Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2023

Winner of Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2023

Photographer Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen has been awarded the prestigious Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 2023, for her photo essay Grandmothers at 30highlighting 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.

Grandmothers at 30

Venezuela faces the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in South America, exacerbated by the 2015 economic collapse and mass parental migration. Despite these challenges, positive solutions have emerged, empowering young mothers and addressing the issue’s primary causes.

Read more about Ana and her winning essay on the Fotodocument website

© Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen. Yetzimar Sanz carries her nine-month-old daughter Adrianyelis as she walks to her mother’s house on March 2, 2020, in Sisipa, El Hatillo municipality, Venezuela.

See more of the winning essay and the awards 2023 honourable mentions on the FotoDocument website

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.