Vanessa Charlot

2021 Awardee | Courage in Journalism Awards

Vanessa Charlot is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer whose work covers stories where race, identity, politics and economics intersect. She has worked throughout the United States, Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Her work has been commissioned by the New York Times, Gucci, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Apple, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Artnet News, among other national and international publications. She was recently awarded the Green Family Foundation Award, and was among those listed in New York Times’ 5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now.

Vanessa’s extensive coverage of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, during the onset of the pandemic in American cities, garnered national attention and praise. In addition to BLM, she also covered the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, former President Trump’s rallies in St. Louis, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work, whether it’s covering BLM, Covid-19’s impact, gun laws or immigration, always added new voices and important perspectives to the conversation, pushing the culture forward to a more balanced and humane perspective of self and what is deemed other.

Taking part in the IWMF’s Next Gen Safety Trainers, Vanessa is in a unique position as part of the selected cohort to take part in the training as our voice between the committee and those in training. Of the program, she says: “This project equips journalists with the capability to be conscious of how their identity impacts their safety within dynamic situations and for them to have the skills they need to keep themselves safe while sharing pertinent stories with the world.”