Previous Year Finalists

  • Dammed Lives

    Tommaso Protti

  • Childhood in Romania

    Sven Zellner

  • The Human Cost of Agrochemicals

    Pablo Ernesto Piovano

  • Roof

    Mario Cruz

  • The Uncanny

    Léonard Pongo

  • No Dignity Without Identity

    Laetitia Vancon

  • Death Metal

    Kai Löffelbein

  • Kopankas

    Giorgio Bianchi

  • On the Brink of an Abyss

    Fabio Bucciarelli

  • Puppet Show

    Anik Rahman

  • The Bats

    Aleksandra Kulak

  • Shrinking Shores

    Adolphus Opara

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

Past Finalists

2015 Photography Grant Finalists

2015 Photography Grant Finalists

Giorgio Bianchi
Italy
Kopankas – Uncovering the relationship between Ukrainian separatist militias and oligarchs operating thousands of small illegal coal mines. Supporting the fragile economy, these mines run with no health or safety standards.
Fabio Bucciarelli
Italy
On the Brink of an Abyss – Documenting a deeper view of the ethnic strife and conflict in South Sudan and the tragic consequences of decades of hidden war and the repercussions on its population.
Mario Cruz
Portugal
Roof – Lisbon homeless living in partially unoccupied and abandoned buildings. Documenting the fragility of these places and their dramatic alignment with the lives they embrace exposes the reality of their existence.
Aleksandra Kulak
Russia
The Bats – Following Mennonite colonies in Mexico and beyond, the impact of the reclusiveness, austerity and detached way of life on the lives of the children will be explored.
Kai Loffelbein
Germany
Death Metal – Exploring the supply of raw materials for consumer electronics that ultimately become toxic e-waste, the mining of these natural resources is a dangerous setting for the working men with perilous impact on the environment.
Adolphus Opara
Nigeria
Shrinking Shorelines – Devastation of the once pristine Lagos, Nigeria oceanfront and the adverse effect on life after a loaded oil vessel belonging to an indigenous oil company washes ashore and is subsequently abandoned.
Pablo Piovano
Argentina
The Human Cost of Agrochemicals – Fueled by widespread use of transgenic seeds in Argentinian, evidencing the devastating impact of agro-toxin spraying on the farmlands and people.
Leonard Pongo
Belgium
The Uncanny – Depicting the D.R. of Congo beyond its long running conflicts, a photographer documents his own country from an intimate daily life view of its people, their struggles and the impact of the conflict on the younger generations.
Tommaso Protti
Italy
Dammed Lives – Uncovering the social and environmental impact of large dams being built along the tributaries of the Brazilian Amazon where thousands of poor and marginalized people will be forced from their homeland and traditions.
Anik Rahman
Bangladesh
Puppet Show – Contesting election results in Bangladesh, conflict between ruling and opposition parties is witnessed in chronic violent political demonstrations by opposition allies and endangers the common people.
Laetitia Vancon
France/Germany
No Dignity Without Identity – Covering daily struggles of small stateless communities that have fled ethnic and religious conflict as they travel aimlessly across Africa. Surviving without national recognition, they seek identity and dignity.
Sven Zellner
Germany
Childhood in Romania – Highlighting the plight of the poor in Romania, a family of seven ekes out an isolated existence surviving without electricity and clean water. Return visits document the struggle of the child as they grow up.
2015 Film Grant Finalists

2015 Film Grant Finalists

Jayesh Akhargekar
India
Going Home - Evicted from their home, an Indian mother pays 500 rupees a month to live and survive by a Kolkata railroad track where she cares for her 6 year old son and works to pay his school tuition.
Laurence Bonvins
Switzerland
Sounds of Blikkiesdorp - Life, resourcefulness and spirit in harsh temporary housing built to relocate the unwanted to the outskirts of Cape Town prior to the World Cup. Here music binds the structures, alleys and people.
Ed Kashi
USA
Under Cane - Exposing social injustice in the sugarcane communities of Nicaragua, Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes has killed over 20,000 Central American men in the past 10 years.
David Klammer
Germany
Existence - The hard work and hard lives of a rickshaw puller, a ropedancer family and a garbage collector are portrayed in the hustle and vibrancy of Kolkata, eastern India’s megacity.
Jayisha Patel
UK
A Paradise - Exploring one family’s trauma and in turn an entire community’s search for reason and affirmation after the loss of their children from a child suicide phenomenon in a remote Cuban town.
Nikon Romanchenko
Ukraine
Faces - Individual portraits of some masked and faceless protesters in central Kiev fighting for dignity against the Ukrainian dictatorship in late 2013 and early 2014.
Arjun Talwar
India/USA
Where I Can't Be Found - A day in the life of an ascetic as he wanders leisurely through an idyllic valley in southern India where this popular philosopher and sometime teacher accepts events as gifts of fate.
Almudena Toral
USA/Spain
Survivors Ink - Branded with tattoos by her pimp, an Ohio woman starts a grassroots project to help formerly trafficked women like herself to cover up their marks with their own symbols of hope and recovery.
Maryam Gabaeva Vahaevna
Russia
Pod Pokrovom - A film makers’ personal recollection of the tragedies endured by her, her family and the Chechen people during the war in 1995 when she was 15 years old.
2014 Photography Grant Finalists

2014 Photography Grant Finalists

G.M.B. Akash
Narayangonj, Bangladesh
Angels in Hell: Young children forced into unimaginable working conditions in Bangladesh from a very early age.
K.M. Asad
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Garment Workers in Bangladesh: Garment factories are unable to provide life security of their workers.
MBhuiyan
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Footsoldiers: Many of the poor in Bangladesh villages migrate to Dhaka to work as labourers.
Nadia Shira Cohen
Rome, Italy
A Rose in Madagascar: Deforestation, slash and burn farming and mining are destroying the bio-diversity of Madagascar, and along with it, the rare and unique plant-life that has for years provided important medical cures.
Mohamed Ali Eddin
Cairo, Egypt
Quarry Life: In upper Egypt, especially in Minya governorate, 20 thousand quarry workers go everyday to the quarries to earn their bread.
Olga Kravets
Paris, France
What it is Like to be Visible: Exploring the consequences of the anti-gay propaganda law for young people in Russia.
Camille Lepage
In her own words: Camille is 26, born in Angers, France. She started photography after graduating from a degree in Journalism in England in June 2012. Auto dictate, she moved to South Sudan in July 2012 to explore her new passion and the newest country on the planet. She covers the conflict in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, and the evolution of the crisis in the Central African Republic.
Paolo Marchetti
Rome, Italy
Haiti, Sons of a Tyranny: For nearly 30 years, Washington supported and sustained one of the bloodiest dictatorships in the western hemisphere, that of François Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude in Haiti.
Myriam Meloni
Italy
In the Republic of Moldova, the poorest country in Eastern Europe, over 100,000 children are growing up without their parents. They are social orphans whose fathers and mothers have to emigrate in search of a job that will enable them to survive.
Tommaso Rada
Braga, Portugal
Mozambico: Environmental issues and the consequences of the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources in Mozambique.
Andrea Star Reese
New York, USA
Disorder: An ongoing project addressing mental illness in Indonesia.
Majid Saeedi
Tehran, Iran
Afghanistan: The people of Afghanistan, their lives affected by decades of war.
Andri Tambunan
Jakarta, Indonesia
The Price of Tin: The small islands of Bangka and Belitung east of Sumatra in Indonesia.
2014 Film Grant Finalists

2014 Film Grant Finalists

Nils Clauss
Germany
CHOA - A female hockey player from South Korea describes what it takes to compete with the guys. (with Adam Hobbs)
Emily Harrold
USA
Reporting on The Times -  Explores how and why during World War 2 The New York Times buried reports on The Holocaust.
Elena Hermosa
Ireland
20 Years of Silence - Courageous Ixil people in Guatemala speak during the trial of General Jose Efrain Rios Montt on genocide and crimes against humanity.
Adam Hobbs
USA
CHOA - A female hockey player from South Korea describes what it takes to compete with the guys. (with Nils Clauss)
Gabrielle Menezes
Portugal / UK
A Cure for Homesickness - Explores the meaning of home for people, through growing up in Zimbabwe, and how home relates to identity, childhood and memory.
Alfonso Moral
Spain
A City Without Dreams - Following refugees traveling between Beirut, Lebanon and Aleppo, Syria, dreams of an entire Syrian generation are lost in these two cities.
Jason OHara
Canada
Rhythms of Resistance - Artists resist against police brutality and social exclusion through their music and performance art, challenging “Pacification” in Rio de Janeiro.
Lara Placido
Portugal
CASALATA - Focuses on the shortage of housing and strategies for improving housing in the tin house neighbourhoods of Cape Verde.
Leonard Pongo
Belgium
The Necessary Evil - Questioning faith, politics, exploitation and religion in the context of independent protestant churches in Congo DR.
Lyia Terki
France
Maria, Callas - Based on interviews,an imaginary confession of singer Maria Callas, with comments from Italian directors Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Aman Wadhan
India
Prabhat Nagari - Reunion of the last living workers of Prabhat Studio becomes a reflection on celluloid dreams, fathers and sons, and the cyclical universe.
2013 Photography Grant Finalists

2013 Photography Grant Finalists

Valerio Bispuri
Italy
The International Trafficking of Organ Trade in Central & South America.
Mary Calvert
United States
Dangers of Bush Meat Consumption in Cameroon.
Stephen Dock
France
Lost Childhood: Children Soldiers of the Central African Republic.
Thomas Vanden Driessche
Belgium
Jharia,The Burning City: Human Impact of Coal Mining in India.
Rafael Fabres
Spain
Pacification: Impact of pre-Olympic police units in shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Samuel James
United States
The Water of My Land: Sacrifice in the face of the modern oil industry on the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
Birte Kaufmann
Germany
The Travellers: Following the largest minority group in Ireland.
Pierpaolo Mittica
Italy
Fukushima: No-Go Zone. Post-nuclear accident social, environmental and health costs in Japan.
Poland
Dead Cities: Survival, sickness and rebuilding in northwestern Syria.
Vivek Singh
India
Ethnic Unrest, Western Assam - The Aftermath: Ethnic violence in the autonomous regions of India.
Andri Tambunan
Indonesia
ODHA: Living and Dying with HIV/AIDS in Papua, Indonesia.
Patrice Terraz
France
Hong Kong Dockworkers: Exploitation of maritime transport workers.
2013 Film Grant Finalists

2013 Film Grant Finalists

Kannan Arunasalam
Sri Lanka
The Story of One - Missing priest and boy during time of violence in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
Barbara Beltramello
Italy
Mother of Hope - Honduran mother of 14 children in the search for one son who disappeared trying to migrate to the U.S.
Christen Brandt
United States
Magho (Daughter) - “Untouchable” Indian teen who comes from a family of quarry workers, none of whom completed schooling past the eighth grade.
Nils Clauss
Germany
Urban Island - Hardships of a homeless man in his forties who takes no assistance on the streets and in a small homeless community in Seoul, Korea.
David Fedele
Australia
E-Wasteland - Unregulated recycling of electronic waste from the developed world arriving in Ghana and then illegally exported as second hand goods.
Sadia Halima
United States
Laal Pari: Not a Fairy Tale - Elected woman leader proving herself in the face of a patriarchal bureaucracy and pervasive gender violence in an Indian village.
Kate Lord
United States
Magho (Daughter) - “Untouchable” Indian teen who comes from a family of quarry workers, none of whom completed schooling past the eighth grade.
Bob Miller
United States
Strong Enough To Fight - Promoting peace among Kenyan tribes, one man’s challenges in and out of the boxing ring in this positive grassroots movement.
Paula Onet
Romania
As You Like It - Romanians facing their gravestone pictures while still alive, reflecting on self image as a threshold of the visible world they leave behind.
Ofelia de Pablo
Spain
Guatemala: Victims of Genocide - Gender violence inflicted on indigenous Mayans and the killing of over 200,000 and raping of more than 100,000 women.
Namhui Park
South Korea
Urban Island - Hardships of a homeless man in his forties who takes no assistance on the streets and in a small homeless community in Seoul, South Korea.
Ina Sotirova
Bulgaria
FREEDOM2DANCE - Vibrant community of dancers skirting the current NYC Prohibition era Cabaret Laws to hold on to their cultural and spiritual dance history.
Javier Zurita
Spain
Guatemala: Victims of Genocide - Gender violence inflicted on indigenous Mayans and the killing of over 200,000 and raping of more than 100,000 women.
2012 Photography Grant Finalists

2012 Photography Grant Finalists

Marie Baronnet
France
“Crossing the Line” proposed exploring social and political issues around clandestine crossing at the Mexican - USA border.
France
“Being Touareg” proposed following the nomadic life of the Touareg in northern Mali, their traditions, and socio-economic difficulties.
Ukraine
His proposal was to document patients suffering from gastrointestinal tuberculosis in the former countries of the USSR.
UK
“In the Shadow of the Pyramids” proposed exploring the essence of Egyptian identity in a time when Egypt is searching for itself.
Christophe Gin
France
“The Gateway of the Eldorado” proposed tracking the clandestine immigration from Brazil to French Guiana, the new European Eldorado.
Diego Ibarra
Argentina
“The Curse of Insanity” proposed unveiling the invisible wounds of war and the mental health crisis in Iraq.
Samuel James
United States
“Niger Delta” proposed a portrait of the ongoing struggle for power, land and oil in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, Africa’s most polluted oil-producing region.
Jeremie Jung
France
With Virginie Terrasse, “Tasiilaq: An Adolesence in Kalaallit Nunaat” proposed following two Greenland teenagers, exploring high suicide rates of young Inuit.
Sebastian Liste
Spain
“The Brazilian Far West” proposed documenting the origin of inequality and resulting violence in disputes over land in Brazil.
Mario Macilau
Mozambique
“The Salience of Street” proposed following street children in African countries laboring as plantation domestic servants, hidden behind walls of workshops.
Antonio Pedrosa
Portugal
His proposal was to expose the effects of the economic and social crisis on the Kalé gypsy community in Portugal.
Virginie Terrasse
France
With Jérémie Jung, “Tasiilaq: An Adolesence in Kalaallit Nunaat” proposed following two teenagers in Greenland, exploring the high suicide rate of young Inuit.
2011 Photography Grant Finalists

2011 Photography Grant Finalists

Prasanta Biswas
Prasanta Biswas
Emile Germiquet
Emile Germiquet
Sarika Gulati
Sarika Gulati
Ilkin Huseynov
Ilkin Huseynov
Olga Kravets
Olga Kravets
Sebastian Liste
Sebastian Liste
Alfonso Moral
Alfonso Moral
Mads Nissen
Mads Nissen
Rocco Rorandelli
Rocco Rorandelli
Majid Saeedi
Majid Saeedi