Winners Announced

Jan BanningSDN is thrilled to present the following winners for this Call for Entries. From a pool of 140 entries, the judges selected one First Place winner, four Honorable Mentions, and ten Finalists. The work submitted was strong and a clear demonstration of the commitment and interest in visual storytelling about global themes.   

The first place winner is Jan Banning for his project Law & Order shedding light on the criminal justice system in four countries.

Honorable mentions are Michael Joseph for Lost & Found, Pierpaolo Mittica for The Nuclear Legacy, Annalisa Natali Murri for La Nieve y la Flor, and Sadegh Souri for Waiting for Capital Punishment (Iran).

Finalists are: Rebekah Bowman, Anja Bruehling, Margarita Mavromichalis, Sara B. May, Jordi Pizarro, Anik Rahman, Sami Siva, Yusuke Suzuki, Jan Zychlinski, Matic Zorman.

The first place winner will receive a feature in the spring 2016 issue of ZEKE magazine and receive a $1000 honorarium.

SDN would like to thank all the photographers who submitted to this call for entries.

Click here for full list of winners with links to their exhibits.


Barbara Ayotte: Director of Strategic Communications for Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Director of Communications, Social Documentary Network. Former Director of Communications for Physicians for Human Rights.

Barbara Davidson: Staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. In 2014 she was named the International Newspaper Photographer of the Year for the second time. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 in Feature Photography and a national Emmy for her story of innocent victims trapped in the crossfire of Los Angeles’s deadly gang violence. In 2006 she won a team Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for Hurricane Katrina. Davidson is a native of Montreal, Canada.

Alice Gabriner: International Photo Editor at TIME magazine, a position she held previously from 2003-2009. Prior to rejoining TIME, Gabriner was a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine, and before that, she was the Deputy Director of Photography in the Obama White House. During her ten-year tenure at TIME from 1999-2009 she oversaw the magazine¹s award winning coverage of the Iraq War, and she worked with TIME’s notable team of photographers during the Presidential election in 2000.

Elizabeth Cheng Krist: Senior photo editor for National Geographic. Elizabeth curated the Women of Vision book and exhibition. She has judged competitions for Critical Mass, the State Department, Aftermath, and the RFK Journalism Awards. Elizabeth has won awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has served on the board of the Eddie Adams Workshop and has spoken at PhotoPlus, FOTOfusion, FotoWeekDC and Pingyao. Elizabeth has taught workshops in Santa Fe and has reviewed portfolios for Palm Springs Photo Festival, LOOK3, and the New York Times.

Molly Roberts: Photographer and photography editor, currently Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian magazine, with 25 years experience in the magazine publishing world. She is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyesUSA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use powerful imagery to help illuminate complex issue facing America.

Glenn Ruga: Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network; Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. Former Executive Director, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University; Curator of 2012 New York Photo Festival.

Mikko Takkunen: Photo editor at The New York Times. From 2013 to 2015, Takkunen was the International Photo Editor at Before joining Time in 2013, he spent two years working as a freelance photographer in London for various international newspapers. In 2007, Takkunen started the popular Photojournalism Links website, for which he curated the best photojournalism published online. Photojournalism Links was published on Time’s LightBox photo blog between 2013-15.

Jamie Wellford: Jamie Wellford is an independent photo editor and consultant based in Brooklyn, New York.

About SDN

Social Documentary Network (SDN) uses the power of photography to promote global awareness. SDN members include photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students who create and explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece.


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