Adriane Ohanesian

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Adriane Ohanesian

2016, 2nd prize singles, Contemporary Issues

Born in New York, Adriane received her BA in cultural anthropology and conflict resolution from Colorado College 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.

Adriane has continued to document the civil war in South Sudan, fighting in Somalia, clashes in Burundi, and, most recently, the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Adriane’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. Adriane is based out of Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2015, Adriane was selected as one of Getty Images Emerging Photographers. In 2016, she won a World Press Photo award for her work in Darfur, and the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. In 2017, Adriane was recognized as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging photographers.

Adriane was selected to take part in the Joop Swart Masterclass 2017 in Amsterdam. 






"Stories do come to you, but you also have to be looking for them and you have to be open to anything—open to changing your plans."