Ricci Shryock is a freelance journalist and photographer who has lived in Dakar, Senegal since 2008. Before coming to West Africa, she reported for three years in southwest Florida, where she covered city council meetings and urban planning. Her work has appeared in outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Foreign Policy and more. Ricci taught photojournalism at the University of Dakar for three years and conducted journalism trainings in multiple countries, such as DRC, Congo-Brazzaville, Niger and Tanzania. Ricci is a member of the Everyday Africa and Women Photograph collectives. Through developing and sharing opportunities with journalists who publish in local and national outlets in the countries she covers, she hopes the stories can serve the local audience as well as an international one. Recently her work focuses on how political policy and cultural norms impact women, environmental conservation through local practices and shifting story frameworks to reflect different value systems.