I´m honored and very happy to have received this years Photodocumentary Award, from Arbetets Museum along with Per Anders Pettersson, Maja Daniels and Jan Nordström. It´s an award you can´t apply for. The Arbetets (Work) Museum has since 2001 awarded photographers for their projects or work with documentary focus. An award instituted to mark the importance of photojournalism and to stimulate new contemporary photo documentaries.
"Such an ethos might help to explain the spirit of San Francisco-based Catchlight's Activist Awards, an annual photography contest that honors both professional and emerging individuals whose visual work focuses on the issues -- underrepresented as they might be -- of our time. The 2014 winners certainly uphold the promise: Swedish professional Åsa Sjöström's "The Secret Camps" documents life in a secluded refuge for women and children, emerging Tamil photographer Amirtharaj Stephen's "Koodankulam: A Nuclear Plant In My Backyard" chronicles community protesters in opposition of the Indian and Russian Government's Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP)." Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post
Time Lightbox about the Catchlight Activist Award
"Since 2009, however, the industry has undergone radical change, and the traditional path for photographers to fund and distribute their stories has been severely disrupted with fewer editorial assignments available and greater competition in an ever-expanding field.
Recognizing that photography has entered a new era, PhotoPhilanthropy is operating its own transformation, relaunching under a new name: Catchlight, and with a broader mission, the organization tells TIME."