Paula Bronstein

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.” — Award Jury 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.” — Paula Bronstein

Highlights

Reporting

| Heather Gies

The kids aren’t alright — when being young is a crime in El Salvador

Daniel Alemán, 23, walked free after spending over a year behind bars on trumped-up extortion charges in El Salvador. Others are not so lucky. Credit: Victor Peña/The World When Daniel Alemán walked free after spending…

| Jane Hahn, Heather Gies

Once lush, El Salvador is dangerously close to running dry

The country’s shrinking water supply is in jeopardy as weak regulation, lagging services, and climate variability fuel a complex crisis. BY HEATHER GIES PHOTOGRAPHS BY JANE HAHN SAN SALVADOR – As the sun comes up through a thick…

| Heather Gies

El Salvador’s disappearing farmers

Salvadoran youth are abandoning the countryside, leaving behind an increasingly aging population of farmers. Cecilia Lopez, 18, carries a bag of fertilizer to her family’s plot of corn in the village of El Milagro [Heather…

| Heather Gies

Battle for Water Rights Heats Up in El Salvador

Activists demonstrate against water privatization outside the Legislative Assembly after marching from the University of El Salvador, San Salvador, July 5, 2018. Sandra Valladares scrapes together a living, washing windshields in the streets of El…

| Sarah Kinosian

Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border

“She keeps crying and telling me she hates it. ‘I want to be with Dad,’ she always says.” HERIKA MARTINEZ It’s been over a month since Yancy’s seven-year-old daughter was separated from Yancy’s partner, José,…

| Kimberly dela Cruz, Heather Gies

El Salvador’s hidden tragedy: ‘I can’t take the agony any more’

The 45-year-old mother of two has been forced to relocated five times due to gang violence [Kimberly dela Cruz/Al Jazeera] San Salvador – Ana Martinez* sometimes cries of happiness and torment at the same time, relieved…

| Sarah Kinosian, Kimberly dela Cruz

Portraits of Pride: El Salvador

“Play Ariana Grande!” Stacy shouted as she adjusted her tiara. Everything was going well on the biggest party bus in El Salvador’s Pride parade until the speakers blew. The double-decker filled with trans women and…

| Sarah Kinosian, Kimberly dela Cruz

Reunited but traumatised: Salvadoran family split up at border seeks recovery

Arnovis Guidos Portillo was reunited with his daughter a month after being detained, but the experience has left her in distress Arnovis Guido is comforted by a friend after being reunited with his daughter in…

| Sarah Kinosian

All I hear is my daughter, crying’: a Salvadoran father’s plight after separation at border

Arnovis Guidos Portillo was deported from US but his six-year-old daughter remains in custody “Papa, when are you getting me out of here?” asks the small voice on the telephone. Arnovis Guidos Portillo holds his…

| Heather Gies

‘Our country is not a safe place’: why Salvadorans will still head for the US

Poverty and gang violence are driving an exodus, regardless of US asylum reforms Outside the migrants’ attention centre in San Salvador, 19-year-old Berenice Cruz’s eyes dart around nervously before she whispers that she had fled El…

| Paula Bronstein

Faces of defiance: the women fearlessly standing up to the Taliban in Afghanistan

The atmosphere is buzzing. Young men, women and children in their best, brightly coloured outfits clap and cheer, their faces swiped by pink and blue strobe lights. Dry ice rises from the stage, where the…

| Paula Bronstein

South Sudan Refugee Exodus to Uganda Raises Spectre of Rwanda Genocide

More than a million people have fled South Sudan since fighting erupted in late 2013. They have taken refuge in many countries – including Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan – but Uganda, directly…

| Paula Bronstein, Karen Coates

The Onward Struggle: Refugee crisis in Uganda worsens as South Sudanese forced to flee “impending genocide” at home

Photography by Paula Bronstein and Story by Karen Coates for Yahoo News.___ The journey takes days, sometimes weeks, often on foot. The roads are too risky, so they hike through the bush, fleeing gunfire and…