Nicola Ókin Frioli
Nicola Ókin Frioli
Mustafa Bilge Satkın
Cinzia Canneri
Michael Snyder

First-Place Winners: Nicola Ókin Frioli & Cinzia Canneri

Honorable Mention Winners: Rasha Al Jundi, Antonio Denti, Nyani Quarmyne, Jean Ross, Mustafa Bilge Satkın, Michael Snyder

ZEKE Award for Systemic Change

Piatsaw: A Document on the Resistance of the Native Peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon Against Extractivism.

by Nicola Ókin Frioli

This photo-documentary tells the story of the resistance that the Indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon have waged against extractive companies that threaten their territories through continuous concessions and contamination caused by the oil company Texaco, during its presence in the country.

ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography

Women’s Bodies as Battlefield

by Cinzia Canneri

The targeting of women’s bodies in times of war, but also in times of peace, has come to light as a systematic strategy that has been used by different actors in many different contexts worldwide. This project has analyzed the condition of Eritrean and Tigrinya women who moved across the borders of three countries geopolitically linked to one another: Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan. From 2017 to 2019, the work has documented Eritrean women fleeing from one of the most repressive regimes in the world and seeking refuge in Ethiopia.



Italian photojournalist Cinzia Canneri has a Masters in Photojournalism from WSP in Rome, a degree in Psychology and extensive experience working in a mental health department. Specializing in stories about the human condition, social change, gender and immigration issues, she has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa. Published in various international magazines such as The New York Times, her work has won two awards.

Nicola Ókin Frioli is an Italian freelance photographer. A fine arts graduate, he has worked for 20 years in documentary photography and advertising campaigns, traveling mainly in Mexico and the Ecuadorian Amazon. His work has been published in magazines such as The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, Stern, El País Semanal and others. He has received numerous awards and held exhibitions in various countries.

Rasha Al Jundi is a Palestinian visual storyteller who grew up in the UAE. Moving to Lebanon for higher education, she worked with partners to coordinate rural development and environmental programs. An Ian Parry scholar and graduate of the Documentary and Visual Photojournalism program at the International Center for Photography, she attempts to decolonize oversimplified narratives around historical injustices and their contemporary impact on individuals and marginalized groups.

Sicilian-born Antonio Denti is an award-winning news cameraman, in love with still photography. A Reuters staff video journalist for over 20 years, he covered conflict in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Lebanon. His award-winning still pictures have been featured in various international online photography publications. He believes that visual story-telling can help counter the contemporary tendency towards results-focused, standardized journalism, creating more authentic, respectful narratives.

Nyani Quarmyne is a freelance photographer focused on global health, the environment, and our shared humanity, published in The New York Times, El País, and others. His commissioned work ranges from documenting famine in the Sahel, to grassroots connectivity efforts in Kyrgyzstan, to CSR projects for global brands. Personal work includes the global snakebite crisis, climate change, and exploring the lives of a cloister of nuns in the Caucasus mountains.

Jean Ross is a California-born documentary and street photographer exploring the interplay between people and place. Studying at the International Center of Photography, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Mexico and several online publications. As a public policy researcher and advocate, she has sought to reduce inequality and promote economic and human rights nationally and abroad.

Istanbul-based Mustafa Bilge Satkın is an independent award-winning documentary photographer with a doctorate in photography from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Primarily focused on the Middle East, his work has been published by Anadolu Agency and others, and he has participated in national and international solo and group exhibitions. With the hope for a better world, he focuses on social injustice, climate change, and migration issues.

Artist, educator, and environmental activist, Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker who uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and conservation to create narratives that drive social impact. Michael is a Portrait of Humanity Award Winner, a Climate Journalism Fellow at the Bertha Foundation, a Blue Earth Alliance Photographer, a National Geographic Contributor, and a Resident Artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, among others.


  • Social Documentary Network (SDN)

    Social Documentary Network (SDN)

    The Social Documentary Network (SDN), founded in 2008, is a global community of documentary photographers, editors, curators, NGOs, journalists, and others, who believe in the power of visual storytelling to build understanding and appreciation for the complexities, diversity nuances, wonders, and contradictions that abound in the world today.

    Since our founding, the SDN website has featured more than 4,000 exhibits by nearly 3,000 photographers from all corners of the globe.

    Our flagship publication, ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary, is printed twice a year in print and year-round in digital, and features the most successful projects from the SDN website.

    We also create gallery exhibitions, educational programs, lecture series, award programs, and portfolio reviews.

    Recent stories on SDN and in ZEKE have explored sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, the war in Gaza, migration from Central America to the U.S., the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, the rising seas of Antarctica, life in Iran, asylum in America, teen mothers, and many other global themes.

2023 ZEKE Award Winners

 archive : 2023

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Glenn Ruga

Presented by: Social Documentary Network and Zeke Magazine
  • Social Documentary Network (SDN)


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