The ceremony for the W. Eugene Smith Awards was held last Wednesday at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The 2014 first prize, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, was given to Joseph Sywenkyj for his long-term project showing the life of a Ukrainian family. The $30,000 grant will help him continue documenting their struggle. Although he grew up in the United States, Sywenkyj has always maintained close ties with Ukraine, his parents’ home country which he has visited many times.
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