Pulitzer Center Update

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In a shelter in Vrindavan, known as a "city of widows," Lalita (at right) bears the cropped hair and white wrap of her culture once considered obligatory for widowhood. Shelter manager Ranjana, a much younger widow, is less constrained by traditional customs. Image by Amy Toensing. India, 2013.


A young boy near the end of his shift at the Fandjora gold mine. After the famines in Burkina Faso forced families off their farms  in the 1980s, artisanal or small-scale mining took root. It has now become the nation's third largest export. Although child labor is illegal in the country, leaders and entrepreneurs, eager to tap the vast reserves, often look the other way while young mine workers risk long-term health problems caused by exposure to dust, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals.  Image by Larry C. Price. Burkina Faso, 2013.


Sauri (left) and her sister-in-law Birma stand in the spot where Sauri's 17-year-old daughter, Laxmi, recently burned to death while sleeping in a chaupadi shed in an area far from the family's home, near Dhakari village, Achham, Nepal. "I have many daughters," said Sauri, "but she was the one who was always with me." The family has since destroyed the shed. Image by Allison Shelley. Nepal, 2012.


A swingset in Beauval, Saskatchewan, near the former site of the Beauval Indian Residential School. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.


A resident of Sihoupo village, about 40 km southwest of downtown Handan, leaps down into his vegetable plot right outside his home to work the fields. The coking plant in the background — a branch of the Hansteel works which dominates Handan city — is less than 100 m from the houses in this village. Day and night, the factory emits steam and smoke in cycles — grey, black or yellow — and constantly beeps like an electrocardiogram machine. Depending on the direction of the winds, the smoke sometimes blows low right across these farm plots where villagers grow corn and vegetables.  Image by Sim Chi Yin. China, 2013.


Javan sits in the family's living room, while her brother Shema stands in the doorway. Javan left Uganda after a mob beat her, stripped her naked and paraded her up and down the street yelling, "He's a homo," behind her. She fled to Kenya and spent nearly a year there as a refugee before returning to Uganda in order to make a stand and reconcile with her family. But now, she faces a stream of abuse from the general public. Image by Jake Naughton. Uganda, 2017.


A truck crosses the Yalu river on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge from Sinuiju, North Korea to Dandong, China. The bridge is one of the few places along the border where vehicles can cross. The United Nations has warned China that it may be "aiding and abetting crimes against humanity" with its policy of forcibly repatriating North Koreans who flee across its borders. Image by Tomas van Houtryve. China, 2013.


Image by Andre Lamberston.


A child labor victim from Myanmar closing the door of a shelter in Singapore for migrant workers who have run away from their employers. The address of the shelter is hidden from the public for the safety. Image by Xyza Bacani. Singapore, 2016.


In Jocotenango, Guatemala, Rosa de Sapeta's family used to avoid her smoke-filled kitchen. But since an aid group helped her replace the open fire with a cleaner burning stove, she says, "I have company while I cook." Image by Lynn Johnson. Guatemala, 2017.


A man walks over rocks near to a glacial lake that has formed at the base of the Dagu Glacier on the southeast edge of the Tibetan Plateau. The glacier has been reducing in size in recent years as a result of rising temperatures in the region. Image by Sean Gallagher. China, 2012.


"It seemed like there were thousands of them -- Gbagbo's militia, all dressed in black. They didn't have machetes or the kinds of guns you normally see with farmers in this area. They had Kalashnikovs. And by the end of the day the whole village was flattened. There wasn't a single house left." Above, a man sees his destroyed home for the first time since fleeing a year earlier in a village near Blolequin, Ivory Coast on March 11, 2012. He had been living in a refugee camp in Liberia. Image by Peter DiCampo. Ivory Coast, 2012.

The Pulitzer Center is launching a new initiative in support of our photojournalism projects. With a donation to the Pulitzer Center of $1,000 or more, donors can select one print from the series of Pulitzer Center supported projects above.

You can help us support more projects like these AND $250 of your donation will go to the photographer whose image you select.

The photographs will be 11x14 inches, unless noted below, printed at Lux Lab in New York City, and signed by the photographer. Prints selected will be shipped starting in January 2018.

Photographs in the series are from:

  • Xyza Bacani 
  • Sim Chi Yin (11x11in)
  • Peter DiCampo (11x11in)
  • Sean Gallagher (limited edition of 3)
  • Lynn Johnson
  • Andre Lambertson
  • Jake Naughton
  • Larry Price
  • Allison Shelley
  • Amy Toensing
  • Tomas Van Houtryve (limited edition of 15, 11x5in)
  • Daniella Zalcman (11x11in)

The photographs cover topics from widows in India and the legacy of residential schools in Canada to North Korea, Haiti and climate change in China.

Photography projects are an increasingly important part of the Pulitzer Center’s strategy for raising awareness of underreported issues around the world. From cover stories for TIME and The New York Times, to special features for National Geographic and Harper's, and online presentations on MSNBC, Vox, the New Republic and The New Yorker. And the story doesn't end there: Photography by our grantees has become a critical tool for exploring global issues and promoting media literacy in schools and colleges, as well as the cornerstone of exhibits, books and other events that extend the reach and impact of these images.

Click here to help us support more work by talented photojournalists like these, and continue to bring home the global stories that matter most. Just choose the "Celebrate Global Photography" button when making your donation and we will contact you for your image selection. Remember: Prints will begin shipping in January 2018.

And please join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 5:30 to 7pm, when the Pulitzer Center hosts a New Year’s celebration in our Washington, DC offices. Grantees, Daniella Zalcman and Tomas van Houtryve will discuss their unique creative approaches to the critical issues they cover.

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