The National Press Photographers Foundation is pleased to announce the Michel du Cille $15,000 fellowship is awarded to Anna Boyiazis

August 29, 2022 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

 Via Nation Press Photographers Foundation

August 29, 2022

students in yellow fill lenghth cloting walk to shore after a swimming lesson, Muyuni Beach, Zanzibar, 2016


The National Press Photographers Foundation is pleased to announce the Michel du Cille $15,000 fellowship is awarded to Anna Boyiazis.

Judge's Comments

In 2016, Boyiazis began photographing her long-term project, Finding Freedom in the Water, in the Indian Ocean off of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The project bears witness to women and girls learning to swim, an act of emancipation. Taking this project to the next level, Boyiazis will expand upon existing work to create a nuanced portrayal of first-generation women and girls to acquire this potentially life-saving skill. 

 “I’m extremely grateful to be named the 2022 Michel du Cille Fellow to expand upon my existing work focused on aquatic safety and drowning prevention. With a deep sense of humility, I welcome this opportunity to celebrate Michel du Cille’s enduring legacy and compassionate spirit!” 

“The approach that Anna used was very refreshing. She took an issue with some complications and issues that needed to be solved. But she also took the high road and said that these humans have other lives. This is not just a downtrodden approach. Anna uplifted these women. And by doing that, she uplifted the viewer in the process of their plight. It is refreshing to see happen!” – juror Dudley Brooks.

 “Anna’s work has a beautiful lyrical feel,” said juror Clinton Cargill. Cargill said, “Anna approached this story with grace, dignity, nuance, and texture. That’s what our coverage of the world should be.”

 Michel’s wife and juror Nikki Kahn added, “Michel loved Africa. Anna shows Africa in the light that was extremely important to Michel, so thank you. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the next body of work.”

 The 2022 fellowship jurors were Dudley Brooks, The Washington Post, Deputy Director of Photography; Clinton Cargill, The New York Times, Assistant Photo Editor; and Nikki Kahn, Sierra Magazine, Photo Editor.


The 2022 fellowship jurors were Dudley Brooks, The Washington Post, Deputy Director of Photography; Clinton Cargill, The New York Times, Assistant Photo Editor; and Nikki Kahn, Sierra Magazine, Photo Editor.

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