Honorable Mention – 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award |

Paula Bronstein is an American photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is currently a freelancer represented by Reportage/Getty Images covering turmoil and conflict throughout the world.

“Paula has worked across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, documenting crises and seismic shifts in international events. Her long and successful career are indicative of her work ethic and commitment. As a seasoned photojournalist with unending drive and dedication to tell the stories of those in the grasp of tragedy and war, her work is recognized for its commanding impact.”

Paula Bronstein has over 30 years of experience in journalism. Bronstein was on staff at a variety of U.S. newspapers including The New Haven Register, The Hartford Courant, and The
Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Bangkok. From 2002-2013, she worked for Getty Images as a Staff Photographer covering news specializing in stories taking place in Asia. Paula’s
images have been published in almost every globally recognized publication. She continues to photograph presidents and kings, natural disasters, political turmoil and conflict, and always the most impoverished and vulnerable people on this earth, from Mongolia to Afghanistan to Greece.

Her images have been nominated and recognized for photography contests including The Pulitzer, Pictures of The Year International, The National Press Photographer’s Association. Her
work has been featured in recent exhibitions, including: “Afghanistan’s Health Crisis,” Lido, Italy (October 2015) and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (December 13, 2014 –
May 3, 2015); “Women in War” at the 2014 Korea Photo Biennale; and “Women Between Peace and War –Afghanistan,” exhibited in New York, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Other venues include War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik –“Women War Photographers,”Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France (2008), The Fence an outdoor Photography Exhibition – Photoville, New York (2014).

Bronstein earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York; she has also attended the University of Colorado.

“I learn, explore and challenge myself everyday as a photojournalist. I have always been interested in documenting social and political issues and connecting with different people and cultures covering the forgotten victims of conflict.”

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Bronstein in Afghanistan

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Bronstein in Mongolia

 

Paula Bronstein’s Photos

Warning: Images contain violent content

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Lesbos, Greece – October 31, 2015: Refugees arriving to the island of Lesbos fall out of a boat as it capsizes landing in rough seas coming from Turkey. Winter seas have done little to stem the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty trying to get to Europe. More than a million people reached Europe in 2015 in the continent’s largest refugee influx since the end of World War II. Nearly all of those entering Greece on a boat from Turkey are from the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

 
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Lesbos, Greece – October 23, 2015: Miserable weather creates more suffering for refugees as a tired, cold Afghan child cries standing for hours trapped at the gates waiting to register at Moria camp. Winter seas have done little to stem the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty trying to get to Europe.

 
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Lesbos, Greece – October 30, 2015: Doctor Essam Daod from Haifa, Israel (center) performsCPR trying to save the life of a refugee who was rescued from the open waters of the Aegean
Sea. The man died despite the efforts of the lifeguards and medical personnel to revive him. Winter seas have done little to stem the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or
poverty trying to get to Europe.

 
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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

Lesbos, Greece – October 25, 2015: An Iraqi father cries as he holds his daughter after arriving safely on Greek shores. Cold weather and rough seas have done little to stem the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty trying to get to Europe.

 
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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

Kabul, Afghanistan – April 10, 2015: Widow Naiz Bibi claims she is 68 but really can’t remember clearly. She has had a very hard life, blinded in one eye she fled up north to the IDP camps of Kabul from the war torn province of Helmand. Naiz barely survived after she lost seven members of her family during a NATO air strike including her husband, daughter and two
sons. The eight that survived are now helping to take care of her since she is in bad health, 2 living in the squalid Nasaji Bagrami camp outside of Kabul for thousands of war refugees. More than three decades of uninterrupted war in Afghanistan has mass produced widows who live in extreme poverty, often seen begging in Kabul’s traffic choked streets. The overall number of widows is not known, but it is thought to range from several hundred thousand to two million.

 
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Lashkah Gar, Afghanistan – June 22, 2014: Noor Bibi sits next to her son, Ghulam Hazrat, 8 months old, weighing 2.3kg, suffering from severe malnutrition in the Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit at Boost hospital in Lashkah Gar, Afghanistan. The baby was fed cow milk when the mother could no longer breast feed. Since 2009, MSF has been supporting activities in Boost provincial hospital for at risk patients in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

 
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Barpak, Nepal – May 1, 2015: A man stands outside his home amongst the destruction in the village of Barpak, in Gorkha province close to the epicenter of the earthquake where over sixty
percent was destroyed killing around 60 people. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. With a magnitude of 7.8. It was the worst natural
disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.

 
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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

Bhaktapur, Nepal – May 8, 2015: Relatives mourn the death of Kiran Prajapati, 40, who was found in the ruins of a Kathmandu building after it collapsed from the devastating earthquake.
It took 13 days to find his body prolonging the suffering for the family. He was cremated in Bhaktapur where he was from.

 
  (c) Paula Bronstein

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

Hong Kong – October 3, 2014: Residents of Kowloon who are pro-Beijing fight with a student democracy protester in the Mongkok neighborhood as tensions continue to rise.

 
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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Reportage

Bangkok, Thailand – February 1, 2014: Gunmen open fire as anti-government protesters run as chaotic violence escalates before the controversial elections.

 
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