A story about several families living with poverty and gun violence in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri and a series of double-exposure portraits that examine Native Americans have won 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Awards for photography.
Laurie Skrivan, a staff photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, won the award for Photography - Domestic with an essay of black-and-white photos showing the daily lives of people living in dangerous neighborhoods. Many of her photos were published in a special report titled “The Crisis Within, How Toxic Stress and Trauma Endanger Our Children.”
The yearlong project was part of the paper’s commitment to covering the local issue of violence after the story of Ferguson was no longer leading national news, said Lynden Steele, assistant managing editor of photography at the Post-Dispatch.
Daniella Zalcman won the award for Photography - International for her work in Canada on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools designed to forcibly assimilate indigenous children into Western culture. Zalcman’s work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Her highly stylized portraits depict the people who made it through those schools. Each photo combines an image of a survivor with an image related to his or her memories of the residential school. She used a combination of film cameras and an iPhone to make the images and then used an iPhone app to create the montages.
The journalism awards are presented by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to outstanding projects reporting on human rights issues, social justice and the results of individual action with an emphasis on insights into the causes and conditions of these situations.
These awards, along with 11 other journalism categories, will be presented on May 23 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.