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Shay Dashevsky
Shay Dashevsky

Down and Out in Tel-Aviv
Although Tel Aviv is getting richer, the homeless population has doubled since 2007. Abused by authority and surrounded by drugs, crime, and prostitution, the homeless are left with little choice but begging for money while living and dying in the streets.


Amri Ginang
Amri Ginang

The Disappearing Culture
The Mah Meri, an indigenous tribe of skillful wood carvers, village will be gone within five years if nearby state developments don't stop.

Manuel Meszarovits
Manuel Meszarovits

Fight Against Poverty with a Multifunction Platform
Thanks to the implementation of multifunctional platforms (MFP), the economic development of Africa's poorest regions is now possible.
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SPOTLIGHT/ January 15, 2011

The Tavern League
Photographs by Carl Corey

Carl Corey

Photo by Carl Corey. Linda - The Modern - Merrill, Wisconsin.

The Tavern League portrays a unique and important segment of the Wisconsin community. Throughout history the local tavern, or pub, has served as a communal gathering place, offering conversation and interaction between neighbors and friends. Bars are also unique micro communities offering a sense of belonging to their patrons. Many of these bars are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns offer the individual the valuable opportunity for face-to-face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of the Internet's social networking, mobile texting, facebook, Linked-in, gaming and the rapid fire of email.

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Never awake. In the city that never sleeps.
Photographs of Tel Aviv by Emese Benko
Emese Benko

Photo by Emese Benko. Ira, 23.

Prostitution and drug addiction are linked in Israel. Most of the prostitutes (estimates vary between 60 percent and 90 percent) are also drug addicts, mainly addicted to heroine, which is the most common drug in Israel. Some women become prostitutes only to finance their addiction. It is estimated that 70 percent of the female prostitutes in Tel Aviv come from the former Soviet countries and about 1,000 women are brought into Israel illegally each year. Prostitution in Israel has been dominated by Russians since the mass immigration from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s.

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The Forgotten Exodus
Bhutanese refugees in Nepal
Photographs by Khaled Hasan
Khaled Hasan

Photo by Khaled Hasan. Dreams will have to wait.

About 105,000 stateless Bhutanese refugees have been housed in seven camps in the southern Tarai region of Nepal since the early 1990s. About 40 percent are children. In alien land, they are not allowed to step outside the UNHCR-monitored camps. They remain huddled in huts, holding onto crumpled photocopies of their Bhutanese citizenship papers, refugee identity cards and hopelessness. Locked in this statelessness they are dependent on international aid. Men venture out to work illegally in nearby farmlands; many girls walk the streets at night. Few work as teachers at the schools inside the camps.

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Illegal Immigrants Crossing Greece-Turkey Border
Photographs by Milos Bicanski
Milos Bicanski

Photo by Milos Bicanski. A child peers from behind a fence at a detention center for migrants in Filakio in northeastern Greece.

Around 90 percent of the illegal immigrants in the EU arrive via Greece, where an estimated 350,000 people live illegally. The journey to Orestiada, a border town in Greece, is not without danger. At least 44 migrants have drowned this year. Some 31,400 people crossed the Evros River border in the first nine months of 2010.

Greece's northeastern border has become a major crossing point for economic migrants and refugees trying to enter the EU now that sea routes to Italy and Malta have been closed. The 128-mile border with Turkey is the most common entry point for illegal immigrants to the EU from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Somalia.

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A Slice of America in 14 Days

A 5-Year Revelation Abroad

Photographs by Eric Kruszewski
Eric Kruszewski

Photo by Eric Kruszewski. Highway US-2, Nebraska.

  From 2005 to 2010, I lived in and wandered throughout 26 countries on four continents. During those five years abroad, it was revealed to me that locals too often developed views on American culture based on satellite television, bootleg movies and the latest music videos.

In July 2010, I ceased living abroad, returned to America and embarked on a 14-day journey across the country. My goal was to visit regions and smaller sub-cultures that could supplement the views of American culture as a whole. I captured moments revealed to me along a slice of America spanning from east to west.

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Magnum Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunity
Deadline: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Magnum Foundation, an Open Society grantee, offers scholarships for the 2011 NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

Call for Proposals: 2011 Audience Engagement Grant (formerly called the Distribution Grant)
Letter of intent (optional) Friday, March 11, 2011, 5pm EST
Online application Friday, May 13, 2011, 5pm EST
The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites proposals for the Audience Engagement Grant, for photography-based projects that use existing bodies of work to actively engage audiences on human rights and social justice issues. We are looking for alternative models for presenting and disseminating documentary photography to the public. Projects must include a partnership between individuals and organizations that combines expertise in documentary photography with experience working on the topic or community the project addresses. 5-8 grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded.

Call for Work: Moving Walls 19

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011, 5pm EST
The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites photographers to submit a proposal and completed body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 19 group exhibition (opens December 2011). Moving Walls is an exhibition series that features in-depth and nuanced explorations of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to the Open Society Foundations' mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at the Foundations' offices in New York and Washington, D.C. and includes 7 discrete bodies of work.

FotoEvidence Press Announces the First Annual FotoEvidence Book Award
FotoEvidence Press announced the creation of the FotoEvidence Book Award. The award will be granted to a documentary photographer whose work contributes to exposing social injustice or a violation of human rights. FotoEvidence Press will publish a book of the selected photographer's project and mount an exhibit for the work in New York. The deadline for the submissions for the Book Award is February 15, 2011. Submissions can be made at: www.fotoevidence.com

Tent Life: Haiti
In beautiful portraits of dignity and joy, photographer Wyatt Gallery shows us the reality of Haitians living nearly a year after the worst natural disaster in modern history, the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake.

An exhibition of Wyatt Gallery's photography will display at the Umbrage Gallery from January 6 through March 31, 2011.

Spotlight editor: Glenn Ruga

Associate editor: Jenny Fremlin

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