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January
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On her first big assignment for National Geographic, Alaskan photographer Acacia Johnson explores how Alaska's most celebrated populations of brown bears are threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine.

Acacia Johnson
Based in Anchorage, Alaska
Visura: @acaciajohnson
Instagram: @acacia.johnson

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Mexican photographer Citlali Fabian was a guest speaker at the NatGeo 2020 Storytellers Summit. "All these interactions and experiences helped me to understand that it is really relevant to know us and appreciate our history and vitalize our heritage. Because that understanding is the first step to appreciate and respect other cultures," Citlali Fabian says. [credit: Leigh Vogel]

Citlali Fabian
Based in Oaxaca, Mexico
Visura: @cfabian
Instagram: @citlalifabian

February
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Puerto Rican photographer Gabriella N. Baez’s earthquake coverage in Puerto Rico was featured on NBC Latino.

Gabriella N. Baez
Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Visura: @baezreyes
Instagram: @gabriellanbaez

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Photographer and nurse Rosem Morton was commissioned for an assignment about modern parenting for The New York Times.

Rosem Morton
Based in Baltimore, Maryland
Visura: @rosemmorton
Instagram: @roseemmorton

March
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For The Washington Post, photographer Terra Fondriest takes us into the everyday lives of people living in the Ozarks.

Terra Fondriest
Based in Marshall, Arkansas
Visura: @fondriest
Instagram: @terrafondriest


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On BBC World Service, photographer Esther Ruth Mbabazi speaks about her storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society that are often overlooked.

Esther Ruth Mbabazi
Based in Kampala, Uganda
Visura: @mbabazi
Instagram: @esther_mbabazi



April
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For Nature, Alejandra Rajal photographed Nora Volkow,
a Mexican-American psychiatrist and the current director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in her childhood home in Mexico City, Mexico.

Alejandra Rajal
Based in Mexico City, Mexico
Visura: @rajal
Instagram:@alerajal

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Kiana Hayeri worked on a project for The New York Times about thousands of people crossing the border into Afghanistan amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Kiana Hayeri
Based in Kabul, Afghanistan
Visura: @kianahaeri
Instagram: @kianahayeri



May
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Photographer Charlotte Schmitz collaborated with photographer Hannah Yoon in the production of The Journal, a project that supports women photographers worldwide documenting their intimate stories and growing together as a community during the current pandemic. The project was featured in The Washington Post.

Charlotte Schmitz
Based in Berlin, Germany
Visura: @Charlotte
Instagram: @_charlotteschmitz_


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For The New York Times, photographer Johis Alarcón worked on a story about fatalities in Latin America.

Johis Alarcón
Based in Ecuador
Visura: @alarcon
Instagram: @johis.alarcon

June
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For National Geographic, Koral Carballo worked on an assignment about the food chain in Latin America during the recent pandemic.

Koral Carballo
Based in Puebla, Mexico
Visura: @carballo
Instagram: @koralcarballo

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Erin Lefevre’s series, Liam’s World, which tells a story about her brother, Liam, who was diagnosed with the autism spectrum, and explores how Liam understands the world, was exhibited at the 7th edition of the Lumix Festival for Young Visual Journalism.

Erin Lefevre
Based in New York City
Visura: @elefevre
Instagram: @erinlefevrephoto


July
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For The New York Times, Mary Kang worked on a story about the unpredictable way health prices can vary for patients who receive identical care.

Mary Kang
Based in Austin, Texas & New York City
Visura: @makang
Instagram: @mary.kang

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For the German children's magazine Zeit Leo, photographer Anne Ackermann photographed young athletes.

Anne Ackermann
Based in Germany
Visura: @AnneAckermann
Instagram: @anneackermann_

August
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Nadja Wohlleben’s story about underground raves in Berlin was published in Stern magazine.

Nadja Wohlleben
Based in Berlin, Germany
Visura: @NadjaWohlleben
Instagram: @nadjawohlleben

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For The New York Times Magazine, Birgit Krippner photographed Behrouz Boochani, who fled Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and exposed Australia’s offshore detention camps.

Birgit Krippner
Based in Willington, New Zealand
Visura: @krippner
Instagram: @birgit_krippner

September
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From Joana Toro’s new book, "Hello I am Kitty", thirteen images were added to The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress’s collection.

Joana Toro
Based in New York City and Colombia
Visura: @toro
Instagram: @joanaphoto

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For The New York Times, Anna Liminowicz photographed Stepan Svetlov, a 22-year-old who coordinated protests in Belarus, from a small office in Poland.

Anna Liminowicz
Based in Warsaw, Poland
Visura: @Liminowicz
Instagram: @annaliminowicz

October
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For Thomson Reuters, Ranita Roy covered the story of Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals in India, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ranita Roy
Based in Kolkata, India
Visura: @ranitaroy
Instagram: @ranita3roy

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For Thomson Reuters, Arin Yoon covered a story about a Kansas restaurant’s closing after frying chicken for over 100 years.

Arin Yoon
Based in Kansas City, Kansas
Visura: @arinyoon
Instagram: @arinyoon

November
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Photographer Nikki Johnson was featured in Whitehot Magazine. Writer David Aaron Greenberg described her work as one that "serves as a vast meditation on identity and self-reinvention in an image-saturated culture, challenging us to linger longer and more intensely than we have grown accustomed to in the harsh atmosphere of digital clicks and scrolls."

Nikki Johnson
Based in New York City
Visura: @nikkijohnson
Instagram: @nikkijohnson

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Hannah Kozak’s new book, He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard, was featured on Buzzfeed exploring the decadelong process of rebuilding her relationship with her mother.

Hannah Kozak
Based in Los Angeles, California
Visura: @hannahkozak
Instagram: @hannahkozak

December
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María Magdalena Arréllaga’s work about the Brazilian Pantanal was included in top climate news on The New York Times’ “The Year in Climate”.

María Magdalena Arréllaga
Based in Brazil
Visura: @arrellaga
Instagram: @mariamagdarre

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Anita Pouchard Serra’s two images were selected as part of Bloomberg's “The Year in Pictures”.

Anita Pouchard Serra
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentine
Visura: @pouchardserra
Instagram: @anitapouchardserra

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Nigerian photographer Etinosa Yvonne’s work from the recent #ENDSars protest in Nigeria was selected as part of TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2020.

Etinosa Yvonne
Based in Nigeria
Visura: @yvonne
Instagram: @etinosa.yvonne

Events News
Highlighting Success Stories by Women Visual Storytellers and Journalists in 2020
curated by shuran huang for the visura media blog
Jan 2, 2021
As we welcome 2021, Visura is delighted to highlight success stories in 2020 by 25 women visual storytellers and journalists worldwide, who worked during a global pandemic to document and inform the world around us with their unique voices and perspectives.

Curated by Shuran Huang, the feature aims to inspire, ignite, support, and encourage all efforts to hire more women photographers, visual storytellers, and journalists worldwide. Each accomplishment was selected from the myriad of news posts shared via Visura by women photographers and journalists throughout the year. All editors and researchers are welcome to join Visura to discover new work and talent.

Featuring: <Name, Location>

Acacia Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska), Citlali Fabián (Oaxaca, Mexico), Gabriella N. Baez (San, Juan, Puerto Rico), Rosem Morton (Baltimore, Maryland), Terra Fondriest (Marshall, Arkansas), Esther Ruth Mbabazi (Kampala, Uganda), Alejandra Rajal (Mexico City, Mexico), Kiana Hayeri (Kabul, Afghanistan), Charlotte Schmitz (Berlin, Germany), Johis Alarcón (Ecuador), Koral Carballo (Puebla, Mexico), Erin Lefevre (NYC, NY), Mary Kang (Austin, Texas), Anne Ackermann (Germany), Nadja Wohlleben (Berlin, Germany), Birgit Krippner (Willington, New Zealand), Joana Toro (Colombia & New York), Anna Liminowicz (Warsaw, Poland), Ranita Roy (Kolkata, India), Arin Yoon (Kansas City, Kansas), Nikki Johnson (New York, New York), Hannah Kozak (Los Angeles, California), María Magdalena Arréllaga (Brazil), Anita Pouchard Serra (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Etinossa Yvonne (Nigeria).  







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