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2020 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting winner

Kiana Hayeri

Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her long-form projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence, identity and sexuality in war-ridden countries. Kiana is a Senior TED fellow and she regularly contributes to The New York Times from Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Washington Post, NPR, Wall Street Journal, GEO, Foreign Policy, Buzzfeed, Le Monde, The Globe and Mail, among others. She is currently based out of Kabul, Afghanistan, covering the region.

Announcement Video and Acceptance Speech