Maria Sturm has been awarded with the Phmuseum Women Photographers Grant 2018 for her project "You Don't Look Native to Me". The series shows excerpts from the lives of young Native Americans from around Pembroke, North Carolina, where 89% of the city’s population identifies as Native American, but have not been federally recognized, which means they don't have a reservation nor any monetary benefits.

Aïda Mulune says about Maria Sturm's series: "There is a saying that “a photographer doesn’t take the photo but it is given by the sitter”, this is true in each of Maria Sturm’s frames which are juxtaposed between moments and the trust that she has built with those that she has captured. In essence, her project You Don’t Look Native To Me offers us a glimpse into a long-term project that portrays a community at the crossroads of the past and the future."

Second prize goes to Sinead Kennedy's "To Set Fire to the Sea" while the third prize has been given to Sabiha Çimen's "KKK (Quaran School for Girls)". Special mentions also for Melissa Spitz, Karolina Gembara, Elena Anosova, Ksenia Kuleshova and Diana Markosian.

All the awarded series will be published by YET magazine.

The New Generation Prize goes to "Drummies" by Alice Mann, a work "depicting the unique and aspirational subculture surrounding all-female teams of drum majorettes in South Africa."

The Vogue Italia Prizes go to Roselena Ramistella, Kati Leinonen and Nanna Heitmann, while Ayline Olukman's "Psyche" wins a solo show at the next Verzasca Foto Festival.

The international jury was composed by Karen McQuaid (Senior Curator, The Photographers' Gallery), Alessandra Sanguinetti (Photographer), Aïda Muluneh (Photographer, Filmmaker and Curator) and Pamela Chen (Creative Lead, Instagram).

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