Josué Rivas wins the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo 


The winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is First Nation photojournalist  Josué Rivas for his project “Standing Strong” about the spiritual awakening that occurred among the people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.
The finalists are Zackary Canepari for “Flint is a Place,” an exploration of the challenges of life in Flint, Michigan, and Danielle Villasana for “The Light Inside,” a compelling story about the struggle of trans women in Peru.

Rivas’ work will be published in a hardbound FotoEvidence book to be released this spring.  Rivas, Canepari and Villasana will be exhibited at the World Press Photo exhibit in Amsterdam opening April 13th  and at the FotoEvidence Book Award Exhibit in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center, opening June 2nd.

Standing Strong 

The gathering at Standing Rock was a dance between the modern and the ancestral. It was the epicenter of the awakening of humanity. For over seven months, I lived at the Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, documenting the opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Thousands of tribal nations and allies gathered in peaceful prayer and created a worldwide movement. They called themselves Water Protectors.



Interview with book award winner Josué Rivas By Svetlana Bachevanova 

Josué Rivas (Mexica/Otomi) is a visual storyteller working at the intersection of art, journalism, and advocacy to challenge the mainstream narrative about indigenous peoples. In this interview he talks about how his work is intended as an offering to contribute to the awakening that occured among First Nations people and their allies who gathered to reisist the Dakotal Access pipeline.



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"The book Standing Strong is a tool for reflection. The work was created during the seven months I spent documenting the historic gathering of Indigenous peoples and allies at Standing Rock, North Dakota. While many storytellers focused on the clash between police and Water Protectors, I turned my lens to the latent spirit embedded in the camps. The images that emerged serve as an offering to the all our relations and those protecting sacred sites, the water of life and our planet as a whole."
-Josué Rivas


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Prints and diptychs from Rivas'  Standing Strong are available in the FotoEvidence Gallery.

Sunrise at camp
Cannon Ball, ND, December, 2016

Click on the image to view his testimony



Mario Cruz continues to follow up on his project documenting the slave-like conditions of talibés in Senegal.  Here he testifies to the European Parliament, which has since pledged to investigate the situation.  A year ago, the President of Senegal ordered the registration of all the daaras in the country in response to Mario's work, which traveled the world with World Press Photo and became a FotoEvidence Book,Talibés Modern Day Slaves.
Click on Mario's image to view his testimony at YouTube.