FotoEvidence was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history.

For seven years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo.  The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

Beginning in 2018, The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner and two finalists will be included in the World Press Photo exhibition mounted in many of the worldwide locations.

Past recipients of the award include: Javier Arceniilas for “Sicarios: Latin American Assassins”, Alex Masi for “Bhopal: Second Disaster,” Robin Hammond for “Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis”, Majid Saeedi for “Life in War", Marcus Bleasdale for "The Unravelling" ,Daniella Zalcman for "Signs of Your Identity"and Josue Rivas for "Standing Strong".

Past finalists for the award include: Massimo Berruti, Valerio Bispuri, Paula Bronstein, Fabio Bucciarelli, William Daniels, Maxim Dondyuk, Michelle Frankfurter, Tanya Habjouqa , Jon Lowenstein, Fernando Moreles, Boniface Mwangi, Joao Pina, Andrea Star Reese, Vlad Sokhin, Lizzie Sadin, Lisa Wiltse, Mario Cruz, Hossein Fatemi, Ingetje Tadros, Narciso Contreras, Jan Grarup, Amnon Gutman, Alessio Romenzi ,Fabian Muir, Danielle Villasana and Zackary Canepari.

Members of the book award jury from 2010- 2015 include: Christophe Agou, Lys Anzia, Svetlana Bachevanova. Dimitri Beck, Annie Boulat, Ed Kashi, Olivier Laurent, Jean-Francois Leroy, Greg Marinovich, Regina Monfort, Mark Murrmann, Cheryl Newman, Andre Polikanov„ Reza, Joseph Rodriguez, Marcel Saba, Stephen Shames, Maggie Steber, David Stuart, Mikko Takkunen, Robert Nickelsberg, Alison Stieven-Taylor , Kelli Grant, Nina Berman, Elisabeth Biondi, James Colton,Eli Reed, Molly Roberts, John Stanmeyer, Lars Boering, Daniella Zallcman, Jen Tse and Peter van Agtmael.

who we are

Svetlana Bachevanova is a publisher  and co-founder of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer with interest in human rights that began while living under a communist dictatorship in her native Bulgaria. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, Svetlana join the first anticommunist newspaper "Demokratia" where she led the photo department. Seven years later she became the head of the photo department in the Bulgarian News Agency. Svetlana covered the transition to democracy in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, the war in Kosovo and Bosnia, the separation of the Soviet Union, the revolution in Romania. In 2001 Svetlana moved to New York where she founded FotoEvidence to continue her life work of using photography to fight oppression and expose human rights violations. She seeks to help photographers who work to document and fight against human rights violation so the story of her country and friends will never happen again.

Managing Editor

David Stuart is a co-founder of FotoEvidence. He is a sociologist with an interest in human rights that began as a teenager at the United Nations International School in New York. He was a founder of the Freelance Players Inc. an educational theater organization on whose board he served for more than 2S years. As the Executive Director of the Disarmament Action Network, he spent ten years working with dozens of organizations to mobilizie opposition to the militarization of US foreign policy and international affairs. He spent eight years with the Boston College Media Reseach and Action Project designing and analyzing research on the mass media and political discourse. He has managed political campaigns and worked as a consultant to social movement and non-profit organizations. He is a writer and photographer living in New York City.

Photo Editor

Régina Monfort is a french-born photographer and editor living in New York City. Her work focusing on issues pertaining to youth, cultural identity and social stigmas has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. 

From 1997 to 2002, Monfort was the New York-based assistant to documentary film director Jean-Pierre Krief on the series Contacts.
She has taught at CUNY/La Guardia Community College, Pratt Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monfort brings her formal experience working with major photographic legacies to her editing projects.  She embraces working with long-form narratives, sequencing and articulating stories so they may serve as enduring testimonies. Since joining the FotoEvidence team in 2010 she has edited a number of books, including: Daniella Zalcman’s Signs of Your Identity, Marcus Bleasdale’s The Unravelling, and Tanya Habjouqa’s Occupied Pleasures. 

Backend Engineer

Compiled built, and deployed in Islamabad, Nabeel has been field tested for over half a decade now with state of the art tools and technologies. His once lowly performance enjoyed rapid upgrades at National University, where he extended on his base OS to understand Software Engineering in particular and Computer Science in general. After beta testing in startup market, Nabeel found his way as technology consultant for over a year now where he plays active role in establishing enterprise applications. Now a days you would find him orchestrating development activities.

Digital Book Designer

Vanya is the FotoEvidence digital book designer. She is freelancing for other publishing houses including Egmont Press (National Geographic Books). In her own words Vanya is a workaholic, in love with her job and an Apple aficionada




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