Two Alexia Grantees, Darcy Padilla and Ami Vitale, have been recognized by in World Press Photo Awards, one of the most prestigious photography prizes in existence.
The work follows the life of a homeless woman, Julie, who was just 18, barefoot and with an eight-day-old infant in her arms
Darcy Padilla received a 1st Prize in the Long-Term Projects division for “Family Love 1993-2014.” The work follows the life of a homeless woman, Julie, who was just 18, barefoot and with an eight-day-old infant in her arms when Darcy met her. Julie had AIDS and was addicted to drugs. Darcy followed Julie and her family for 21 years, documenting their complex and difficult lives.
Ami Vitale was recognized with a 2nd Prize Singles, Nature award, for her photograph of Samburu warriors meeting a rhino for the first time in their lives. The photo was from Ami’s recent work in Northern Kenya documenting the vital role of community based initiatives to battle poaching and protect wildlife.
Padilla was a recipient of an Alexia Student Award of Excellence Grant in 1991, the first year we held the competition, for “American Prisons” which showed life in an AIDS isolation unit in California. Vitale received an Alexia Professional Grant in 2000, for “Tradition, Women’s Rights and Circumcision in Guinea Bissau, Africa,” which showed village life in the small, West African nation. Vitale received a special grant from the Alexia Foundation to update her project, and document the changes the village had gone through. You can read an interview with Ami about that experience here.