Ronaldo Schemidt    

   Ronaldo Schemidt was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1971.

From 2004, he worked as a freelance photographer for Agence France Presse (AFP), and in 2006 he joined AFP in the Mexico City office as a staff photographer. Since then he has covered sports, social conflicts and violence for drug trafficking.

In addition to covering international stories, he has covered some of the most important events in Venezuela in recent years including the death of President Hugo Chávez in 2013, President Nicolás Maduro’s election, the development of the political and economic crisis and the violent social conflicts between the government and opponents. He has also covered events of global importance such as Fidel Castro’s death in Cuba in 2016, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and natural disasters in Mexico.

Ami Vitale    
   Ami Vitale's journey as a photographer, writer and filmmaker has taken her to over 90 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

She has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

She is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, the International Photographer of the Year prize, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers’ Association, among others.

David Becker    
  David Becker is a freelance photographer based in Las Vegas.

He attended Moorpark College and California State University, Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism.

After freelancing at several Los Angeles-area publications, David found his first staff position at the Boca Raton News and worked his way up to photo editor.

He has traveled extensively throughout his career, covering events from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the transfer of government in Nicaragua, and Israel during the first Gulf War.

Ryan Kelly    
  Ryan M. Kelly was a staff photojournalist at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville for four years, from 2013 to 2017.

The Unite the Right rally and aftermath marked his final assignment at the newspaper, before he and his wife moved to Richmond. He continues to cover news and sports in both Richmond and Charlottesville as a freelancer.

Kelly discovered an interest in journalism as a reporter and editor at The Captain's Log, the student newspaper at Christopher Newport University. Developing a passion for photojournalism, he interned at the Daily Press and freelanced for newspapers around Virginia before moving onto the Progress.

He has previously been recognized with awards from Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, and the Virginia News Photographers Association.

Arelis Hernández,
Whitney Leaming, and
Zoeann Murphy
  Sin Luz: Life without Power is an immersive video interactive produced by The Washington Post. It tells the story of Puerto Rico’s apagón, or “super blackout,” the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. Without electricity, there is no reliable source of clean water. School is out, indefinitely. Health care is fraught. Small businesses are faltering. The tasks of daily life are both exhausting and dangerous. There is nothing to do but wait, and no one can say when the lights will come back on.

The idea for Sin Luz: Life Without Power began when reporter Arelis Hernandez and videographers Whitney Leaming and Zoeann Murphy traveled to Puerto Rico and spent three weeks reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

As the longest power outage in U.S. history stretched on for months, the three pitched returning to the island a few months later to report on life without electricity. To create a story that had visual impact and emotional power, senior producer for video Reem Akkad, graphics director Kat Downs and senior editor at-large Ann Gerhart pulled together a team of 18 from across the newsroom to build an immersive multimedia experience.


Jonathan Bachman    


Jonathan Bachman won this year's 1st prize in the Contemporary Issues category for his photograph of Iesha Evan's confronting state troopers in Baton Rouge. This image went viral this year and has become an iconic image, driving discussion of race relations and how police interact with the African American Community.

Jonathan will speak at the opening of the exhibition and be present on Saturday, 4 November.

Stephanie Sinclair    


Stephanie Sinclair was this year's recipient of the Anja Nieringhaus award, presented by the International Women's Media Foundation.

In 2004 Sinclair won World Press Photo's 1st prize singles in the contemporary issues category for her stunning image of a young woman in Afghanistan, coverd with self-inflicted burn wounds after having accidentally knocked her husband's television over whilst cleaning the house. In 2012 won the same distincting, this time for her series "Child Brides" illustrating the plight of young women married off to significantly older men.

Sinclair leads Too Young To Wed, an organization dedicated to ending the marraige of underage women. 

Stephanie will speak at the opening of the exhibition and be present on Saturday, 4 November.

Zoeann Murphy    

Zoeann Murphy is an award-winning video journalist at The Washington Post.

She reports largely on crisis and forced migration. She’s worked on projects with Tibetan refugees in northern India, Burmese refugees in Thailand, and Syrian refugees in Turkey. Last year, she covered the protests at Standing Rock, the Flint Water Crisis, and worked on A New Age of Walls, a project that examined the global phenomenon of border barriers rising around the world. A New Age of Walls won first place prizes from both World Press Photo and the White House News Photographers Association.

In addition to her work as a visual journalist, she also teaches photography workshops for refugees and immigrants to provide communities with the tools and opportunities to share their own stories in their own images. 

Zoeann Murphy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from SUNY Purchase school of Art + Design and a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Zoeann will have an event at the exhibtion on the Sunday, 5 November.

Giovanni Capriotti    

Giovanni Capriotti won 1st prize in the Sports Stories category for his incredible images of the Ruddy York (inclusive) rugby team in Toronto. This striking series reflects snapshots of the players lives and takes the viewer from "masculine" sports action images of the team all the way through to the team's annual drag fundraiser.

Giovanni wil be present at the exhibition during the weekend of Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November.

Jaime Rojo    

Jaime Rojo won the 3nd prize singles in the Nature category for his image of spectactular monarch butterflies contrasted against white snow. The photographs were taken in El Rosario butterfly sanctuary, which is normally a safe place for the millions of Monarchs to escape winter's grasp. Due to a change in weather patterns, the sanctuary has now experienced two years in which snow has fallen, decimating the mornarch population.


At the IDB exhibition

Tamara Merino    
Tamara Merino  

Tamara is an independent documentary photographer and storyteller concentrating on social and cultural issues. She has worked with local and native communities over the last five years in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Australia and India.

Tamara has a degree in photography at the Universidad del Pacífico of Santiago, Chile. A residency of photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a diploma of documentary photography at the Universidad Católica of Santiago, Chile. She is part of Women Photograph and Ladera Sur. .

Tamara is available for freelance assignments and is currently based in Santiago, Chile.

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