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Portfolio images courtesy of Kristen Ashburn
Winning Project:
AIDS and Faith in Zimbabwe
Leveraging her experience in reportage photography, Kristen Ashburn will use her grant to communicate the plight of HIV/AIDS sufferers in Zimbabwe. Within the context of the struggle against abject poverty, Kristen will report on the hope and support provided by the churches and other places of worship that have sprung up in areas most affected by the diseases.

Biography
Born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1973, Kristen Ashburn's passion for photography began in 1994 while still in college, photographing neurologically impaired orphans in Romania, where she was volunteering as an aid worker. Her professional career began in 2001 with the first of several self-financed trips documenting the effect of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. That same year, she traveled to Siberia to photograph the inhumane conditions of Russian prisoners, where most were not yet convicted of a crime. Ashburn has documented various other projects during her career including essays on Palestinian suicide bombers and Israeli settlers in the occupied territories.

Her photographs and stories from events in the Middle East, Europe and Africa have been published in leading international publications such as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Mother Jones, Le Figaro (France), "D" Magazine (Italy), The Telegraph Sunday Magazine, among many others.

Ashburn has been recognized as an accomplished photojournalist and received numerous awards, including the 2002 Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic photography for her work on the impact of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. In 2003, Ashburn received the first place award in the Magazine News/Picture Story category from the National Press Photographers Association and also won third place from World Press Photo.

Her work documenting HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa earned her Canon's 2004 Female Photojournalist Award given annually by the French Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France. Most recently, she received first prize in the news category of Singles/People from the 2005 World Press Photo contest.

In addition to her humanitarian photography work, Ashburn is one of the directors of "Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project," a charity that teaches photography to Rwandan orphans and supports them through the sale of their images. She also donates the usage of her images in Southern Africa to Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization assisting victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

See more photography by Kristen Ashburn.
 
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