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My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze from Georgia. I’m posting for @burndiary. #Day8


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My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze, i’m posting for @burndiary #Day8


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Kakheti, Georgia .My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze, i’m posting for @burndiary this week. #Day8

Ministry of Justice

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Tbilisi, Georgia – Ministry of Justice. My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze I’m posting for @burndiary this week. #Day8


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My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze from Georgia. I’m posting for @burndiary this week. #Day8

Self portrait

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Self p. My name is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze from Georgia. I’m posting for @burndiary this week. #Day8

Day 8

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This is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze from Georgia. I’m postin for @burndiary this week. #Day8

aaron vincent elkaim – where the river runs through

Emerging Photographer Fund – 2015 Honorable Mention

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Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Where the River Runs Through


Plans for what would eventually be called the Belo Monte Dam Complex began in 1975, under the apex of military dictatorship in Brazil. The dam would be built within the Xingu River basin, in the state of Para, home to Brazil’s first indigenous reserve. In 1989 the Kayapo, a warrior tribe who feared for the health of the river that was the centre of their lives, mounted a massive public campaign in opposition of its construction. International financiers soon pulled their support, and the project was shelved.

In 2007, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced the Accelerated Growth Program (PAC), the largest investment package to spur economic growth in Brazil in the past 40 years. A cornerstone of this program is the industrialization of the Amazon, which includes the construction of over 60 major Hydroelectric projects over a 15 year period. Belo Monte is at the forefront. The energy generated from these projects will fuel mining initiatives within the Amazon rainforest and power cities thousands of miles away. Now nearing completion, Belo Monte is soon to be the third largest dam in the world, and is expected to displace between 20-40,000 people. On the neighbouring Tapajos River, the Munduruku tribe are fighting to prevent a similar fate; the next mega-dam is already planned.

Hydroelectric dams are touted as clean and renewable sources of energy, but the real impact of large dams is often anything but. Hundreds of square miles of land are flooded and complex river ecosystems permanently transformed. In the Amazon, new infrastructure and population growth opens the forests to increased logging, mining, and agriculture. The end result is the erosion of the Amazon Rainforest and the sacrifice of cultures and communities who depend on the river and forest ecosystems for their way of life.

This is a long-term document of the people of the Amazon Rainforest as they face the challenges of environmental and social transformation.


Aaron Vincent Elkaim was born in 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the historic heart of the Canadian Fur Trade where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. The river has underscored his work both metaphorically and literally as it concerns moments of human transition in relation to environmental change. Informed by his countries colonialist history, he is drawn to narratives that explore the nuances of history, culture and oppression.

In 2014, Aaron won Gold in the Society of Designers Publication Awards for a commission about the culture of the Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska for the New Yorker Magazine. He was the recipient of the 2012 Daylight Photo Award, Best Personal Essay, Photo District News Annual (2010), and has been recognized by the Oskar Barnak Award (2014), American Photography (26,27,29), Anthropographia (2012), the Magenta Foundation (2013, 2014), and the Lucie Foundation (2010), among others. He work has been exhibited internationally.

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My name is Sofia Sikharulidze, i’m postin for @burndiary @ssikharulidze

Upside down

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My name is Sofia Sikharulidze, i’m posting for @burndiary @ssikharulidze – shadowplay with little nina

Palm trees

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This is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze posting for @burndiary – Batumi, Georgia

Street kids

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This is Sofia Sikharulidze from Tbilisi, Georgia posting for @burndiary

View from the taxi

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This is Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze posting for @burndiary. View from taxi @burndiary G


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Playing on the fountain

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Tbilisi, Georgia. @ssikharulidze for @burndiary


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Sofia Sikharulidze @ssikharulidze for @burndiary

sofia valiente – miracle village

FujiFilm/Young Talent Award – 2015 Winner


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FujiFilm/Young Talent Award 2015 winner

Sofia Valiente

Miracle Village

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In South Florida, off the coast of Lake Okeechobee, lies a community called Miracle Village. It is home to over 150 sex offenders. The village was founded five years ago by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals that have no place to go when they leave prison. The residency restrictions in Florida make it so that sex offenders must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any school, bus stop, or place where children congregate. In reality, this is a very difficult restriction to abide by. Before coming to the village many of Miracle Village’s residents were homeless.
The village is connected to the small town of Pahokee (population 8,000) and is 40 miles from the medium populated towns of Palm Beach County. The rectangular compound, made up of 52 duplexes, is surrounded by sugarcane and cornfields all around.
The village is almost always at capacity. There is also a screening process for those wanting to become residents, similar to other rental communities. In the village diagnosed pedophiles, violent offenders, rapists or people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse are not accepted.
There are many misconceptions about what a sex crime is. In the state of Florida urinating in public is considered a sex offense. David, another young guy in the village, was in a consensual teenage relationship. He was 18 and she was 16.
Sex offenders must register on an online database that makes public the details of each offender such as their addresses, profile photos and crimes. In American society the label of sex offender is a symbol of terror.
My greatest attempt is to battle the taboo, to be open to seeing each individual as a complex human being. Before they were convicted, each of them thought the same way most people do about sex offenders: “Lock them up and throw away the keys.”
The village is not just a place for the residents to live, but also a place where they are accepted by each other because they all share the same label of “sex offender”.
“Miracle Village” has been produced while at a residency at the photography department of Fabrica in Treviso, Italy.



Sofia Valiente received her BFA in Art from Florida International University in Miami, Florida in 2012. She recently published her first photo book, Miracle Village, while at a one-year residency under the photography department of Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. She is currently based in South Florida, USA where she works simultaneously as a photographer at the Clewiston News and on her personal projects about the people of the Glades.

Sofia is represented by the Daniel Blau Gallery in London/Munich and has been exhibited in London in a semi-solo show, NYC solo show at the AIPAD fair and Miami in various museum group shows. She recently received a World Press Photo award for Miracle Village (1st prize, portraits, stories).

Sofia Valiente



FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award is an additional grant for photographers under 25. Using David Alan Harvey’s words “A heart felt thank you also to FujiFilm for making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…”