for his three year photography project project, "Quarantine in Queen."

Caption: January 26, 2020. Day 26, Quarantine in Queens by Neil Kramer, part of a three year project showing his pandemic life in a two bedroom, one bath apartment living with his mother and ex-wife.  

Photo by Neil Kramer.
Based in Queens, New York. 
Website:
https://neilkramerphotography.com/


Sitara Thalia Ambrosio (Based in Hanover, Germany)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

Sitara Thalia Ambrosio's photo series "Fragile as Glass: LGBTQ+ people in the Russian invasion against Ukraine” was featured in the Folkn Fusion Featival. The series has since been awarded with the Residence Prize at the Hellerau Photography Award. 

Caption: Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many people have fled to the west of the country, such as to Lviv. This also accounts for Natalia and Tetiana, who in normal times are publishers of children's books. They came from Kharkiv to the west of Ukraine. Now they tie camouflage nets in a volunteer center. These nets are made from old fabrics and are then sent to the Ukrainian army for support. March 14, 2022. 

Photo by Sitara Thalia Ambrosio.
Based in Hanover Germany.
Website: 
https://sitaraambrosio.com/

Acacia Johnson (Based in Anchorage, Alaska)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI
Acacia Johnson photographed the Time Magazine feature story, "Polar Paradox: The Melting Arctic Could Destroy Indigenous Ways of Life While Making Some Alaskans Rich."

Caption: Inupiaq elder Betty Anagick, 94, models a tradtional parka sewn by her great-grandmother outside her home in Unalakleet, Alaska. Anagick says that the climate has changed noticably in her lifetime.

Photo by Acacia Johnson.
Based in Anchorage, Alaska.
Website: 
https://www.acaciajohnson.com/


Nikki Johnson (Based in New York, New York)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI
Nikki Johnson was commissioned by writer and director Melanie Maria Goodreaux to photograph the actors of "The White Blacks."

Caption: In character: Jonathan Duran as "Red" in "The White Blacks." November 2, 2022. 
 
Photo by Nikki Johnson.
Based in New York, New York.
Website: 
http://www.nikkijohnson.com/


Vidhyaa Chandramohan (Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI
Vidhyaa Chandramohan's story on UAE Women in Falconry was published by National Geographic Arabic Magazine. 

Caption: The UAE's female falconers regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds, developing friendships and sharing knowledge in the process. Falconry is a multi-million-dirham industry. Like camel racing, women have traditionally been almost completely absent from this heritage sport, but things are changing in the UAE. From left to right, Mariam Al Hammadi, Eman Al Hammadi, and Ayesha Al Mansoori at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photographed at Abu Dhabi Remote desert during falconry training.

Photo by Vidhyaa Chandramohan.
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Website: 
https://vidhyaa.visura.co/


Sofia Aldinio (Based in Portland, Maine) 
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

On assignment for The Washington Post, Sofia Aldinio photographed the story, "In rural America, the crisis of disappearing reproductive care steals lives."

Caption: (Image left) A Family Medicine Practitioner, 36, walks into the room for abortion procedure at Mabel Wadsworth Center, Bangor, Maine on September 7th, 2022. (Image right) Abortion signs in downtown Bangor, Maine on September 6th, 2022.

Photo by Sofia Aldinio.
Based in Portland, Maine.
Website: 
http://www.sofiaaldinio.com/



Ofir Berman (Based in Israel)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI
Ofir Berman photographed the NPR Picture Show story, "The Dead Sea is dying. These beautiful, ominous photos show the impact."

Caption: Rachel Kiro, 13, the daughter of Dead Sea researcher Yael Kiro from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, sits atop a salt formation in the northern basin of the Dead Sea in Israel on Nov. 5, 2022.

Photo by Ofir Berman.
Based in Israel.
Website: 
http://www.ofirberman.com/


Diego Ibarra Sánchez (Based in Beirut, Lebanon)
Highlighting Success Stories By Freelancers Coming Into 2023 - PART VI

Diego Ibarra Sanchez's project The open wounds of war in Iraq was published by EL PAIS SEMANAL. 


Caption: Portrait of Zainab, 14 years old, and her brother, Abd Al-Hussain, 16 years old, outside their house in Zareeji. Zainab was affected by a UXO while she was collecting steel with her brother 6 km far away from her community. “My dream is to see again, I don't want anything else in my life, my wish is to see I have nothing more precious than my eyes. I hope my eyesight will return soon.” The increasing urbanization of armed conflict raises important concerns. Even after conflict, the effects of explosive weapons reverberate for years to come. Iraq remains among the countries most contaminated by landmines and explosive devices in the world. March 1, 2022. Basra, Iraq.   

The open wounds of war in Iraq is a project done in March 2022 to highlight how the war affects thousands of children's lives in Iraq as a part of the UNICEF project on"EWIPA," explosive weapons in populated areas in Iraq and Ukraine during 2022.

Photo by Ibarra Sánchez.
Based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Website: https://www.diegoibarra.com/


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