Our Impact

Our Impact

Supporting visual storytelling that makes a difference.

We support and encourage visual storytellers of diverse backgrounds in bringing attention to critical issues, bridging cultural gaps, and sparking social change. Our impact includes:

  • Giving $6,000 in awards during the past two years to support the critical work of visual storytellers on the front lines of some of the world’s most pressing issues.
  • Bringing dozens of the world’s best photographers to DC to present their  work on topics ranging from the plight of the Rohingya refugees to the exploitation of migrant workers.
  • Organizing workshops that help professional and amateur photographers build their technical, artistic and ethical storytelling skills.
Central American migrants, mostly coming from Honduras, cross the US-Mexico border wall to seek asylum from American authorities. Tijuana, Mexico, December 12, 2018 © Fabio Bucciarelli

Shining a spotlight on the migrant crisis

Italian photojournalist Fabio Bucciarelli won first place in the 2019 Focus on the Story Awards for his coverage of Central American migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. He received $1,000 to support his work. [See his winning work]

We continued this important conversation at Focus on the Story 2019, partnering with the Women Photojournalists of Washington to convene a panel of leading photojournalists to present their work on the border. The panel included, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy, Washington Post photojournalist Carolyn Van Houten, who had recently won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her migrant coverage, Michelle Frankfurter, a freelance documentary photographer, and Leah Millis, a senior photographer with Thomson Reuters. Molly Roberts, a senior editor at National Geographic, moderated.

A panel sponsored by the Women Photojournalists of Washington highlighted the humanity of the Central American migrant caravans © Thomas Petzwinkler
Lucian Perkins at the screening of his film, The Messengers © Thomas Petzwinkler

Celebrating Heroes

We honored the director of Joseph’s House, a hospice for the homeless, with a free screening of Lucian Perkins’ documentary The Messengers, which follows the stories  that take place inside the Washington, D.C. home for men and women with late stage AIDS/HIV and cancer. The screening, which was attended by 150 people, took place on long-time director Patricia Wudel’s last day before retirement.

Family of Junmar Abletes mourn his death in an extrajudicial killing by masked assassins. © James Whitlow Delano

Bearing Witness

We sponsored a talk with documentary photographer James Whitlow Delano who presented his coverage of the extra-judicial killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs. Delano is documenting the aftermath of these killings in his project, “Fruits of Impunity: Collateral Damage in President Duterte’s War on Drugs.” A selection of photos from the project, which was funded by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, were part of Delano’s co-winning entry in the 2018 Focus on the Story Awards.