We’re proud to announce the three recipients of the first-ever @womenphotograph x ONA grants, to help elevate the voices of emerging female (and non-binary) visual journalists. Scroll to see samples of their work and read on to learn more about their projects, selected from more than 500 photographers who applied from around the world, and judged by an independent panel from @natgeo @npr @pulitzercenter & @womenphotograph.
Néha Hirve (@nehahirve) whose project, Full Shade / Half Sun, explores an experimental community living in the tropical dry forest of Tamil Nadu, India. Although their core purpose is reforesting the desertified land, they are also an experiment in collective, back-to-nature living. Her work investigates philosophical and existential questions about the ways in which we find meaning in our relationship to the land.
Luján Agusti (@lujanag) whose ongoing project Payasos Danzantes aims to explore Mexican syncretism — the merging of traditional pre-Hispanic culture with that of evangelizing colonial forces — through the community of dancing holy clowns and the elements they create to build their identity.
Gabriella Demczuk (@gdemczuk) whose project will look at the immigration enforcement techniques and the culture of security along the Texas border communities, and how it contrasts the life and policing of sanctuary cities. It will also look at how communities are preparing to oppose Texas Senate Bill 4 through both legal action and changes in perceptions of immigrants, as well as how organizations like Faith in Texas are trying to bridge the economic and racial divide.
These grants are the first from ONA’s new Storytelling Fund, which allocates $10 from every bag sold through onabags.com to support emerging storytellers. Learn more at onabags.com. #inanewlight