Winner – 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award |

Adriane Ohanesian is an American photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

“At times the journalist’s reflection of war is most telling. Courage is not only standing amid gunfire in battle, but possessing the emotional courage it takes to immerse your own heart in bearing witness to the anguish of those most vulnerable in any conflict, and portraying them with honesty and dignity.
We loved reflecting upon her work. Adriane approaches storytelling with remarkable skill and an ability to capture the emotional resonance of difficult moments. We very much look forward to seeing what she will do in years to come.”

In 2012, Ohanesian began covering the news in South Sudan for Reuters. She has photographed the Sudanese refugees living in South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and the border demarcation and fight over oil between Sudan and South Sudan. She has continued to document the civil war in South Sudan, fighting in Somalia, clashes in Burundi,and, most recently, the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Ohanesian’s ongoing focus has been on the impact that conflict has on isolated civilian populations. She strives to cover all aspects of conflict, often exploring the isolation and desperation of people who have no other choice but
to endure the reality of life within a war zone.

Ohanesian attended the Eddie Adams workshop in 2014, where she received an award from National Geographic. She has also been recognized as one of Magnum Photo’s top ‘30 under 30’ and received LensCulture’s Emerging Talent award for her photographs of women soldiers in rebel-controlled Kachin, Myanmar. In 2015, she was selected as one of Getty Images Emerging Photographers, and in 2016, she won a World Press Photo award for her work in Darfur. Ohanesian’s photographs have been published by Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, the New Yorker, and TIME.

Ohanesian received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and conflict resolution from Colorado College in 2008 and graduated from the International Center of Photography’s photojournalism and documentary photography program in 2010. Upon the completion of her degree, she moved to Sudan and has been photographing mainly in Africa ever since.

“At the end of the day it’s not about me; it’s about the lives of the people in the pictures. My photographs document what I’ve seen in isolated areas of the world. I hope the people I photograph feel that these photos communicate their circumstances to the outside world. It takes a massive amount of trust on the part of my subjects to know that I’m accurately representing them and their story.”

  Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Ohanesian in Darfur

Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Ohanesian in Abyei

Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Ohanesian in Darfur

 

Adriane Ohanesian’s Photos

Warning: Images contain violent content

  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Central Darfur – March 4, 2015: The Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) climb towards the front lines in the last rebel-held territory in Central Darfur.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Central Darfur – March 2, 2015: Women and children sit outside of a cave where they have fled to escape bombing by the Sudanese government’s forces inside rebel-held territory in Central Darfur.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Central Darfur, Sudan – March 2, 2015: Hundreds of women and children who have fled the fighting or are seeking shelter from the continued bombing by the Sudanese government’s forces, live in a cave.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Central Darfur, Sudan – March 4, 2015: Members of the rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army, led by Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW), defend a mountain from the Sudanese government forces in Central Darfur.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Central Darfur, Sudan – February 27, 2015: Adam Abdel, age 7, was badly burned when a bomb dropped on February 12, 2015 by a Sudanese government’s Antonov plane, landed next to his family’s home in Burgu, Central Darfur.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Munuki West, South Sudan – January 19, 2014: SPLA government soldiers looted and burned civilian houses of people from the Nuer tribe, setting the stage for the current civil war in the Juba neighborhood.

 
  (c)Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Mogadishu, Somalia – May 4, 2014: Men believed to be members of al Shabaab’s assassination and security group, Amniyat, sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Obock, Djibouti – January 13, 2016: A mother who fled the war in Yemen with her three children, comforts her baby who is sick and can not access medicine in the refugee camp.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Obock, Djibouti – January 12, 2016: Ethiopian migrants waiting to be smuggled by boat to Yemen, and eventually find their way to Saudi Arabia in search of work, live under a tree outside of the town of Obock.

 
  (c) Adriane Ohanesian

Adriane Ohanesian

Obock, Djibouti – January 12, 2016: A young Ethiopian girl walks towards a meeting with other migrants and their smugglers in the hope of making it onto one of the illegal boats that will bring her to Yemen and then on to Saudi Arabia.

 
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