Adriane Ohanesian

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Adriane Ohanesian

2016, 2nd prize singles, Contemporary Issues

Born in upstate 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.

In 2012, Adriane began covering the news in South Sudan for Reuters. She has continued to document the civil war in South Sudan, the border demarcation between Sudan and South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and most recently the conflict in Darfur.

Adriane attended the Eddie Adams workshop in 2014, where she received an award from National Geographic. She has also been recognized as one of Magnum Photo’s top ’30 under 30’ and received LensCulture’s Emerging Talent award for her personal work in rebel-controlled Kachin, Myanmar. In 2015 Adriane was selected as one of Getty Images Emerging Photographers. Adriane’s photographs have been published by: Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and TIME. Adriane currently works as a freelance photographer based out of Nairobi, Kenya.



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"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."