Vol 146
Dear SDN Readers:

This is the second installment of our February Spotlight to catch up on all the terrific work submitted in January.

The jurors are just finishing their selections for the the Call for Entries and we will be announcing the winners by February 25 (two days later than our original date.) Stay tuned! Click here to view all the entries.

I also want to thank members who responded to our recent survey about their experiences with SDN and the website. Your feedback is very valuable! The general consensus is that we are a valuable resource to the documentary community, we just need to do more of what we are doing and do it better. We will take this input seriously as we continue to improve on what SDN offers. While there were many comments both critical and congratulatory, this was among our favorites, "SDN is one of the most important platforms for documentary photography today."

Glenn Ruga
SDN Founder and Director

PS. SDN congratulates Glenna Gordon for winning a World Press Photo Award for her work on Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls, featured below.

February 2015 Spotlight, Volume 2

Liz Hingley
by Liz Hingley/United Kingdom

For 3.9 million children across the UK, severe poverty is a fact of life. I began working with the Jones family -- two parents and seven children -- in order to mutually create a body of work, which speaks about the experience of deprivation within the context of a wealthy country...

Ricardo Teles
by Ricardo Teles/Brazil

The Kamayurį village is located in the center of Brazil, in the Xingu National Park, the world's largest indigenous reserve. Once a year, the villagers get ready for the great ritual of "Kuarup", the feast dedicated to the memory of the dead. All neighboring tribes are welcome...

Stefan Jora
by Stefan Jora/United States

From 2009 till 2014, San Francisco-based photographer Stefan Jora photographed the lives of dozens of LGBTQ parents raising children throughout the US, with the goal of producing a novel-like photobook that would function as both an outlet and a visual record; the latest draft of this "book for ...

Liza Van der Stock
by Liza Van der Stock/Tanzania

For many years, I've been interested in studying gender issues, disadvantaged groups and social taboos at the intersection of sociology and photography. When I had to pick a subject for my Sociology Master thesis research, it was a natural choice for me to focus on the troublesome...

Glenna Gordon
Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls:
WPPA winner

by Glenna Gordon/Nigeria

In April 2014, nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a remote village in Northern Nigeria by the Islamic jihadi group Boko Haram. Despite global outrage, little has been done by the Nigerian government to bring them back. These images are of their school uniforms, books and other objects ...

by Ian Flanders/Cambodia

After three long years of helping to build a bridge to freedom for a group of enslaved prostitutes in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, the last thing Ian expected was the confronting realization that opportunity was not enough. The arduous and precarious task of building trust and developing ...

by Paolo Marchetti/Italy, Germany, Finland, Hungary

The times in which we are moving towards are the ideal breeding ground for fear and the new policies imposed by dictatorial banking systems feed the fire of anger. In the era of globalization, tens of thousands of people all over Europe...  

by Azad Amin/Iran

This is the story of a 40 year old woman named Maryam who has suffered a severe lung disease her whole life. Maryam has been waiting for a lung transplant for a long time until a man's family who suffered brain damage in an accident decided to donate his body parts (including his lungs) ...

by Joan Sullivan/Canada

Relentless media coverage on both sides of the US-Canadian border about tar sands development and the Keystone XL showdown has overlooked an important success story: over the last five years, Canada's clean energy sector has grown so quickly and become such an important part ...

by Wilfredo Riera/Venezuela

In Venezuela people have embraced baseball since 1895. Poor and rural areas have been the second country most represented in Major League Baseball. Future Star is an essay that tells the story of a young baseball player looking for a contract with a...

by David Thatcher/United States

Since 2008, almost 80,000 Bhutanese have been resettled across the US from refugee camps in Nepal. They had been languishing there for almost two decades following an ethnic cleansing policy instituted by Bhutan's ruling Buddhist elite, which forced the Nepali speaking Hindu population to flee...

by Alfredo Bini/Ethiopia

This project investigates the entire process of land grab triangulation in order to bring awareness to questionable land use practices. Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates were chosen as an example. Low-cost land for agricultural production has always been in high demand...

by Bente Stachowske/United States

Sausalito is a San Francisco Bay Area city where some of the richest and some of the poorest people of American society live. Luxury villas line the coast, about 120 boats lie at anchor in the bay. Most of them serve for housing purposes. Their owners are known as "anchor-outs"...

by Salym Fayad/Democratic Republic of Congo

For the youth of Goma, the capital of North Kivu in Eastern DR Congo, dance has become a form of resistance against violence and a tool for peace-building. For over two decades, Eastern Congo has been immersed in the world's deadliest conflict. More than thirty armed groups operate...

by Yvonne De Rosa/Romania

Although it may be said that poverty also means depriving someone of the chance to develop his or her own identity, during my working experience I did not see this in actuality. Despite which country we come from -- we are all connected by a shared bond as one human race -- and should concern...

by Ric Francis/Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina

Unexpected Faces seeks to promote greater visibility on the existence and marginalized status of Afro-Latinos in the Andean region. From colorfully dressed Afro-Bolivian women in bowler hats working in coca fields to Afro-Peruvians hired to carry caskets at the funerals of the wealth...

by Erberto Zani/Democratic Republic of Congo

In Rubaya, Democratic Republic of Congo, miners dig for rare minerals before transporting them to a nearby river where they are separated from rocks and sand. Soldiers patrol the area with violence.  

by Wendy Johnson/Guatemala

At least 250,000 people were killed, 600 villages destroyed, and 1.5 million displaced during Guatemala's civil war. The violence peaked with the US-supported "Operation Sophia" in the 1980s. The scorched earth policy included tactics like torture, mass executions and sexual violence...

by Anna Dalmąs/Spain

The irreversible, the humanly irreversible, was clear at three months And one had to be from another galaxy to not have cursed those infinite hours in which the little one wouldn't sleep, wouldn't drink, wouldn't walk, wouldn't talk, wouldn't love... 

by Madeline Cottingham/United States

Play Grounds depicts Montrose, Pennsylvania, a rural community on the front lines of the natural gas revolution, and the local residents who have been transformed by the industry. Hydraulic fracturing, the process for extracting natural gas, injects large amounts of water, chemicals, and sand over ...

by Adrian Moser/Belgium

Even a hundred years after the beginning of World War I, farmers living on the former battlefields near Ypres in Belgium, dig up duds on a daily basis while ploughing their fields. The Belgian Army recommends to immediately cordon off any finding site and to refrain from touching the often extremely...

by Carolina Sandretto/Cuba

Cuba lived under the American embargo for 64 years. The recent opening of the Obama Administration is still far from affecting the real life of the people of Cuba. The living conditions due to the embargo where extremely difficult for the population. The regime provided for education and food but no...

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Lori Grinker
Steve Horn
Ed Kashi
Jeffrey D. Smith
Stephen Walker
Frank Ward
Jamie Wellford

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Communications Director

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Special Issue Editor  

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