the backside of a man with a tattoo with the words, Strength, Respect and Loyalty part of a series called Youth in Northern Ireland

ZEKE Award Winners for Documentary Photography 2019

24 Jul 2019 CONTAINERS
a young child with mud on their face caressing a horse

Featuring: Toby Binder, Rory Doyle>

Presented by

Social Documentary Network and ZEKE Magazine


Curated by

Glenn Ruga






Printing by

Digital Silver Imaging






Youth of Belfast by Toby Binder
Northern Ireland will have to leave the European Union due to the United Kingdom’s Brexit, although a majority of its citizens voted to remain. While the Protestant Unionists voted to leave, the Catholic Nationalists wanted to remain.

This photo essay covers the situation of young people in Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods of Belfast. It shows that kids in Northern Ireland often suffer the same problems no matter on which side of the wall they live: unemployment, drug abuse, violence, and the lack of perspective.

Delta Hill Riders by Rory Doyle
After the Civil War, one in four cowboys in the United States were African American, yet this population is drastically underrepresented in popular accounts. This project sheds light on the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta.

Rory Doyle has captured black heritage rodeos, horse shows, trail rides, Cowboy Nights at black nightclubs, and subjects’ homes across the Delta. It’s a story that’s particularly timely in the current political environment, and one that provides a renewed focus on rural America. Doyle has captured a group of riders showing love for their horses and fellow cowboys/cowgirls, while also passing down traditions and historical perspectives among generations.


Toby Binder (b. 1977, Germany) focuses on social, environmental, and political topics. Now based in Argentina and Germany, he finds his topics in post-war and crisis situations as well as in the daily life of people. He has been awarded internationally: the Nannen Preis in 2017, the Sony World Photography Awards in 2017 and 2019, and the Philip Jones Griffiths Award in 2018. In 2017, he received an Honorable Mention from UNICEF Photo of the Year. His work is published by Stern, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, die Zeit, Greenpeace Magazine, Amnesty Journal, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and others.

Rory Doyle based in Cleveland, Mississippi, was born and raised in Maine before moving to the South in 2009. His work highlights unique Southern subcultures commonly overlooked. Doyle is a 2018 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow for his ongoing project on African American cowboys and cowgirls, Delta Hill Riders. Doyle won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest and the Southern Prize from South Arts organization. The work was featured in the Half King Photo Series in New York and The Print Space Gallery in London before opening at the Delta Arts Alliance in 2019. He the recipient of the ZEISS Photography Award and the EyeEm Awards in Berlin.


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

Since our founding in 2008, the SDN website has featured more than 3,000 exhibits by nearly 2,000 photographers from all corners of the globe. Today, we have grown beyond the boundaries of a computer screen and produce gallery exhibitions, educational programs, calls for entries, and our print magazine, ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary.

Recent exhibits on SDN have explored migration, the rising seas of Antarctica, Iran, asylum in America, teen mothers, and nomads of Kyrgyzstan. The SDN Advisory Committee includes Lori Grinker, Catherine Karnow, Ed Kashi, Eric Luden, Molly Roberts, Jeffrey D. Smith, Jamey Stillings, Stephen Walker, Frank Ward, and Amy Yenkin.

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