New global photography prize for young refugees and communities facing food insecurity
A collaboration between the World Food Programme and Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year
“We are absolutely delighted to announce the first-ever WFP [World Food Programme] Storytellers Innovation Award,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s leading awards for food photography and film.
“WFP Storytellers is a remarkable project, teaching young refugees, from 17 to 25, in camps in Jordan, Chad, Uganda and beyond, how to be powerful storytellers and communicators. We have a long-standing relationship with the World Food Programme and it was the most natural thing to create a special award to celebrate the work of these young people who have been through so much. We are so looking forward to seeing their images.”
Gioacchino Gargano, Rome-based Coordinator of WFP Storytellers explains, “WFP assists 91 million people around the world who are struggling to feed themselves on a daily basis. They have a unique relationship with WFP, built on the provision of food, and they are our most valuable endorsers. If we can harness their voices and stories about the positive impact and outcomes of our food assistance, we can prove that a brighter future does begin with food.
“Even in desperate times, people caught up in humanitarian emergencies want to remain connected with the outside world. Thanks to digital technology, they have a way to express themselves and make their views heard. This presents WFP with a huge opportunity. The women, girls, men, and boys whom WFP helps every day are our key constituency, our strongest advocates.”
The Award will be judged by Rein Skullerud, Head of the Photo Unit, World Food Programme, Rome; Alison Morley, Chair Emeritus, Visual Journalism at the International Center of Photography, NYC and Head of Photography at The Guardian, Fiona Shields. The winners will be announced at the Mall Galleries, London in April 2019.
To find out more about WFP Storytellers click here.