Grant For Outstanding Photojournalism Project
2016 Visura Photojournalism
Visura is delighted to announce Indian photographer Souvid Datta as the recipient of the 2016 Photojournalism Grant. His long-term project Vanishing Girls of West Bengal explores the socio-economic contexts perpetuating child trafficking. The work reveals the trafficking routes and mechanisms by which girls are systematically kidnapped, abused and sold into criminal hubs such as Kolkata’s red-light district of Sonagachi, and highlights the challenges state and NGO actors face in tackling an issue mired by nationwide crises of corruption, development, gender inequality and rising sectarianism.
About the Grant:
The Visura Photojournalism Grant empowers photojournalists by supporting their work, mission, and career. Visura awards one winner with a $5000 cash prize. The winner was announced last night at the 2016 Lucie Awards in New York City.
The Grant has a three-tiered mission:
1. Recognize and support professional photojournalists worldwide
2. Support an ongoing or a new project
3. Get the work of photojournalists in front of key industry editors and buyers worldwide.
Born 1990 in Mumbai, Souvid Datta lives between Mumbai and London. He developed an interest in the fields of multimedia journalism, social justice and conflict studies. While completing his University studies in International Law and War Studies, he began professionally pursuing multimedia journalism and has since completed commissioned and personal projects across the Europe, N.Africa, Central America, Afghanistan, S.Asia, China working for clients including TIME, The Guardian, The New York Times and Vice. In his eyes, visual storytelling is a powerful tool for self-expression, informing public debate and documenting history.
Souvid has won several recognitions including the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography, a grant from The Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, Magnum Photos / IdeasTap International Photography Award, and the CPOY Silver Award.
His multimedia work has appeared in The Guardian, BBC, The New York Times and TIME.
His work has been exhibited internationally including at Photoville, New York, FORMAT Festival, UK, Somerset House, London, and The Houses of Parliament, London.
Visura recognizes 12 additional photojournalists worldwide, who earned top honors and honorable mentions for their work and vision.
Synopsis: Documents the migration flow in Greece—from the Aegean islands on the transit route to Hungary and Austria. Apart from the long and dangerous crossing, Nikos focuses on the refugees that are trapped in Greece. By doing so, he seeks to emphasize on the fact that Europe does not comply with the agreements, according to the human rights under crisis situations. His work reveals how people are facing violence and are being mistreated by the police, in the camps, in the hot spots and in the countries that should provide them with asylum. This work on the immigration crisis lies in the fact that members of his own family have immigrated from Greece to Australia, America, and Western Europe in the past.
Project: The Silent War
Synopsis: Documents a group of fighters with headquarter in an abandoned little building in Spartak, a village in Yasynuvata Raion in Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine. The mission of the fighters was to spot the enemies’ location and inform their fellow soldiers. The photojournalist documented their daily routine and their lives side by side with that of the civilians living next to their building. His main interest is to "undress" the soldiers to highlight the men hiding beneath the uniform, and in doing so, reveal the human aspect of their actions.
Project: Everybody Needs a Good Neighbor
Synopsis: Documents the lives of child soldiers in Colombia. He explores the challenges these ex-combatants face to transition into civilian life in a society that is prejudiced against them and a country that must reconcile its past.
Project: The House of Bangy Cunts
Synopsis: An ongoing project that documents the underground NYC Kiki Ballroom scene, a self-organized community of LGBTQ youth of color that provides a support system and an alternative to high-risk behaviors. The long-term project explores a complex community that shows immense creativity, strength and resilience in the face of violence, racism and homophobia.
Project: Europe's New Borders
Synopsis: Using a custom made drone, Rasmus documents the “new” European borders. The work offers a sense of scale on the dehumanized border crisis unfolding in Europe throughout the last two years. It covers most of the borders of the European Union, the transformation of these, and the consequences, big and small, concrete and abstract, for the refugees and migrants.
Project: Toy Soldiers
Synopsis: A photography project that uses still imagery to look at intergenerational war for adolescents in Russia, revolving around non-governmental organizations such as military-patriotic clubs, military sports associations, and patriotic clubs under the Russian Orthodox Church.
Project: What Makes a War
Synopsis: On December 2015, the Turkish state launched an operation with tanks, armored cars and 10 thousand military in towns across mainly Kurdish region. Its reason was to lift barricades and fill ditches created by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) with the motivation of autonomy across Kurdish region. The operation is still continuing, and more than 7000 people have lost their lives according to Turkish Army. This work documents the impact of war.
Project: Second Wave
Synopsis: From the long-term body of work Second Wave (2006–16) which documents what it feels like to be a kid in the Rakai District of Uganda, the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic.
Project: Homeland Delirium
Synopsis: In an attempt to depict the emotional threads of a country in flux, Homeland Delirium is an impressionistic documentation of the changing reality in contemporary Turkey vis-à-vis juxtaposition of historic moments with scenes of everyday life.
Project: Burundi On The Brink
Synopsis: Documents the Republic of Burundi, a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Since February 2016, Alberto has been covering the crisis that the country was and still is facing. After a 12-year, ethnic-based civil war, Burundi was about to reach a certain stability, though some problems still remained. When President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term in 2015, it destabilized the fragile balance that the country had managed to reach after the end of the war. Burundi is one of the world's poorest nations.
Project: Landscapes of Migration
Synopsis: Documents the lives of the more of 60,000 refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, after the closure of the borders by Balkan countries in March prevented them from continuing northward.
Visura awards one winner with a $5000 cash prize. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Lucie Awards in New York City on Sunday, October 23, 2016.