New York 2021

'ZEKE Award Winners 2021'
September 18 — December 1, 2021
The Social Documentary Network (SDN) presents an exhibition of laureates as part of the Photoville anniversary festival.
Brooklyn Bridge Park — Pier 3, NY, USA.
Curated by Glenn Ruga.

ZEKE Award Winners 2021

This is Photoville’s tenth-year anniversary celebration and the fourth year SDN will be exhibiting. We hope you can join us in-person on Saturday, September 18, virtual on Saturday, October 2, or visit our exhibition of the 2021 ZEKE Award winners any time between September 18 and December 1.

ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

SDN’s banner presented at Photoville featuring the winners of the 2021 ZEKE Award
for Documentary Photography.



2021 ZEKE Award Recipients

First Place is shared by:

Sofia Aldinio is an Argentine-American documentary photographer and storyteller based between Joshua Tree, California and Baja California, Mexico, for Awake in the Desert Land.
Awake in the Desert Land is an ongoing project documenting how climate change is uprooting small, inland and coastal communities in Baja California, Mexico, that depend directly on natural resources to survive and thereby threatening cultural heritage.

Nicolò Filippo Rosso is an Italian documentary photographer based in Colombia, for Path Away.
Two months after Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America, leaving 4.5 million victims of flooding and mudslides, 11 thousand people gathered in San Pedro Sula, starting the first migrants' caravan of the year directed to the U.S. The migrants’ crossing through gang-controlled areas, deserts, and jungles was made even harder by the pandemic. International aid is scant, and many migrants’ shelters and charity kitchens closed their doors to avoid contagion.

Five Honorable Mentions are awarded to:

Kirsten Rebekah Bethmann, from the U.S., for Bear and Fanny, a project exploring the complexities of marriage when a spouse is afflicted with dementia and their partner is required to take on the role of caretaker.

Misha Maslennikov, from Russia now living in Ukraine, for The Don Steppe, an exhibit that defies a simple explanation about the inexorable boundary between the earth and sky in the steppe of the Rostov-on-Don region of Russia.

Ashkan Shabani, from Iran, for “Eshgh, Tars, Azadi” (Love, Fear, Freedom) about the struggle to be gay in Iran and where any type of sexual activity outside a heterosexual marriage is forbidden and homosexual sex is punishable by death based on the laws of Sharia. 

Richard Sharum, from the U.S. for Campesino Cuba, a four year documentation of the Campesino people and culture of rural Cuba. 

David Verberckt, based in Hungary, for Unending Ethnic Conflict in Burma, a project that explores Myanmar’s never-ending ethnic conflicts through documentation of the borderland states, government-controlled areas, and ethnic armed groups-controlled territory.

Jurors

Barbara Ayotte: Communications Director for Social Documentary Network and Editor of ZEKE Magazine. Senior Director of Strategic Communications at GBH.

Greig Cranna: Founder and Curator, Bridge Gallery, Cambridge, MA.
Michael Ensdorf: Professor of Photography/Journalism & Media Studies and Founder and Director of the Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Lou Jones: Independent photographer and founder of the panAfrica project, Boston, MA.
Chelsea Matiash: Senior Editor, Digital Transition Strategy at The New York Times.
Maggie Soladay: Photo Editor, Open Society Foundations.


About The Organization

Social Documentary Network (SDN) is a global community of documentary photographers, editors, curators, NGOs, students, journalists and others who believe in the power of visual storytelling to build understanding and appreciation for the complexities, nuances, wonders, and contradictions that abound in the world today. Since our founding in 2008, the SDN website has featured more than 3,500 exhibits by nearly 2,500 photographers from all corners of the globe. We produce gallery exhibitions, educational programs, lecture series, award programs, and our flagship print and digital magazine, ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary. Recent exhibits on SDN have explored Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, the rising seas of Antarctica, life in Iran, asylum in America, teen mothers, and nomads of Kyrgyzstan.  


The 2021 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography is presented by:

ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Sponsors

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ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

10 Year Anniversary Partner

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Marquee Partners

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ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

exhibitions

ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Vitebsk 2021

'Noga is 15 years old' 23 — 27 June, 2021 Noga Creative Union presents an anniversary exhibition of documentary...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Moscow 2021

“PhotoTOP” June 10 — September 19, 2021 On June 10, the Gallery of Classical Photography will open the largest recent...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Odessa 2020

'Thin Line' August 21 — September 4, 2020 Noga Creative Union, within the framework of the Thin Line Photo Festival,...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Odessa 2020

'Odessa. Photos from 1985' 15 February — 6 March 2020 Noga Creative Union and Paparazzi Photo Salon present...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Odessa 2019

'India. Dreaming of Varanasi' 14 — 30 June 2019 Noga Creative Union presents an exhibition of black and white...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Tartu 2019

'Chukotka is a land of loneliness' February 4 — March 7, 2019 Noga Creative Union and the group OVER present...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Narva 2018

'Chukotka is a land of loneliness' November 10 — December 17, 2018 Noga Creative Union, within the framework of the...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Vitebsk 2018

'Ordinary Photos' 20 — 24 June, 2018 The Sigismund Yurkovsky III International Photographic Festival “PhotoKrok”,...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

St. Petersburg 2016

'Life without fanfare and parade' September 2 — October 1, 2016 Interdistrict Centralized Library System. M.Yu....
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Norilsk 2014

'Invisible country' 7 — 30 November 2014 Liberty.SU presents the photo exhibition “Invisible Country”....
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Odessa 2013

'Ordinary Photos' 1 — 15 October, 2013 Noga Creative Union, Department of Culture, Nationalities, Religions and the...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Nizhny Novgorod 2013

'3 Outskirts' 3 — 16 April, 2013 Noga Creative Union, Ministry of Culture of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, and Russian...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Ogre 2012

'Urban Environment' 13 — 31 October 2012 Association “Ogre Photo Clubs”, within the framework of the festival “Photo...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

United Kingdom 2012-13

'Our Stories' 2012-2013 The Photographic Angle presents a traveling exhibition of documentary photography. London —...
ZEKE Award Winners 2021. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

Yekaterinburg 2012

'3 Outskirts: Karelia, Altai, Chukotka' May 14 — June 20, 2012 Noga Creative Union and GM Photo Gallery present...