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Photography and Social Justice

Photo by Josué Rivas

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Photography and Social Justice Fellowship, a program that offers specialized training, mentorship, and space for experimentation with new approaches to socially engaged documentary practice.


Nariman El-Mofty, Egypt
Esther Mbabazi, Uganda
Zhou Na, China

Josué Rivas, USA
Tako Robakidze, Georgia
Soumya Sankar Bose, India

Lindokuhle Sobekwa, South Africa
Yu Yu Myint Than, Burma
Elias Williams, USA

The fellowship covers the cost of travel, tuition, and room and board for two laboratories at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and offers a production stipend for fellows to work on a long-term project in their home country with mentorship from Eric Gottesman, Danielle Jackson, and Amy Pereira. Over the course of nine months, each Fellow will work on a long-term project in their home country, while receiving ongoing project development feedback and production support. Just as important as the coursework they complete is the network of mutual support and shared learning the participants offer one another. This year’s fellows will join a community of our 28 former fellows from nineteen different countries. For the first time, the program will include two US-based fellows among the international group of participating photographers.


Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program supports and trains early career and emerging photographers, artists, journalists, scholars, and activists who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. The Photography and Social Justice Program builds capacity and community among a diverse, international network of Fellows who have not had access to mentorship or training in photography but can demonstrate a commitment to activism and social justice. 

Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected by Magnum Foundation through a competitive online application process. The Photography and Social Justice Fellowship has two laboratories, one in the summer and one the following winter, held at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City that include technical trainings, lectures, and discussions exploring photography as a medium for social engagement. 

Magnum Foundation gave me the opportunity to study abroad and changed my life. They gave me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of why we are doing visual storytelling.
— Muyi Xiao, China
I could never ever dream of a better visual education in Ukraine or some place else. The knowledge I gained and the friends I made through the foundation are my inspiration for life. It became a game changer for me and can become the game changer for somebody else around the globe.
— Anastasia Vlasova, Ukraine
The foundation has been supporting me and my fellows through every step of our careers and what I have learned through them has guided me through so many aspects of my life.
— Santiago Arcos, Ecuador

Grantees by Year


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



Abbas Hajimohammadi,  Iran
Loubna Mrie, Syria
Mohammed Elshamy, Egypt
Pedro Silveira, Brazil
Sumeja Tulic, Bosnia
Yuyang Liu, China



Eman Helal, Egypt
Lijie Zhang, China
Pattabi Raman, India
Ramin Mazur, Moldova
Santiago Arcos, Ecuador



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



Taslima Akhter, Bangladesh
Nazik Armenakyan, Armenia
Boniface Mwangi, Kenya
Manca Juvan Hessabi, Slovenia



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