Mexican photographer Josué Rivas won the FotoEvidence 2018 award from World Press Photo for his book Standing Strong. The latter will be published in the spring by FotoEvidence, whose project created in 2010 seeks to document human rights violations, injustices and social conflicts through photography.
Standing Strong is the result of seven months spent with the indigenous peoples, their allies, supporters and friends on the Standing Rock Indian Reserve, North Dakota. This reserve was at the very heart of protests and demands for indigenous rights, climate protection and fight against deregulation imposed by the Trump government. In March 2017, Trump ordered the dismantling of the camp and continued construction of an oil pipeline under the Missouri River, at the risk of polluting the water on which the Indian peoples depend.
Following his photographic work, Josué Rivas created the Standing Strong Project and was named a member of the Magnum Foundation’s Social Justice program.
The launch of the book will coincide with the main exhibition of the winners of the World Press Photo, next April in Amsterdam.