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Kannan Arunasalam wins Inaugural Documentary Film Award  EXHIBITIONS: Ikono Gallery & Nelson-Atkins 2014 Grant Submissions

We are pleased to announce that Sri Lankan photographer and filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam has been awarded the first annual prize for outstanding documentary short-short film by The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. Selected from entries around the world, his film, The Story of One, traces the lives of a priest and a boy after their disappearance during the time of violence and strife in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Learn about Kannan and his work and view the incredible films of the finalists here.

Ikono Gallery & The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation proudly present: “A New Documentary," a collection of images from current and former photography grant recipients, as well as museum collections by foundation President Manuel Rivera-Ortiz. We are equally proud to announce our collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO, in the production of their exhibition titled "Impressionist France." 

Our 2014 Call for Entries begins Nov. 1, 2013, for documentary Short-Short Film & Documentary Photography. We look forward to a new season of your submissions. For details on how to submit your work to us, please see details here.

Our Foundation 2013 Grant Recipient Our Growing Family
THE MANUEL RIVERA-ORTIZ FOUNDATION for Documentary Photography & Film is committed to positive social discourse in underrepresented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging and established photographers and filmmakers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Learn about our founder Manuel Rivera-Ortiz. From famine to disease, human injustice to politics, our grant programs give photographers and filmmakers the opportunity to share pivotal and impacting stories of human interest that resonate globally. The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation awards annual grants for both photography and film. See the work of our latest grant recipient Vivek Singh. Photojournalists from over 50 countries across the globe have made grant submissions. Join our mailing list so that we can keep you updated on upcoming grants, projects and exhibitions.