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Lucie Foundation International Photography Awards 2011 Honorable Mentions

I received three honorable mentions this year at the Lucie International Photography Awards for work in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Hungary, and Chicago. The entries are below with brief descriptions. You will have to scroll down pretty far in the same “Honorable Mention” gallery to find these entries in the environmental, political, photo essay and feature story categories here.

From the entry description:
Entry Title: “Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline
Name: Amanda Rivkin, United States
Category: Professional, Photo Essay and Feature Story
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline traverses three nations, skirts five conflict zones, and covers land held by believers in at least two of the world’s great religions. A major post-Cold War victory for the West that sent one million barrels of oil a day pumping from the oil fields of Azerbaijan with room to expand to transport energy from elsewhere in the Caspian and Central Asian regions, the BTC pipeline – as the project is known – has helped to redefine energy security in the early 21st century.
(This work has previously appeared at National Geographic.)

Entry Title: “Hungary’s Toxic Red Sludge
Name: Amanda Rivkin, United States
Category: Professional, Environmental
On October 4, 2010, a reservoir containing toxic red alumina sludge in Ajka, Hungary ruptured and resulted in a serious industrial accident affecting numerous surrounding villages. In part, the accident was the result of a much larger region-wide disaster that has resulted from decaying communist-era industry and lack of regulation in the aftermath of the transition to capitalism and a private sector economy following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and communism across the former Eastern bloc. There is no perfect storm man created.
(This work has previously appeared at Bag News Notes.)

From the entry description:
Entry Title: “Mayor Not Daley: The Rise of Rahm Emanuel in Chicago
Name: Amanda Rivkin, United States
Category: Professional, Political
When Richard M. Daley announced he would not seek reelection for the office of mayor of Chicago, a position he held for 22 years and a post previously held by his father, Richard J. Daley, an elaborate game of political exchange brought Rahm Emanuel home from Washington to become mayor of Chicago. Formerly the White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama, Emanuel left the White House and Richard M. Daley’s brother, Bill Daley, soon took up the job. Emanuel’s close relationship with the president is something many Chicagoans hope the city will benefit from.
(This work has previously appeared at Fortnight Journal.)