Austin Merrill (Everyday Projects) is a writer, editor, and photographer. A cofounder of Everyday Africa and The Everyday Projects, he is a former West Africa-based correspondent for the Associated Press, and a former editor at Vanity Fair. His writing and photography have been published by Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Wired, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, The New Republic, and others. His photography has been exhibited internationally, and he has received grants and awards from the Open Society Foundations, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Fund for Investigative Journalism, Society of American Travel Writers, and others. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast and earned a Master of International Affairs degree at Columbia University.