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2014 Recipient for Photojournalism: Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock

Sinclair and Dimmock share this award for their work on the U.N. Population Fund project "Too Young to Wed," which documents the issue of child marriage in the developing world, where one in three girls is married while underage. Too Young To Wed is also a nonprofit whose goal is to eradicate child marriage through international and local advocacy and exhibitions as well as direct on-the-ground support.

Photojournalist and activist Stephanie Sinclair is the founder and executive director of Too Young To Wed. She has been documenting child marriage for more than a decade; she began after encountering young Afghan women who'd set themselves on fire. From Afghanistan, she went on to photograph underage wives in Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Yemen, and the United States. Her images on this topic have been published in thousands of publications worldwide and her main editorial clients include National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. She also won three World Press Photo awards and three Visa d'Ors at the Visa Pour L'Image photo festival for this work. Sinclair has won numerous other awards including the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, her photographs of self-immolation in Afghanistan were exhibited as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York.

Jessica Dimmock is a Brooklyn-based director, cinematographer, and photographer and graduate of our photojournalism program. Her first monograph, The Ninth Floor, depicted heroin users in an apartment in New York's Flatiron district. In addition to "Too Young to Wed," Dimmock worked on the The Weight of the Nation (HBO), Years of Living Dangerously (Showtime), and the Emmy-nominated Doctors Without Borders' film series Starved for Attention. She won the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest for directing an online feature for "Too Young to Wed" as well as the Kodak Award for Cinematography from the Hamptons International Film Festival for the feature Without. Dimmock has also won numerous awards for still photography, including the F Award for Concerned Photography. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including Forma, the International Center of Photography, Foam, and the Pompidou. Her first feature-length documentary, Brick, which she directed and shot with Christopher LaMarca, was accepted into the 2013 IFP Spotlight on Documentary Lab.

Image: Stephanie Sinclair. "Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. © Stephanie Sinclair/VII.

© Stephanie Sinclair / VII / TooYoungtoWed.org
© Stephanie Sinclair / VII / TooYoungtoWed.org