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June Newsletter: National Geographic publishes BTC pipeline / Fulbright to Azerbaijan

This is a pretty special newsletter for me concerning announcements. First, I have graduated from the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service, which ends a two-year chapter of my life first in Washington, DC and then commuting between there and New York over the past year. While it was a fascinating educational experience, I am ready to move on to new projects and pastures.

As a photographer, my work grew as well over those two years, for me most notably last summer when I was a recipient of a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant which facilitated travel photographing the social and economic life along the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline which delivers Caspian crude to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan by way of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Recently, this work was published on the National Geographic website in a photo gallery entitled, “At Five Years, BTC Pipeline Moves Oil, Culture,” with accompanying text by Marianne Lavelle.

Lastly, the biggest bit of news. As a consequence of this work and my interest in the people, culture and history of Azerbaijan, I will be returning to Baku next year and call the city as a base as a Fulbright grant recipient in photography.

I should note I have also updated my website,, to reflect recent and recently published work such as the “Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline” and coverage of Rahm Emanuel’s recent mayoral run in a new gallery of “Chicago Politics“.

Until July 20, I will be in Chicago and available for assignments across the city. As always, thank you for your interest and attention to my work.

Warm regards,

Amanda Rivkin