MSH Announces Winners of 2014 Photography Fellowship

{Photo credit: Warren Zelman, 2012 MSH Photo Fellow}Photo credit: Warren Zelman, 2012 MSH Photo Fellow

From a pool of more than 140 submissions, Management Sciences of Health (MSH) is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2014 MSH Photography Fellowship: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu of France and Mark Tuschman of the US. MSH first launched our Global Photography Fellowship in December of 2012. Tuschman and Dubourthoumieu will each receive a $4,000 honorarium and spend up to two weeks documenting the breadth of MSH’s work in the countries where we work. Travels to the chosen MSH footprint countries will occur from January to April of 2014. Photographers will work with local staff to capture their work at all levels of the health system: from households and families to community-based health workers to doctors and nurses in the health centers to government officials and ministers of health. For the Fellowship, MSH partnered with (SDN), a documentary image-sharing website, who managed the international call to photographers on behalf of MSH. SDN will also feature an exhibition of all the winners’ work at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, February 27-March 23, 2014, with an opening reception on February 27, 2014. Both MSH and SDN very much want to thank the jurors for their support:

  • Shahidul Alam, Founder, Drik Photo Agency, Bangladesh
  • Barbara Ayotte, Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health, Boston
  • Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-Chief, Polka Magazine, Paris
  • Manoocher Deghati, AP Middle East Regional Photo Editor, Cairo
  • Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, Director, Anastasia Photo, New York
  • Glenn Ruga, Founder and Director,, Boston

MSH extends our appreciation to all the photographers who submitted to this call for entries and wishes to acknowledge our partner, SDN—especially Glenn Ruga—for all their help in launching and managing the call for entries.

{Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu}Photo credit: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu became interested in photography while working in East Africa and the Horn of Africa (Somaliland, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan). Dubourthoumieu moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2007 and worked as a professional photographer based in Kinshasa from 2010 to 2012, regularly collaborating, among others, with the French Press Agency (AFP). He recently moved to Paris and currently works as a freelancer. Since 2010, his work has been regularly awarded. This year, he was awarded the Sophot Prize in France, and was finalist of both the Aftermath grant and the Bourse du Talent. Last year, Dubourthoumieu received the Photoreporter Festival of Saint Brieuc grant to continue a long-term project about copper mining in the Southeastern province of Katanga, DRC, which also reached the final at the Photo Philanthropy Professional Award. In addition, his work “Turkana warriors” has been short listed at the Sony World Photography Awards in the category “Fine Art—Portraiture,” and his series of portraits of women victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo reached the final of the Bourse du Talent. The same year, his feature about “the child-witches of Kinshasa” was awarded the jury’s special prize at the 8th Days Japan International Photojournalism Festival. In 2011, the same work was awarded the jury’s special mention at the Roger Pic Prize and the investigation prize at the European Journalism Festival. Dubourthoumieu also received the Getty Images Creative Grant. In 2010, he was already short listed among the exceptional finalists of the same grant and was awarded the jury special prize at the International Scoop and Journalism festival of Angers for his work “Etat d’Armes,” about ammunitions and weapons stockpiles in the Congo. As a photographer, Gwenn continues his commitment to humanitarian issues and regularly collaborates with NGOs, foundations, and UN agencies. His work has also been featured in many international magazines (including Paris Match, ELLE, Le Figaro Magazine, VSD, Sunday Times Magazine, De Morgen, Der Spiegel, Days Japan) and is permanently exhibited at the Carte Blanche Gallery in San Francisco.


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{Photo credit: Mark Tuschman}Photo credit: Mark Tuschman

Mark Tuschman has worked as an international freelance photographer for more than 33 years. As a photographer committed to issues of global health and development, Tuschman received the Photographer of the Year award from the Global Health Council in 2009-2010. His work has been featured in many internal health and development conferences, including the Pacific Health Summit in London in 2010, a conference promoting women’s reproductive health care; and the Audacia Forum, a conference on girls’ education in New York in 2011. Most recently, many of his images were used to illustrate the UNFPA 7 Billion Campaign. Tuschman’s photographs were exhibited at the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia in 2013. In 2012, he documented the issues of dowry abuse and child brides in India; this work was featured at a one man show at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. For the past two years, he has been featured in Global Visions, a retrospective juried exhibit at the World Affairs Council.

Over the years, Tuschman has collaborated with several NGO’s including The Global Fund for Women, EngenderHealth, Packard Foundation, Planned Parenthood, WomensTrust, and UNFPA to document and promote the essential work of these groups and their grantees.

Tuschman is currently documenting the Merck for Mothers initiative that will highlight their programs to reduce maternal mortality. He plans to publish Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge which will document the lack of autonomy that women and girls face in the developing world and the efforts designed to empower them. “Photography is a universal language and it is my hope that my images will move viewers to respond not only with empathy, but also with action.”

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