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The Emergency Fund supports experienced photographers with a commitment to documenting social issues, working long-term, and engaging with an issue over time. Projects address critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon. Photographers retain the copyright to their work and distribute it widely: through traditional and new media, in collaboration with nonprofits or NGOs, and on the Emergency Fund website.

Each year, a diverse group of photography professionals nominate 100 professional photographers to submit proposals. An independent Editorial Board selects 10 to 20 photographers—based on the strength of their proposals and the importance of the issues they propose to address—to support.

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2015 Nominators

Amy Pereira -

Director of Photography, MSNBC

Aida Muluneh -

Photographer & Founder of D.E.S.T.A. for Africa

Marie-Pierre Subtil -

Chief Editor, 6 Mois

Trisha Ziff -

Curator & Filmmaker

Nestan Nijaradze -

Artistic Director, Tbilisi Photo Festival

Paul Moakley -

Deputy Director of Photography, TIME Magazine

Sam Barzilay -

Creative Director, United Photo Industries

Luis Weinstein -

Photographer & Photo Editor, Sueño de la Razón

Vaughn Wallace -

Deputy Photo Editor, Al Jazeera America

Jim Goldberg -

Photographer, Magnum Photos

Işin Önol -


Jennifer Bajorek -

Adjunct Faculty, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Hester Keijser -


Bas Vroege -

Photographer & Curator, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society

Chien-Chi Chang -

Photographer, Magnum Photos

Andrea Stultiens -


2015 Selection Committee

Philip Gourevitch -

Contributing Writer for New Yorker and former Editor of Paris Review

James Wellford -

Editor/Curator & Co-Founder, Screen

Alexa Dilworth -

Publishing and Awards Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Whitney Johnson -

Director of Photography, The New Yorker

Bob Dannin -

Former Editorial Director, Magnum Photos

Marc Kusnetz -

Adjunct Faculty, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism



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Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. From 2006-2013, he primarily covered the post-9/11 wars and their consequences, working extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant as well as several awards from World Press Photo. His book, 'Disco Night Sept 11,' on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014 and was named a book of the year by Time and the New York Times Magazine. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

Peter DiCampo

Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. He is a co-founder of Everyday Africa, an Instagram-based project focused on daily-life images to transcend the stereotypical media image of the continent. Peter's work has been featured in numerous leading publications, and he has received awards and grants from POYi, Open Society Foundations, Magenta Foundation, The Pulitzer Center, Photoreporter Festival, PDN30, and many others. In 2013, he was a selected participant at the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. His "Life Without Lights" project on global energy poverty has exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, London, New York, Lagos, and Vienna.

Nii Obodai Provencal

Nii Obodai Provencal was born in Accra, Ghana in 1963 and grew up in London and Lagos. In the mid 1990s he began to photograph his experience about the culture he comes from. He held his first exhibition at the United States Information Service in Accra in 1997. Nii Obodai's work explores the zones of tradition, spirituality, and modernity that merge into a visual chronicle. His most recent works concern the environment, and the relationship between us and the land. He published "Who Knows Tomorrow," a photographic journey that explores Ghana's legacy of independence together with Algerian-French photographer Bruno Boudjelal. He's also the author of Zetaheal, a story about the religious community where Christians and Muslims worship together. In 2013, his photographs were part of Negotiating Space: Old Fadama, a photographic and architectural collective project that was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum about Accra's biggest slum community. He lives in Accra, Ghana, where he holds photography workshops regularly.

Pete Muller

Pete Muller (b.1982) is an award-winning photographer and multimedia reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work focuses on conflict, nationalism and masculinity issues in post-colonial states. He has won awards and recognition from TIME Magazine, the Overseas Press Club of America, the Open Society Foundation, LensCulture and others. He has reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, the Palestinian Territories and elsewhere. He is a member of the Prime Collective.

Matt Black

Matt Black is a photographer from California’s Central Valley. His work has explored themes of migration, farming and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico. Recent photo essays have been published in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, and Vice Magazines. His work has been honored by the World Press Photo Foundation, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Pictures of the Year International, the Documentary Project Fund, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and others.

Massimo Berruti

Massimo Berruti (Italy, 1979) is a documentary photographer based in Rome. He approached photography for the very first time in 2003, while he was still conducting  his studies in biology. Then after a first reporting experience in Italy, from 2008 he spent almost five years working in central Asia and mainly in Pakistan, focusing on its recent and contemporary history, with particular attention  involvement in the War on Terror.  This extensive coverage became his first long-term project, lately titled “The Dusty Path.” He is a regular contributor of International Magazines and newspapers such as l'Espresso, Internazionale, Io Donna, Le Monde, Le Monde 2, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, NewsWeek and Der Spiegel among others. Berruti is the recipient of several awards and grants like the Joop Swart Masterclass, two World Press Photo prices, three POYi prices, the Visa d'Or Arthus Bertrand, The Carmignac Gestion Grant for Fotojournalism and the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship among others. His work have been widely exhibited in Europe in Festival like Perpignan, Arles, Paris PHOTO, Noorderlicht, Fotoleggendo, TOPS CHINA and in USA at the VII Gallery in NYC.

Emine Gozde Sevim

Emine Gozde Sevim (b.1985) is a New York-based, Istanbul-born photographer. Educated at Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley, Sevim has dedicated the last seven years to exploring and documenting the changing face of life in the Middle East. Her most recently completed body of work focuses on everyday life in Egypt amidst escalating social unrest. As part of her comprehensive project in the region, Sevim has also documented provincial daily realities in the context of historical transitions in Afghanistan (2007) and Israel and the West Bank (2010). She is represented by the Doha/Dubai based gallery East-Wing.

Elena Perlino

Elena Perlino (1972) earned an MA in Modern Literature from the University of Turin. Since 2003, she has been committed to documentary photography and personal research projects. For eight years Perlino embarked on a long-term project focusing on Nigerian trafficking to Italy. She received a grant from the Open Society Foundations and the Prix Portfolio ANI in 2013. In 2014 she published the book Pipeline (Schilt Publishing, André Frère Éditions). Her images have been exhibited internationally in Bosnia, France, Italy, Sweden and the USA. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Daily Mail, Die Zeit, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Feature Shoot, Elle, Io Donna and D di Repubblica amongst others.

Asim Rafiqui

Asim Rafiqui is an independent photojournalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Harper's, Stern, National Geographic (France) and many other publications. Asim has reported from Haiti, Japan, India, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Sweden and Ukraine among other places. He was recently the recipient of an Open Society Fellowship for his work exploring the issue of access to justice in Pakistan. Previously, Asim was a Fulbright Fellow to India, where he worked on a project that looked at India’s heritage of cultural and religious pluralism and syncretism. For this project he was also a recipient of an Aftermath Grant. Asim also received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant to document the impact of the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip on its residents. He authors the photography blog The Spinning Head.

Curran Hatleberg

Curran Hatleberg was born in 1982 in Washington, D.C. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University he has traveled extensively in the United States to photograph, while based in New York where he currently teaches photography at Yale University. His work has been shown in galleries nationally and internationally with critical success including most recently Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY and The International Center of Photography, New York, NY. He is the recipient of the 2014 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship Grant, the Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography, and is the winner of the 2013 Annual Juried Competition at The Camera Club of New York. His photographs are included in the Williams College Muesum of Art and Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University. His work has been published frequently, including The United States (2003-2013) from Mossless Publishing. His forthcoming monograph will be released by TBW Books in 2015.

Guy Martin

Guy Martin graduated with a first class B.A(HONS) in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport. Guy began pursuing long term personal documentary projects while studying at Newport. Inspired by regions that are in periods of transition, he went on to pursue a long term project on the re-birth of the Cossack movement and Russian nationalism, the war in Georgia, Turkey and the Northern Iraqi border, the Arab revolutions and Turkey's identity crisis with his long term project 'City of Dreams'. He is represented by Panos Pictures and has been recognised internationally for his diverse approach to subject matter.