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Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale has spent more than seven years covering the brutal conflict within the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His work has been published in the book One Hundred Years of Darkness, which has been recognized as one of the best photojournalism books of 2002 by Photo District News (PDN) in the U.S. 

Bleasdale is widely published in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S. in publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Geo, Stern, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine.

Bleasdale has received much acclaim for his work over the years, including several first prizes in Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2004 he was awarded the UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award, the 3P Photographer Award and the Alexia Foundation Grant. He exhibited in New York at Moving Walls in 2005 and was awarded the Open Society Institute Distribution Grant 2005 for his work with Human Rights Watch. His images have also been chosen by PDN as one of the most iconic of the 21st century.
In 2005, Bleasdale was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Olivier Rebbot Award for best foreign reporting in the U.S., and he also won a World Press Award for his work on street children in the DRC.
In 2007, Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch were awarded a grant by the Open Society Institute to continue work on justice and accountability in the DRC. That same year he was also awarded $50,000 by the Freedom of Expression Institute in Norway to continue his work on the effects of oil exploration on populations around the world.
Bleasdale commits himself to covering issues underreported and ignored by today’s media.

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