Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2024 - winners announced


Isabella Franceschini


‘The Leap of Fish that Dream of Flying’

A series that acknowledges our changing and mutual relationship with the environment and sustainable development. Franceschini’s work focuses on the decommissioning of the Polesine Camerini thermoelectric plant, the largest in Italy, now inactive, which is set to be transformed into an eco-friendly tourist facility based on a project involving local institutions and the local population.

The interior of the 250-meter-high chimney of the decommissioned thermoelectric power plant. A study commissioned by the University of Padua is assessing whether to preserve the structure, which may require extensive maintenance and, most importantly, addressing safety issues for guests of the future tourist facility. Polesine Camerini, 2023.

Isabella Franceschini is an Italian freelance photographer, contributor for Parallelozero photojournalism agency and Lowepro Ambassador. Isabella is currently developing long-term projects primarily inspired by what influences human beings and their relationships as well as issues related to environmental sustainability.

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The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported generously by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional female 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 £2,500. All shortlisted applicants are featured on the FotoDocument website and will be publicised by both FotoDocument and Nikon UK. The Award is reserved solely to women documentary photographers, working on projects that are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported / under-reported. They should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues raised in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the aims of FotoDocument and the wishes of Marilyn Stafford. Women 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 able to show work in progress. In addition, they must already have completed at least one other documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record. Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world. It is free to submit.

2024 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;

Natalya Saprunova: Winner of Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2022, Photographer.

Lina Clerke: honorary judge and daughter of Marilyn Stafford.