These ten Documentary Photography Projects were chosen by
2016 judges Anne Havinga and Ken Light for Honorable Mention
Pennsylvania State University
Project Title: Left Behind Children
"When Guocheng Ma and his wife, Chunxia Zhu, left rural Wenzhou to work in Shanghai, the most populous city in China, they knew the sacrifices they faced as migrant workers.
"'The hardest thing was not being able to see my kids all year round,' Zhu said."
Northeastern State University, Tulsa
Project Title: The Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors
"Over the horizon the night sky was bright with the glow of lights. Cresting the hill we realized these weren’t the lights of a city but the floodlights of police forces. We were twenty minutes from the site but could clearly see the police lights covering the range of hills, shining dowyn on the Water Protectors’ camp. Cars were lined at the checkpoint up ahead. Our destination was the Sacred Stone camp in North Dakota."
Towson University, Maryland
Project Title: Chains
"I decided to document the protests and conversations occurring on my college campus, Towson University, in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. Throughout his campaign, Trump made a series of promises such as building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border (and making Mexico pay for it), creating a deportation task force, banning Muslims from entering the country, and expanding the use of “stop and frisk” policing that disproportionately discriminate against black Americans."
Temple University, Philadelphia
Project Title: Hood: The Youth's Perspective on Gentrification
"'Hood: The Youth's Perspective on Gentrification' is a series of photographs taken during interviews with three Philadelphia youths during the summer of 2016. With the rise of various university housing and apartment complexes in the city, many inhabitants of neighborhoods that have housed primarily African Americans for generations are being pushed out by increasing taxes."
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall
Project Title: Heaven
"There is an empty lot in Oslo where junkies go to shoot heroin when the weather’s warm and the injection room is full. The ground is littered with used needles and love letters scribbled on the back of prescriptions, children’s wax crayons and handwritten guitar cords, alcohol swabs and burnt aluminium foil and paperback novels. But if you wait there long enough, if you look carefully enough, you’ll find more."
Evangelical Christian Academy, Colorado Spring
Project Title: Untitled
"I believe that every single object on the earth has a message or its own story with its unique outward appearance. I consider these various messages as the ultimate reason to take pictures.
My interest in photography began from my curiosity in machines and about how the world operates, and my early years of childhood were full of questions."
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Project Title: I'm Not Your Poverty Poster Child
"They saw me every day in their neighbourhood for three months. Don’t tell me that they didn't notice me during those three months -- I was a visible minority in every possible way. I seldom took out my camera because I would be met by the residents with disgust, disappointment, and resentment. They live in the formal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya."
California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Project Title: Dreams
"In the month of May, 2016 I decided to go out in Pomona, California to photograph the homeless people that reside in the streets of the city. I was inspired to take on this project because I have had individuals come up to me asking for some spare change or a bite to eat and many of them tell me their stories as we wait for their food. Their live stories are truly amazing and because of their status in society many people do not listen, help or they avoid this individuals. My objective in photographing them was to capture the faces at are behind these incredible stories. Little did I know that I was in for more than I bargained for."
New York Institute of Photography
Project Title: Café Brazil
"I'm passionate for people history and cultures, I like to connect with people and capture moments of life in naturalness, focusing mainly in social documentary, and show the world around me into photography.
"I believe that photography can be a tool for positive social change to bring people together, educating through visual stories to take beyond what we thought, we knew and understood to open new perspectives. As a way to broaden these perspectives the project I propose is to document through photography, the work of coffee pickers in Brazil, located in a small village called Piedade, in the state of Minas Gerais."
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Project Title: Family Along the River
"The story 'Family Along the River' is a photo story I did when I was back in China for 2016 Summer. The Jiang family consists of 5 members, the mom, Chuanfang Zhang; the dad, Laiquan Jia; a mentally disabled son, Qiuwei Jia; son-in-law, Yongnian Wang, and a long-term employer, Benbing Li. Jiang’s daughter teaches in town so she comes back only on holidays."