ART WORKS Projects is proud to announce Brittany Greeson as the winner of the 2020 Emerging Lens Mentorship Program, a competition supporting an emerging photographer’s work on a human rights or social justice issue. Greeson began closely documenting Flint’s water crisis in 2015 as an intern at the local paper The Flint Journal and has maintained a close engagement with this story ever since. Greeson describes the project:
No child in America should have to fear their tap water. No parent in America should have to fight for basic services. No community in America should have to prove over and over again how resilient they are. With the support of ART WORKS and through collaborative documentary storytelling, it’s my hope to amplify the experiences of Flint children and their families in the national conversation. This community is not only having to navigate decades of disinvestment, diminished school resources for special education, and water insecurity, they are now tackling the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the rest of the nation. Ultimately, the resulting project will connect viewers to their world and aims to inspire tangible change in public policy.
Emerging Lens is ART WORKS Projects’ annual, juried photography competition for photographers age 18 to 27 whose work focuses on social justice and human rights. The program is currently in its sixth year and was open to photographers based in the United States.
Supporting upcoming documentary photographers and filmmakers through mentoring and providing a platform for their work is an integral part of AWP’s mission. Through the Emerging Lens program, AWP hopes to encourage the rising generation of photojournalists to use the power of their lenses to address human rights and social justice issues.
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To learn how to become a sponsor of the Emerging Lens Mentorship, please contact Cate Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above images: Brittany Greeson
Brittany Greeson was born in Houston, Texas in 1993 and spent her childhood hopping from Appalachia, to the Carolinas and finally to Kentucky where she earned her B.A. in sociology at Western Kentucky University.
Greeson is an independent photographer primarily working with national news outlets and is based in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has been presented in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Reuters, The Ground Truth Project, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, AARP, The Bleacher Report, Vice Magazine, Bloomberg, TIME, Mother Jones, Buzzfeed News, Narratively, Victory Journal, Teach for America’s One Day Magazine, Education Week, Yahoo News, Getty Images, and The Detroit Free Press.
Prior to freelancing, she interned at The Oregonian, The Roanoke Times, The Flint Journal, The Washington Post, The San Antonio Express News and was an international student at The Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark.
In the Fall of 2015, she was awarded the Atlanta Photojournalism Workshop’s Dave Martin Student Grant to continue work documenting the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
In 2016, she was awarded first place in the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championship and joined the Emerging Talent roster with Getty Images.
Most recently, she was a reporting fellow for a project titled “Crossing the Divide” with The Ground Truth Project. She subsequently received the 2018 Michigan Press Photographer of the Year award from the Michigan Press Photographers Association. She hopes to continue documenting American daily life and issues of socioeconomic and gender inequality.