Pulitzer Center Update

NatGeo Your Shot Launches Joint Assignment with Pulitzer Center

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Betty Nanozi poses for a portrait in her fields. Betty, a widow for over a decade, first experienced property grabbing the moment she became a widow when her step children came into her home the night her husband died and took everything. Image by Amy Toensing and Kathryn Carlson. Uganda, 2016.

Betty Nanozi poses for a portrait in her fields. Betty, a widow for over a decade, first experienced property grabbing the moment she became a widow when her step children came into her home the night her husband died and took everything. Image by Amy Toensing and Kathryn Carlson. Uganda, 2016. 

The Pulitzer Center is partnering with Your Shot–National Geographic’s photo community made up of over 800,000 photographers from 195 countries–to create photographic assignments focused around Pulitzer Center reporting and issues. The first assignment is to share the stories of strong women in your lives, and to answer the question: “What inspires you about the woman or women you photographed?”

To share your photo and story of strong women in your lives, go to the assignment on natgeoyourshot.com.

This assignment will be curated and edited by National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing and Deputy Director of Photography Whitney Johnson; together they worked on the February 2017 National Geographic magazine story, “Life After Loss.” Amy is also a Pulitzer Center grantee, producing the project “A World of Widows” that documents communities of widows on three continents.  

Part of the Pulitzer Center grant supported the National Geographic video about Betty Nanozi, who describes how over the 11 years of her widowhood, she was robbed of everything twice by her husband’s children from a previous marriage (all adults). Now, with the help of attorneys, social workers, and criminal investigators from the International Justice Mission, Nanozi is fighting back. As of January 2017, the alleged perpetrators, including the leader, Wasaja, have yet to be convicted, and the case is still ongoing. 

Follow Your Shot on Instagram (@natgeoyourshot) to stay up to date on the assignment.