Photography and Human Rights

The Photography and Human Rights Fellowship provides regional photojournalists and activists with scholarships and intensive training in the ethical use of photography in the advancement of human rights. 


The Photography and Human Rights Fellowship provides a transformative opportunity for emerging photographers to tell stories within their communities. Over a six-week period in New York City, fellows create a photographic essay focusing on an issue local to the city. Exploring traditional and multimedia presentations, Fellows look critically at photography's strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for impact.

Fellows return to their home countries equipped with new tools, skills, and narrative frameworks to tell the stories that often go unseen and to share their learnings with their communities and a broader network of colleagues and activists.

We will not be accepting applications for the Summer of 2016. This year we are working with the current network of fellows on collaborative projects. Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will open in the Fall of 2016.

From the front lines of Ukraine to the streets of Kenya, Magnum Foundation’s Human Rights fellows lend us insider perspectives on issues that have true global relevance. They show us that when trained, independent, intelligent photographers cover issues that matter, photographs can serve as testimony to inform the public and shape policies. We have supported 28 fellows from 19 different countries, for whom “out in the field” means being at home.

Since the inception of the program six years ago, we have been fostering a global network of support for our fellows as well as instilling values of ethical practice. These 28 fellows continue to bring the human rights violations in their backyards to public attention through in-depth documentary photography.


Abbas Hajimohammadi, 30, Iran
Loubna Mrie, 22, Syria
Mohammed Elshamy, 19, Egypt
Pedro Silveira, 29, Brazil
Sumeja Tulic, 28, Bosnia
Yuyang Liu, 22, China

Anastasia Vlasova, 22, Ukraine
Basel Alyazouri, 19, Palestine
Chery Dieu Nalio, 33, Haiti
Muyi Xiao, 23, China
Nour Kelze, 27, Syria
Sipho Mpongo, 22, South Africa
Xyza Cruz Bacani, 27, Philippines

Poulomi Basu, 29, India
Arthur Bondar, 28, Ukraine
Liu Jie, 30, China
Pooyan Tabatabaei, 28, Iran

Eman Helal, 27, Egypt
Lijie Zhang, 31, China
Pattabi Raman, 37, India
Ramin Mazur, 25, Moldova
Santiago Arcos, 21, Ecuador

Karen Mirzoyan, 27, Armenia
Sim Chi Yin, 32, Singapore

Taslima Akhter, 37, Bangladesh
Nazik Armenakyan, 34, Armenia
Boniface Mwangi, 27, Kenya
Manca Juvan Hessabi, 30, Slovenia