2011 MANUEL RIVERA ORTIZ FOUNDATION: FIRST PRIZE for MADS NISSEN

Mads Nissen

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography is proud to announce our 2011 Photography Grant Program recipient: MADS NISSEN

Danish photographer Mads Nissen, 31, our 2011 Grant Recipient, was also First Prize winner in multimedia earlier this year at the Danish Press Photo of the Year award. At the same event last year he was awarded Best Photographer of the Year. Most recently Mr. Nissen became the recipient of a World Press Photo award for his story of an 18-month-old Nepalese orphan with hydrocephalus.
Mr. Nissen’s proposal to our foundation titled “No Shelter from Fear,” proved to us not only an uncommon creative enterprise in the way photographic stories are told, but also a very intimate understanding by Mr. Nissen of the real lives of people. “No Shelter from Fear” aims to place focus on Colombia’s internally displaced. The project is based on the story of Colombian refugee Leidy Vivianna Rendon, whom Mr. Nissen personally met while photographing in the slums of Bogotá one year ago. Mr. Nissen’s compelling story proposal, coupled with an extraordinary 15-image B&W portfolio presentation, compelled the unanimous decision to award him with this year’s grant.

Mads Nissen