Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2023 - winners announced


Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen


Grandmothers at 30

Highlighting teenage pregnancy in Venezuela through a series of portraits of young women with their families, and an intimate visual documentation of their lives, and the organisations trying to help them.

Yetzimar Sanz, 16, poses for a portrait at her home in Sisipa, El Hatillo, Venezuela, on May 24, 2019.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Ana María Arévalo Gosen (b.1988) moved to France in 2009 to study Political Science and discovered her passion for photography. Now based in Madrid, she works as a freelance visual storyteller, focusing on women’s rights, and social and environmental issues. A National Geographic Explorer and member of Ayün Fotógrafas, she combines research and intimate stories to create emotional, honest narratives for social change.

For more information about the Winner and Honourable Mentions please visit the Fotodocument news post here

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported generously by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional womxn photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.
The overall winner is awarded a grant of £2,000. All shortlisted applicants are featured on the FotoDocument website and will be publicised by both FotoDocument and Nikon.
The Award is reserved solely for womxn documentary photographers working on projects that are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported / under-reported.
The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the wishes of Marilyn Stafford and the aims of FotoDocument.
Womxn from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established.
They must already have started the photo essay for which they are seeking funding and be able to show work in progress.
In addition, they must have already completed at least one other documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record prior to applying for funding.
Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world.
It is free to submit.

2023 Submissions were reviewed by international panel including:

Andrea Bruce: award-winning photojournalist, co-owner NOOR photo agency, Nikon ambassador;

Donna De Cesare: award-winning photojournalist, associate professor University of Texas;

Nina Emett: award-winning founding director FotoDocument, documentary photographer, curator;

Neo Ntsoma: award-winning photojournalist, founder Neo Ntsoma Productions;

Lina Clerke: honorary judge and daughter of Marilyn Stafford.