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SDN Announces Winners of Call for Entries on Visual Stories Exploring Global Themes/2016      

SDN is thrilled to present the following winners for this Call for Entries. From a pool of 140 entries, the judges selected one First Place winner, four Honorable Mentions, and ten Finalists. The work submitted was strong and a clear demonstration of the commitment and interest in visual storytelling about global themes.   

The first place winner is Jan Banning for his project Law & Order shedding light on the criminal justice system in four countries. Honorable mentions are Michael Joseph for Lost & Found, Pierpaolo Mittica for The Nuclear Legacy, Annalisa Natali Murri for La Nieve y la Flor, and Sadegh Souri for Waiting for Capital Punishment (Iran).

We very much want to thank the jurors for this Call for Entries:
  • Barbara Ayotte: Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health
  • Barbara Davidson: Photographer and Photo Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Alice Gabriner: International Photo Editor, Time Magazine
  • Elizabeth Krist: Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
  • Molly Roberts: Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Glenn Ruga: Founder & Director, Social Documentary Network
  • Mikko Takkunen: Photo Editor, New York Times
  • Jamie Wellford: Independent photo editor and consultant

SDN would also like to thank all the photographers who submitted to this call for entries. Click here for more information on this Call for Entries and the prizes received by the winners. Click here to view all the submissions.   

First Place
Jan Banning
Law & Order 
Jan Banning  
Kakira Police Station in Jinja, Uganda. Constable #11431, John Ndalira.
Photograph by Jan Banning from Law & Order 

In Law & Order, Jan Banning is contributing to the public debate regarding our approach to crime, especially punishment: do we want retribution or correction?

In the US, the number of prisoners has quadrupled in 40 years to 707 per 100,000 inhabitants. In Colombia, this number is approximately 250, in France and Uganda around 100; in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, approximately 60-70.

Of the four countries in this essay, only the US carries out the death penalty. There is no credible scientific evidence that the death penalty deters criminal behavior. As for the threat of imprisonment: research confirms time and time again that it is also not a deterrent.

What does contribute to the fight against crime is public confidence in the police and other criminal justice agencies. Criminologists have made it convincingly clear that economic inequality is the best predictor of crime and violence. Combating crime is not just a matter of keeping dangerous individuals in check but also of social justice.

Jan Banning Jan Banning studied history before becoming a photographic artist. He gained worldwide recognition with Bureaucratics, which was shown in museums and galleries in 20 countries on five continents. Banning's other well-known books include: Traces of War (2005), Comfort Women (2010) and Down and Out in the South (2013). Among Banning's many awards is a World Press Photo Award. His documentary artwork has been widely published and is in collections, both private and public, such as the High Museum of Art Atlanta, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. He lives in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Honorable Mentions
In alphabetical order 

Michael Joseph
by Michael Joseph/ United States

"Lost and Found" examines the individual souls of lost youth who abandon home to travel around the United States by hitchhiking and freight train hopping. Within a journey driven by wanderlust, escapism or a search for transient jobs, they find community in their traveling friends. ...

Pierpaolo Mittica
by Pierpaolo Mittica/ Japan, Russia, Ukraine

Since the use of civilian nuclear energy began in the early 50s, thousands of more or less serious incidents have occurred in nuclear reactors scattered around the world. Three of these major incidents have marked the history and life of millions of people, past, present and future. These include...

Annalisa Natali Murri
by Annalisa Natali Murri/ Cuba

Humans have always migrated for dissimilar reasons, but the Russian migration to Cuba is the only one of this magnitude that has been impelled by love. Cuba has maintained for decades ideological and cultural ties with USSR. Among many things, this led thousands to travel from the island to the Soviet...

Sadegh Souri
by Sadegh Souri/ Iran

According to the Iranian laws, the age when girls are held accountable for criminal punishment is 9 years old, while the international conventions have banned the death penalty for persons under 18. In Iran, the death penalty for children is used for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking...

In alphabetical order

Portrait of the Cuban School of Ballet>>
by Rebekah Bowman/ Cuba

The Cuban National Ballet School's reputation for training world-class dancers using a method codified by its founders to express a Latin aesthetic and sensibility, and classical ballet's tremendous popularity on the island...

Brick Workers>>
by Anja Bruehling/ India

Brick building in India is a back-breaking work compounded by issues of bonded labor, exploitation of the poor, and lack of education. There are over 100,000 kilns throughout India with an estimated 12.5 million to 25 million workers. India's brick industry contributes nearly $4 billion to the ...

Lesvos Point Zero>>
by Margarita Mavromichalis/ Greece

We can argue about politics, the economy, religion and all we can think of, but there should be no arguments when it comes to human lives in peril.  I come from a country, Greece, that has been facing the worse economic crisis in modern history and its people have been suffering more ...

Recovery: Life in Sierra Leone after Ebola>>
by Sara B. May/ Sierra Leone

Post-Ebola media coverage has focused upon how international relief efforts could help rebuild the ravaged Sierra Leone economy and healthcare systems. However, the heart of the story remains how Sierra Leoneans are confronting their fears of exposure to regain their sense of place within ...

A story of a dead horse>>
by Jordi Pizarro/ India

In only four decades, Ghoramara has lost more than 75 percent of its territory. Erosion and sea rising due to climate change are responsible for such a loss. While expert look for scientific explanations, the island's five thousand inhabitants strive to protect what is left and get prepared for ...

Puppet Show>>
by Anik Rahman/ Bangladesh

From November 2013 to February 2015, Bangladesh has passed through sheer horror and uncertainty due to the ongoing fierce political unrest that sparked due to the clash between Bangladesh National Party (Opposition Party) and Bangladesh Awami League (Ruling Party)...

India's Third Gender - Transgender Women in Hindu Culture>>
by Sami Siva/ India

For a 20-year-old transgender woman, Tamil, making a living depends on sex work. Social stigma and marginalization all but bars her from traditional employment and leaves her no choice but to resort to sex work and occasional performances at village festivities and funerals...

Journey to a new life.>>
by Yusuke Suzuki/ Greece

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq escaped war in their own country and are dreaming a new life in Europe. They pay $1,200-$2,000 to smugglers to risk their life to cross the ocean between Turkey and Greece. When they arrive on the shore of the island of Lesvos in Greece, some...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death>>
by Matic Zorman/ Occupied Palestinian Territories

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death is the testament of people, uprooted by war -- already refugees -- who were forced, in the ultimate stages, to equal death with liberty. Over the Mediterranean Sea, a mixture of matters such as impotent political decisions, human traffickers' greed, fear...

Beyond the borders - explorations among the refugees of the South Caucasus>>
by Jan Zychlinski/ Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nagorno Karabakh

From September 2014 to February 2015, I traveled through the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan) to document the fate and living conditions of refugees from the conflicts after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In several previous visits to the Caucasus I encountered...