for Documentary Photographers and Photojournalists

Image by: Shahidul Alam, 2018 Lucie Honoree for Humanitarian Award

Artists protest against Digital Security Act 7980

‘The cry of the imprisoned’. A protest in support of the journalists, writers, poets, cartoonists and other artists, imprisoned under the draconian Digital Security Act was organised by Baki Billah, Sarwar Tushar and Shaikat Amin. The event featured songs, poetry, drama, illustrations and film at Shahbag Square in Dhaka, the equivalent of Tahrir Square in Bangladesh. A record number of arrests have been made during the COVID-19 period.

Artists (left to right), Sohan Mahmud, Humaira Fehrooz and Khuddho Ganguly perform at the event.

Open Call: The Guardian Project

for Documentary Photographers and Photojournalists


The Lucie Foundation is proud to announce the Guardian Project, an open call supporting Pathshala/South Asian Media institute.

The Lucie Foundation has donated 50% of the profits received to support the ongoing efforts of their educational programs in photography, film and multimedia journalism. Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pathshala /South Asian Media institute targets promising young photographers of the region.

Though an initial quota has been kept for women and people from marginalized communities, in the long run, Pathshala will only cater to the most promising talent regardless of class and gender. The idea is to take young professionals who, with the right guidance and opportunities, can break into the highest echelons of the international photographic industry and tell their stories to the world.

The Pathshala/ South Asian Media Institute was founded by photographer and activist Shahidul Alam, who received The Lucie Humanitarian Award in 2018.

Contemporary News/Current Events

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Joshua Irwandi: The Human Cost of COVID-19


Joshua Irwandi: The Human Cost of COVID-19
Caption: The body of a suspected coronavirus victim, wrapped in yellow infectious waste plastic bags and wrappers, lies on the patient’s deathbed awaiting a body bag in a hospital in Indonesia. The wrapping of the patient, which takes two nurses a full hour to complete through three layers of plastic and nine times of disinfection, is intended to suppress the spread of coronavirus. As mandated by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, the wrapping of the body is a standard procedure for every suspected, comorbid, and positive confirmed COVID-19 deaths. This process continues until today.


Mario Garcia: Harmony and Strife
Caption: While I was at the BLM protest in 2020 I came across a group of men embracing each other while talking about the pain that police brutality has caused in their lives.

Siddharth Govindan: The Demonstrator
Caption: On June 6th 2020, In the midst of COVID-19, 5000 people marched peacefully in solidarity, motivated by the death of George Floyd.
The march was carried out from Alameda to Terreiro do Paço in Lisbon, Portugal.

Constanza Hevia H.: Grief And Mourning During A Pandemic
Caption: Day #4 of shelter in place in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Gail Roberson mourns the loss of her son at a chapel at Duggan’s Funeral Service on Friday, March 20, 2020. When one loses loved ones, family and friends support is essential, but in an attempt to stop the further spread of COVID-19, Duggan’s Funeral Service in San Francisco has had to limit funeral services to less than 10 people, and only three visitors can come inside the funeral home at once to make arrangements and attend a wake.

James Lattanzio: Love is Love
Caption: Activists Shannon Epstein (L) and Bekah Carlson (R) kissing in defiance of Christian evangelicals during protests in Black Lives Matter Plaza on election night in Washington, D.C. November 3, 2020.

Selene Magnolia: Mediterranean – At Europe’s Deadliest Border
Caption: Central Mediterranean Sea, February 2021. People in distress at sea, attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea from Libya on a wooden boat.
The survivors were rescued in a dramatic operation by the crew of the civil rescue ship Sea-Watch 3. 15 people died on the same day in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, and 100 people were pushed back to detention in Libya. In Europe, lack of safe corridors and official rescue structures have killed since 1993 over 40.555 people. The Mediterranean sea is today the deadliest border to Europe. 632 people have died while trying to cross the sea only in 2021.

Eduardo Lopez Moreno: Abandonment and rural death by Covid-19
Caption: A region in West Central part of Mexico, where crime and violence reigns, discovers a new common threat with Covid-19. The inadequate transformation of a rural cottage to respond to the challenges of Covid-19. Desolation and sadness, a contrast of light and shadow, life and mystery, shelves full of empty hopes and desks without notebooks and pens. Life is only provided by rays of light that penetrate through holes created by time and neglect in the wooden ceilings. A gallery of images made of saints and virgins populate some of the walls, invoking protection and shelter.

Nicolo Filippo Rosso: Exodus
Caption: A young man carries a woman who fainted while crossing the Rio Grande River in Del Rio, Texas, in May 2021. For Venezuelan migrants, the journey towards a new chapter of their lives can last years. Those who own a passport first enter Colombia, then fly to Mexico, following the migration routes used by Central American migrants to reach the United States and seek asylum.

Dominick Williams: KC ain’t far from Minneapolis
Caption: Wish I never had to take this picture. Mans got sprayed with mace and tear gassed less than 4 feet from me. I had to remove metadata and screen shot three times just to post it safely enough that he likely won’t be hunted down and murdered or arrested because he chose to speak his mind and exercise his rights as an American. I feel like this image captures so well how I feel and others feel under the thumb of decades, centuries long oppression. I tasted pepper spray and tear gas last night for the first time. I’m sure it won’t be the last.


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Stuart Chape: Tree of life

Stuart Chape: Tree of life
Caption: Aerial view of a coastal creek draining a wetland in Australia. Its dendritic pattern of red-brown tannin waters simulates a huge tree.


Behram Dacosta: California fires
Caption: In the Fall of 2020, California experienced its worst wildfires in recorded history. We can talk about climate change, forest management, the cycles of nature, and many other things. We can also talk of the common tree.

Israel Fuguemann: In front of the apocalypses
Caption: Sitting in front of an apocalyptic scene, a young man takes some rest after working for almost 24 continuous hours. In front of him lays an illegal gold extraction open-pit mine in Madre de Dios, Peru. Mining in the Peruvian Amazon has caused the deforestation of around 100,000 hectares in recent years, causing terrible damage to the ecosystem; but also in the social environment, because these mines lack all social security measures for the thousands of people who work in them, seduced by the new gold rush.

Marcello Galleano: Land of Bears
Caption: The brown bear lives in the scenic Slovenian forests. Lazy and suspicious, it loves solitude and spends its time in the thick woods of larch and fir, where only the power of nature is perceived.

Karoliina Kase: Spotted harrier or smoke hawk caught up in a fence
Caption: This image of a perished bird is from a series about dairy farming.
Besides being one of the major causes for global warming, animal agriculture causes a myriad of issues which all lead to biodiversity loss. More than 80% of all farmland is used for livestock but it produces just 18% of food calories and 37% of protein. Mismanaged land, soil depletion and fencing increase migration and habitat issues for wildlife. Such transformations can eliminate 30-90% of biodiversity, depending on the local ecosystem and intensity of destruction.

Martin Klimek: Murmuration
Caption: At dusk, a murmuration of starlings rises over the Marin County (CA) hills.

Eduardo Lopez Moreno: The Octopus Hunters
Caption: Women and men alike literally walk in the waters of the narrow sea channels of the Indian Ocean in Lamu, Kenya. This is an archipelago with several islands completely surrounded by mangroves. Although they call themselves ‘fishermen’ in fact they look more like ‘hunters’ in search of octopus that hide in small caves of the corals during very low tides. These ‘hunters’ are armed with pointy wooden sticks and water cans or sacks used to store the octopus they catch.
These actions end up causing irreparable damage to the environment by destroying multi-colored and multi-forms of corals.

Isabelle Pateer: Hotel room, Polissya hotel, Pripyat
Caption: In the night of April 26, 1986 Unit-4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, causing a huge disaster. Since that moment an exclusion zone of 30 km around the nuclear power plant has been installed and the area has become uninhabitable for many years. Chernobyl and the city of Prypjat, once a model Soviet city, have become phantom places. ‘Hotel room, Polissya hotel, Pripyat’ shows a former hotel room. It’s breathing an uneasy sense of quiet and beauty.

Robert Rattner: Manatee at Power Plant along the Intracoastal Highway, Florida
Caption: Manatees can’t survive in water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, most seek hot springs or other natural sources of warm water. Many manatees congregate in warm water effluents flowing from power plants rather than natural sources of warm water. But power plants are not reliable sources of warm water. They can break down or be shut for repairs. Some are not operated if there is insufficient call for more electricity. To capture this, I designed a special rig to compensate for light absorption in the murky intracoastal waterway and distortion due to refraction.

Michael Snyder: The Family at the End of the World
Caption: Our world is changing faster than any time since the arrival of humans on this planet. And nowhere is that more evident than in the Arctic, where climate change is causing temperatures to soar. In the last four decades temperatures have risen by nearly 5C and the once-ubiquitous snow is now disappearing. Here, Saga Bernlow stands on her trampoline behind her house on the Arctic island of Svalbard. Longyearbyen, where her family lives, is the world’s fastest warming town. Now, the family’s dog sledding business faces an uncertain future as snowpack melts earlier each year.


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Christian K. Lee: Cancelled Prom

Christian K. Lee: Cancelled Prom
Caption: Jordan Buie, 18, foreground, wears the dress she planned on going to prom with before it was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Killeen, Tx. “I cant keep stressing myself about something I cant control,” Buie said. Also pictured (left to right) is her brother Caleb Buie, 13, father Burnice Buie, 39, and mother Wilzata Buie, 38.
The pinnacle of the school year for many High School Seniors is Prom. In preparation some bought their outfits months in advance waiting to wear it to the highly anticipated event. Due to COVID-19 the rights of passage event was cancelled.

Guglilelmo Antuono: Hidden soul
Caption: A solitary soul begin a journey to find itself and finally show its eyes to the world. I took this photo in the moment when her eyes were hidden. Letting imagine is more powerful on our imagination and it was what I needed.

Davide Bertuccio: Marriage In Time Of Covid-19
Caption: In Italy, between March and April 2020, 17,000 marriages have been canceled. A business of around 40 billion euros per year is at risk, including clothes, furnishings, favors, flowers and various services.From 18 May 2020, the churches have been reopened to the faithful with the obligation to comply with various security measures. In this surreal atmosphere, however, there are those who have decided to get married, sacrificing the opportunity to celebrate and having to completely rearrange their wedding day.

Joe Buergi: Mundary Cattle Herder
Caption: The Mundari, also referred to as Mandari, are a small ethnic group and one of the Nilotic peoples, living north of the capital of Juba, South Sudan. Like other Nilotic tribes, they are very cattle-oriented and treasure their cattle more than anything else and are said to sleep close to their most prized cow. Their cattle serves as food, a form of currency and a mark of status.

Eleanor Church: Born In A Storm
Caption: A self-portrait with my adored newborn twins, born during the coronavirus pandemic. Twin pregnancies are deemed ‘high risk’ in normal circumstances and these were anything but normal. Amidst the pandemic though, my greatest challenge was my mind. The pregnancy was an intense 9-month war with prenatal depression which regularly tried to coax me to suicide. Here we stand triumphant – survivors, victors. Three bodies from one.

Luana Fischer: Esther and her family, evicted
Caption: One of the main long term consequences of the economical crisis that has been hitting Spain since 2008 is the high number of evictions, a drama that is still happening, though it’s silenced by COVID-19.This portrait shows Esther Miriam with her children, after receiving an eviction notification. She lives with the constant uncertainty about her life and her children’s future. According to the UNICEF, the impact of an eviction can be particularly devastating for children, who cannot learn how to feel safe at home or feel any attachment for the space where they growing up.

Dominique Jean-Marie: The Awakening of the Prince
Caption: The Covid year was a challenging one for our teenagers. With the restrictions, they see their best years fly away. Adam is at this waking age where he wants to hang out with his friends. So to stay connected he spends a lot of time on his video games and neglects his homework. Recently we learned that 2020 ended with a staggering statistic: the failure rate of high school students is four times higher than at the same time last year. Following our conversation, I wanted to photograph him so that he realizes how he is caught up in addictive behavior that contributes to his academic failure.

Alex Loucas: Black Girls Surf
Caption: Black Girls Surf, Inc. is a nonprofit surf performance training, coaching and surf therapy camp for girls 7-17. I found BGS via Instagram and immediately connected with it’s ethos due to my childhood growing up surfing in Southern California. I was inspired by the the youth learning about the ocean and natural phenomenon that tie in to the sport. I learned about the ocean at a young age and credit a lot of my personal growth to this education. These lessons about our planet’s largest natural feature are imperative to the prosperity of future generations across all ages, genders, and cultures.

Gavin McIntyre: Black Cowboys
Caption: Tales of cowboys riding through the west is a classic narrative in American pop culture. We know the stories of Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill but not Bass Reeves, a Black cowboy who inspired the Lone Ranger TV show. In Sellers, South Carolina, cowboys from across the Southeast gather for a celebration of horsemanship and Black history at the Black Cowboy “Man or Myth” African-American Cultural Festival. Dobian Farmer (right) and his cousin, Frank Lightesey, traveled from Columbia, South Carolina, to see old friends and participate in rodeo events.

Street Photography

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Sarah Barker: Pandemic Perambulation

Sarah Barker: Pandemic Perambulation
Caption: I live in a third floor apartment about 100 metres from a major teaching hospital. During the Public Health Order Level 3 restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic the only people on the street were staff and visitors going to and from the hospital, and occasionally a patient.

Corneliu Cazacu: Step into another world
Caption: Bukhara is the birthplace of the seven great Sufis of the Nakshbandi order. In the last years shrines have been built around Bukhara, one for each saint and people seem to be attracted to this mystic, mild form of Islam. In the present photo taken at the Bahauddin Naqshbandi Memorial Complex a woman in red seems to pass the threshold between two worlds, darkness complementing light, red complementing green, woman complementing man, all in a glass reflection whose contour reveals the author of the composition.

Christopher Heltai: Varanasi Heat
Caption: On a sweltering day in Varanasi, a young boy finds a little respite from the heat on his father’s motorcycle. Shot with a 1950 Yashica Model A Medium Format film camera.

Jimena Rodriguez: Pandemic procession
Caption: A group of residents of Quillabamba city (Cusco) leave their block to worship the Eucharist from their doors. Covid has moved us in many ways, including social dynamics. In Peru, a country that strongly practices the Catholic faith, worship of Saints and the Eucharist used to always be represented by community rituals in public. However, they are now carried out virtually or from the door of the houses. Until these days, and due to the lack of vaccines, Peru still has some restrictions, especially the prohibition of activities that involve public crowds.

Chin-Fa Tzeng: The most heroic mark under the mask
Caption: Around Mid-May 2021, the British variant of the new crown pneumonia virus has invaded Taiwan, which has caused a large-scale community infection. The Taiwan Chemical Corps dispatched chemical soldiers to disinfect the virus in the streets and alleys. More than 80 places need to be disinfected for up to 3 days. They can’t go home to visit relatives on vacation for 2 consecutive weeks working. The chemical soldiers who took off their masks and devices had deep marks and sweat on their faces. The imprint under the mask represents brave responsibility and love.

Project Photo Series

Series up to 5 images


Valery Melnikov: Paradise Lost

Project Description:

Collapse of the USSR, turned into a series of territorial and ethnic conflicts throughout the former Soviet Empire, especially in the South Caucasus. Ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan declared independence and won during the armed conflict in 1994. Most of the territory came under their control. The Azerbaijani population was forced to leave Nagorno-Karabakh. In the autumn of 2020, the military actions between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and the armed formations of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with the support of Armenia resumed.

Image 1: A local resident Anushavan (62) stands in a pomegranate garden in the yard of his house.He is holding an old Kalashnikov assault rifle, which he has kept from the first Karabakh war.Ukhtasar village , Nagorno-Karabakh.

Image 2: Azat Gevorkyan and his wife Anaik before leaving their home in Lachin, Nagorno-Karabakh.

Image 3: Abovyan Hasmik (69) cries at the door of her house in the village of Nerkin Sus, Nagorno-Karabakh.

Image 4: Murad Mvrgaryan and his son Vahak take things out of their house before leaving the city of Lachin, Nagorno-Karabakh.

Image 5: A local resident of Areg sits outside a burning house in the village of Karegakh, Nagorno-Karabakh. Some residents burned their houses before leaving.


Louise Amelie & Aljaž Fuis: OFF WORLDS

Project Description:

Whether in the California mountains or on the rooftops of NY – in all parts of the United States there is an overwhelming peripheral feeling of isolation, rooted in the vastness of the country, manifesting itself in the absence of society.

“Periphery” here does not necessarily describe a spatial separation from society, but also a systemic or experiential dissociation from the world.

OFF WORLDS potray more than a mere geographic separation from society. The images capture a systemic or percieved isolation which is frequently transformed into a statement of independence, pride, and liberty.

Joseph-Philippe Bevillard: Mincéirs (Irish Travellers)

Project Description:

Since 2009, I have been documenting the Travellers who are an ethnic group in Ireland. Also known as Pavee or Mincéirs, who have been officially recognised as an ethnic group on March 1st 2017 but still continue to experience racism, discrimination, homelessness and high suicide rates. I hope that my work will share insight into the unique culture of this community.

Yu-Chen Chiu: America Seen

Project Description:

AMERICA SEEN is a visual poem about the social landscape of the United States during the Trump administration and forthcoming.

It linked to me receiving my U.S. GreenCard in 2015, and my work was born out of what America means to me and what is the American Dream. In a time of political unrest and uncertainty about the future, issues of race and gender; privacy and patriotism; violence and understanding, made me take a closer look at my second home.

I hope, through my lens, the viewers can come along and see for themselves how the divided emotions blend together in search of the American Dream.

Dan Farnum: Young Blood: Growing Up in Michigan’s Auto Towns

Project Description: 

These photographs investigate children, teenagers, and young adults raised amidst a backdrop of economic decomposition in the neighborhoods of Michigan’s auto towns. Adolescence and early adulthood are characterized by both fragile uncertainty and exciting potential. I see these same characteristics reflected in the rebuilding process of the region. I am particularly interested in the cusps between these age ranges since they are pivotal. This series was created in my home state over a ten year period. Many of the locations in the larger project were made in places I grew up skateboarding.

Lina Geoushy: Shame Less

Project Description:

Sexual harassment is a widespread and serious problem in Egypt: the country has the second-highest figures in the world after Afghanistan. I have been verbally and sexually harassed in the streets, at home, and at work in Cairo, and am enraged by the prevalence and normalization of the problem. One of the underlying problems that prevent women from speaking up and reporting assault is victim-blaming and shaming, causing ongoing trauma. I want to shed light on the issue and fight the stigma around reporting assault. This project will center around Egyptian women’s stories of sexual harassment.

Image 1: “I am now 64 years old, when I was in university, I used to live in a hostel. At the end of each week, I used to go to my grandparents house. One day, while I was coming back from my grandfather house to the hostel, I got into a bus full of people. One of the men on the bus started moving towards me and standing very close and stuck himself to me. I felt something abnormal was happening. I felt ashamed of what happened to me”

Image 2: “Walking home, a man on the street walked towards me and stroked my vagina. I just froze off and continued walking home” “Walking home from work. Teenager on a bicycle grabbed my chest and quickly cycled away before I could scream”

Image 3: “While I was walking alone in a long street, a man in his fifties started following me with his car for a long period and making hand gestures for me to get into the car with him. I was afraid so I crossed to the other side of the road, so he went around with his car and continued to follow me saying “come in and I will satisfy you and give you what you want”. In fear of him getting close to me, I tried to walk away from the car and deeper into the pavement”.

Image 4: “While I was in university, I was walking toward the train station with a friend heading home in the afternoon. An old man was walking his young daughter back from school bumped into me and grabbed my chest. Instead of supporting us, people in the street started saying “let him go.. you are proving that you are not well behaved”.

Image 5: “I was ten or eleven when this started happening. My cousin used to live with us and he is 10 years older than me. He would touch me occasionally in inappropriate ways when my mother and brothers were not around. I would wake up during the night to find him in my bed next to me touching me with his penis. As soon as I would wake up he would run away. I was too young I couldn’t process it, I felt angry and scared. I felt I can’t feel safe, not even at home. The hardest part was my parent’s reaction or lack of reaction. I felt that I don’t matter not even to my family”.

Yadira Hernández-Picó: “Volver a casa” [Returning Home]

Project Description: 

“Volver a casa” is an intimate chronicle of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The long-term project documents the despair and resilience of the people impacted by the worst natural disaster ever recorded on the island, along with the disproportionate effect of climate change on underrepresented communities in my hometown of Maricao, western Puerto Rico. From the perspective of an insider, the series comprises photographs and text to bring issues of social justice and climate crisis to the forefront of attention.

Image 1: 23-year-old single mother, Lisamary Rivera, carries her son, Kenyel Martínez, 2, through the debris and ruins of their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the most catastrophic storm ever recorded in Puerto Rico, where—nearly four years on—financial and material recovery remains out of reach for many.

Image 2: After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Glenda Bonilla, 27, stands among the ruins of her home, where she—as well as her two daughters—were born, in the remote, rural town of Maricao, western Puerto Rico.

Image 3: Dionisia Cruz, 76, stands in her roofless kitchen after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, as she recalls the many sacrifices done working all her life to own a home for herself without any government help, but “in the blink of an eye” she lost everything.

Image 4: When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017, it left a massive humanitarian emergency in its wake. The storm leveled towns, deprived thousands of their homes and jobs, left the island’s 3.3 million residents without power, clean water, access to medical care, and facing food shortages—a cruel turn of events for a U.S. territory already in an economic crisis.

Image 5: With the aid of a walking stick, Félix López, 78, walks through the wreckage of his home after Hurricane Maria’s landfall. The devastating storm inflicted an estimated $90 billion in damage on the island, with a death toll close to 5,000—a Harvard study revealed.

Md Enamul Kabir: Coexistence

Project Description:

Since the beginning of civilization, animals have been an integral part of human lives. In modern mechanized cities, people may not depend on animals for livelihood or security as much, but, in every society, new or old, people have and will continue to coexist with animals. Interaction with animals takes various forms: from medical necessity to emotional support. These are all ways to friendship. Living in the close surrounding of animals teaches us humbleness, honesty and sensitivity. I can feel that I have become a better, more compassionate person by getting close to the strays in my city.

Istiak Karim: By gone from the MAP

Project Description: 

The devastating erosion of the Padma River has taken a serious turn in Naria upazila of Shariatpur district.It would wipe out Naria upazila from Bangladesh map.More than 2,000 houses,500 business centers, several schools, mosques, temple and other establishments have been washed away by the consequences of aggressive river erosion. The river is threatening increasingly more areas.A 1.50km area, from Naria Banshtola to Purba Naria, was washed away by the river in the last couple of days— but the authorities concerned paid no head on it locals said. Government should declare the area a disaster zone.

Natalia Kepesz: Niewybuch

Project Description: 

“Niewybuch” gives a insight into the world of military camps, a phenomenon that has experienced a massive influx in Poland in recent years. In addition to being taught military basics, children are playfully indoctrinated in obedience and patriotism.

The young soldiers appear like play figures, their frozen facial features concealing any emotion. Between fake blood, drill and the unreserved use of weapons, the work raises the question of the emotional effects of military education and addresses the tension between a child’s search for adventure and the excesses of the Polish military cult.

Christian K. Lee: Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous

Project Description: 

Growing up in Chicago, I routinely saw negative portrayals of African Americans with guns: Black men there and in the rest of the country were associated with gangs and criminality, and guns were always deemed dangerous in their hands. But at home, I saw a positive, responsible side of firearms ownership: My father was an Army veteran and a police officer. I became a gun owner myself — one of the 24 percent of African Americans who report owning guns, according to Pew Research Center. They, like me, are comfortable exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Image 1: Tylissa Frazier, 38, right, is embraced by her husband Kenneth Frazier, 35, outside of their home as they hold their fireamrs on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Temple, Tx. “We get pulled over a lot so having a license will show that we are law abiding citizens,” Tylissa said.

Image 2: Marvin West, 39, holds his dog outside of his home with his firearm positioned on his hip on Monday, April 06, 2021 in Killeen, Tx. “It’s more to the picture than what you see,” West said. People often judge him based on his appearance. He mentions that those people would be surprised to know that he’s an educated business owner that holds a Masters degree.

Image 3: Damillah Lane, 26, is embraced by her daughtyer Skylar Lane, 8, as she holds her firearm outside of her home on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Killeen, Tx. “Whenever my husband leaves I feel a need to protect my family,” Damillah said.

Image 4: Ron Harris, 32, postures his firearm in his backyard on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Killeen, Tx. “I own it to protect my family because I cant afford a loss,” Harris said.

Image 5: Brothers Dorian Black, 20, from left, and Ashton Black, 13, postures their firearm as Datrelle Black, 46, is embraced by his wife Rohonda Black, 44, outside of their home on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Killeen, Tx. “For my children I take the curiosity out of it, total avoidance of guns teaches fear we should inform our children of gun safety,” Datrelle said.

Emil Lombardo: An Unending Sunday morning

Project Description: 

From Jan to Apr 2021, I’ve cycled to different areas of London during the UK national lockdown to photograph trans and non-binary people outside their homes.

This series document our unique lockdown experiences and feelings of being separated from our safe spaces and our chosen families.

Whilst this work is about covid, I intended to play with atemporal emotions, which we could also relate outside of the pandemic.

Hence these large-format black and white photographs suggest a sense of a parallel reality where these portraits might or might not have been taken on a calm and silent Sunday morning.

Rebecca Moseman: The Irish Travelers, A Forgotten People

Project Description: 

This series of photographs documents the lives, culture and traditions of the Irish Travelers, a forgotten people. The images reflect my personal interactions with the Travelers I have met and followed through the years at various halting sites, and illegal encampments in and around County Galway and County Limerick, outside of Dublin and at the annual horse fair in Ballinasloe.

Fahim Ahamed Riyad: It Ends With Love

Project Description:

In Bangladesh testing positive for the corona virus carries a great stigma. Many family members and relatives of those who pass away from Covid-19 do not even attend the funerals for the fear of being infected. Al markazul islami is a volunteer team who has stepped forward in this situation and conducting funerals and burials of Covid-19 victims with dignity and love. To undertake this noble cause this team of volunteers have been keeping themselves away from their family for months and risking their lives to provide burials for people with honor.

Image 1: Dead body of a covid-19 victim is seen kept outside the door of morgue inside a government hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Image 2: Male volunteers wait outside while female volunteers give bath to female covid-19 victims inside the morgue of a government hospital at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Image 3: Volunteers of Al markazul islami is getting into ambulance immediately after they received a call to collect dead body of a Covid-19 victim. Volunteers working in the team are mostly Islamic scholars graduated from Islamic madrasa who are now conducting final rituals and burials of covid-19 victims of all religions.

Image 4: Volunteers sanitizing and giving bath to dead body of a Covid-19 victim inside the morgue of a government hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Image 5: Burial ground custodians along with volunteers of Al markazul islami pray the janaza (funeral prayer for muslim) of a Covid19 victim at taltola graveyard, khilgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Due to fear of covid19 no relatives or family members of the victim were present during janaza (funeral prayer for Muslim) and burial process.

Nicolo Filippo Rosso: Consumed by grief

Project Description:

In March 2021, the bodies of 13 migrants were returned to their village in Guatemala wrapped in the national flags. It was the inverse of the journey they had made in January when they had left the arid mountains of Comitancillo for the Texas border to find a job. There were 16 of them in all, allegedly killed by Mexican police in Tamaulipas state. Thousands of people, consumed by grief, buried their relatives and friends as if they were burying the hope that a better future was possible.

Image 1: Evelin Lopez carries a picture of her father, Edgar Lopez during the burial in the Comitancillo’s cemetery on March 13, 2021, Guatemala.

Image 2: People from the community stand during the funerals of Rivaldo Jimenez Ramirez, Santa Cristina Garcia and Ivan Gudiel Pablo on March 14, 2021 in Tuilelen, Comitancillo, Guatemala.

Image 3: People from the community walk towards the Tuilelen’s cemetery for the burial of Rivaldo Jimenez Ramirez, Santa Cristina Garcia and Ivan Gudiel Pablo on March 14, 2021 in Comitancillo, Guatemala.

Image 4: People stand in the Tuilelen’s cemetery during the funeral of Rivaldo Jimenez Ramirez, Santa Cristina Garcia and Ivan Gudiel Pablo in Comitancillo, Guatemala, March 14, 2021.

Image 5: People move towards the Tuilelen’s cemetery during the funeral of Rivaldo Jimenez Ramirez, Santa Cristina Garcia and Ivan Gudiel Pablo in Comitancillo, Guatemala, March 14, 2021.

Alain Schroeder: Saving Orangutans

Project Description: 

Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest.  As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting and other development continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat.

Organizations like the OIC (Orangutan Information Centre) and their immediate response team HOCRU (Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit), rescue orangutans in difficulty (lost, injured, captive…) while the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) cares for, rehabilitates and resocializes orangutans at their purpose-built medical facility, aiming to reintroduce them into the wild and to create new self-sustaining, genetically viable populations in protected forests.

That we share 97% of our DNA with orangutans seems obvious when you observe their human-like behavior. Today, with just over 14,000 specimens left, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii) along with the 800 specimens of the recently discovered Tapanuli species (Pongo tapanuliensis), are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Image 1: Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The whole SOCP team works together to prepare Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), for surgery.  A sedative is administered, the arm is shaved, her temperature is taken, while others hold her head or her hand out of compassion for the baby.

During the three-hour procedure, Dr. Andreas Messikommer, a renowned orthopedic surgeon invited from Switzerland, will place a pin and screws to secure the damaged humerus.

Brenda was confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh who was keeping her as a pet.

Image 2: Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Substitution mother Selvi, is teaching Otan, a 3-year-old male confiscated from a home in West Java by JAN (Jakarta Animal Network), to climb trees in the forest school at the SOCP Quarantine Centre. Working together on a daily basis, Selvi and Otan have developed a strong mother/child bond. Like humans, the mother orangutan has to teach her kids everything they need to know to survive on their own. Here at the center, human caregivers take on that maternal role. It is the first step in a teaching, socialization and rehabilitation program with the goal of release at the age of 7 to 8 years old. This corresponds with the age when orangutans naturally leave their parents in the wild.

Image 3: Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), was confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh. Her left arm humerus was completely snapped in two. Yenny, the SOCP’s vet, is standing next to Brenda’s X-ray that reveals the broken bone.

The 3-hour operation was led by Dr. Andreas Messikommer, a renowned orthopedic surgeon invited from Switzerland whose more usual patients are people in and around Lausanne and Montreux.

Image 4: Indonesia, Sumatra, Aceh province, Jantho Reintroduction Centre located in the Jantho Pine Forest Nature Reserve.

At dawn, veterinarian Pandu crosses the Krueng Aceh river in a small boat carrying Diana, an 8-year-old female orangutan, for a final release. But this is not Diana’s first attempt. In 2014, she was released unsuccessfully having to return several times to the SOCP Quarantine Centre in Sibolangit for a variety of ailments. Having been domesticated, Diana had difficulty adjusting to forest food and on her last visit to the clinic, they discovered she had malaria (an extremely dangerous illness for an orangutan) that required a blood transfusion. Since, she has been on a strict diet of leaves but it remains to be seen if she will successfully adapt to the jungle this time.

Diana has developed a particular bond with Pandu over the years and is so comfortable with the vet that she just climbs on his back for the ride across the river.

The goal of the Jantho Reintroduction Centre is to establish a new, wild and sustainable Sumatran orangutan population within the Jantho Pine Forest Nature Reserve. Since 2011, over 100 orangutans have been released back into their natural habitat and several new births have been recorded.

Image 5: Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Sedated and transported by wheelbarrow from her enclosure, Asha is going for a medical check. This 20-year-old female, arrived two years ago (2017) in critical condition with a broken right hand, fractured hip and gangrene of the left hand from being beaten, leaving her thumb nonfunctional. As rain falls, a team member shelters her with a giant leaf.

Filip Wolak: Vaccination Mega-Sites – an Aerial Survey

Project Description:

While the country entered the final phase of the fight against the pandemic, it was important to capture the unprecedented efforts that the health care communities put into place to help mitigate the virus’ lasting effects.

As the vaccines became more available and their supply steady, large Points of Distribution were created in major metropolitan areas of the country. This photo project attempts a capture of the largest.

The photographs were taken from a small airplane overflying the locations at a high altitude. This point of view allowed the to capture of the magnitude of the effort.

Image 1: Vehicles line up at Dodgers Stadium POD awaiting vaccination

Image 2: Vaccination Site – Los Angeles Forum

Image 3: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte hosting it’s walk-in vaccination event on March 9, 2021

Image 4: (Coming soon)

Image 5: Fair Park – Dallas, TX


Winner will be the photograph with the highest score overall in any category. 

◦ Featured interview on the Lucie Foundation website
◦ Part of Lucie Foundation Online Exhibition for competition
◦ Cash prize $1,000
◦ B&H Gift Certificate $250
◦ 16×20″ print of the Award Winning Image from Digital Silver Imaging (printed and shipped worldwide)
◦ Pick of one (1) Lucie Honoree Poster (unsigned edition)

Winners will be the highest score in the remaining categories. Categories remaining will depend on Grand Prize winner. 

◦ Part of Lucie Foundation Online Exhibition for competition
◦ Cash prize $250
◦ B&H Gift Certificate $100
◦ 16×20″ print of the Award Winning Image from Digital Silver Imaging (printed and shipped worldwide)
◦ Pick of one (1) Lucie Honoree poster (unsigned edition)


Paul Moakley, Editor at Large, Special Projects, TIME

Paul Moakley is editor at large, for special projects at Time. He covers national news and issues such as Person of the Year and produced the Opioid Diaries. Previously, he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News). He lives at the Alice Austen House, as caretaker and curator of the museum.

Photo credit: ©Peter Hapak

MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography, Washington Post

MaryAnne Golon is the Director of Photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne was the director of photography at Time Magazine and a senior photography editor there for more than 20 years. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne curated Look 3: The Festival of the Photograph and help guide the 2-year product build of a digital asset management system for a major non-profit organization.

She graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. Golon has received many individual and team picture-editing awards from the POYi (Pictures of the Year International) and NPPA’s (National Press Photographer’s Association) Best of Photojournalism competitions. Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography have all recognized her work. She was awarded Picture of the Editor of the Year from the IFA Lucie Awards in 2013. She was twice selected for American Photo magazine’s list of the 100 most important people in photography.

Brent Lewis, Co-Founder of Diversify Photo and Photo Editor at The New York Times

Brent Lewis is a Photo Editor based out of New York City, co-founder of Diversify.Photo and from the greatest city in the world Chicago. South Side to be exact.
Brent is a photo editor at The New York Times working on the Business Desk, assigning visual coverage of technology, the economy, and auto industry.
Brent was a Photo Editor at The Washington Post. Formerly, he was the Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website that is based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Before turning his life over to photo editing, he was a staff photojournalist with stints at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette.  Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Curator/ Cultural Organizer

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and works at the intersections of visual storytelling, research, pedagogy, and collective action. In 2007, she co-founded; an independent artist-led platform that facilitates learning, exhibition making, publishing and a variety of other trans-disciplinary collaborative projects for Nepali visual practitioners. In 2011, she co-founded Nepal Picture Library; a digital archiving initiative that works towards diversifying Nepali socio-cultural and political history. NayanTara is also the co-founder and Festival Director of Photo Kathmandu, an international festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years. She served as the Festival Director for South Asia’s premier non-fiction film festival Film Southasia from 2013-2015. She has been a mentor for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, was recently awarded the 2020 Jane Lombard Fellowship by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York and is the chair of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest Jury.

Photo credit: ©Sagar Chhetri

Rena Effendi, Award-Winning Documentary Photographer 

Rena Effendi is an award-winning documentary photographer. She is an author of two monographs published in 2009 – “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline” and in 2013 – “Liquid Land”. Rena Effendi’s photography has been described as having a deep sense of empathy with a quiet celebration of the strength of the human spirit.

Rena Effendi is the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award for Culture and Development. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, Istanbul Modern, the Venice Biennial, NYC MOMA and other venues. Effendi’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Istanbul Modern, the Open Society Foundations and the Prince Claus Fund.

She has won several international photography awards including the Overseas Press Club of America awards in 2020, SONY World Photography award, National Geographic “All Roads” photography award, Getty Images Editorial grant and the Alexia Foundation grant. In 2012 and again in 2019, Effendi was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability. In 2014 Effendi won two awards in the World Press Photo “Observed Portraits” categories. She has also been on the jury of the World Press Photo and the SONY World Photography Awards.

Effendi has spoken and presented her work in global fora, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, C 2 Montreal and the Tribeca Film Festival.

A frequent contributor to the National Geographic Magazine, Effendi has worked on editorial commissions for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times magazine, VOGUE, Marie Claire, The New Yorker, GEO, The Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, TIME, The Sunday Times, New York Magazine and many others.

Photo credit: ©Maria Ionova-Gribina

Andy Patrick, Entrepreneur, Storyteller, Instigator

Andy’s work leverages thirty years of experience in entrepreneurial and social ventures with a common thread of visual storytelling, design, and technology. He works with people he admires & respects, on compelling projects that inspire me, with the intent of instigating positive change.

He founded FiftyCrows Foundation and stewarded the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography to support photojournalistic photographers worldwide, and was cofounder with National Geographic Fellow Chris Rainier of the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Photography program. He has curated over twenty photographic exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world and lectured on a wide variety of creative and business topics.

He is currently the COO of adventure media company ROAM along with co-founders Jimmy Chin, Andy Mann, Cory Richards, Chris Burkard, Andy Best, and Keith Ladzinski. Previously Andy was the interim CEO of VII Photo, co-founded liveBooks which built 15,000 websites for photographers, and co-founded strategic web design and development consultancy Adjacency, leading the evolution from start-up to building the first e-commerce solutions for Apple Computer, Patagonia, Virgin, LandRover, and many others. He lives alongside the ocean in Carpinteria, CA.


The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered in to the competition. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by Lucie Foundation shall carry the photographer’s credit line and will not be used for any other purposes other than the online exhibition, and promotional material for the exhibition including online and through social media and email newsletters. Images may be displayed on the Lucie Foundation website for promotion of the exhibition.