Paula Bronstein

Paula Bronstein is a United States freelance photojournalist currently working in Kyiv. Bronstein is best known for her work documenting humanity and covering compelling issues with extensive expertise in many of the world’s conflict regions. She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed photo book “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear,” published by the University of Texas Press in 2016. Beginning in 2002, Bronstein joined the news teams at The New Haven Register, The Hartford Courant, The Chicago Tribune, The Register-Guard, and Getty Images, progressively. She’s also spent extensive time as a freelance photojournalist in Bangkok covering the South Asia region of the world. Bronstein has received numerous awards throughout her long career that spans almost four decades, including being nominated as a finalist for the Breaking News 2011 Pulitzer Prize. In addition, she’s been honored and recognized by the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents, the British Journalism Awards, the Festival of Ethical Photography, the International Photography Awards, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club of America, the National Press Photographers Association, the Prix de la Photography, the Thailand Foreign Correspondents Club, and World Press Photo. Bronstein’s exhibitions have been presented in Australia, Belgium, Croatia, England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and across the United States. Bronstein remarked, “My portfolio shows the diversity of my career, how I work, and how I see. From war to natural disaster, to epidemics and addiction; it’s never easy. But it’s important to be able to bear witness in a way that’s not graphic or exploitive, to make a strong statement, and – when needed – hold power to account.” Bronstein continued, “As a veteran journalist, and a woman, it’s so meaningful for me to accept this award. To know Anja and to receive this in her name, means that my age doesn’t matter: my passion for my work, my energy, and my ability to do my job is what matters. The industry does not always view women in this way, and I am proud to portray what’s possible.”

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