Congratulations to World Press Photo Winner: Amber Bracken!

February 23, 2017

We would like to share some fantastic news: Advanced Mentored Studies student, Amber Bracken, won first prize in the 2017 World Press Photo Contest, contemporary issues category, for her photo essay of the Standing Rock protest in Cannon Ball, N.D. The award recognizes Bracken’s work for its visually compelling insights about our world.Bracken’s images, along with all award-winning photos, can be found at

Anderson Ranch’s Advanced Mentored Studies faculty, Ed Kashi, recently featured Amber on his blog, click here to read the post!

Bracken will embark on her second year of the Ranch’s “Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography Projects” workshop in July, part of the Ranch’s Center for Advanced Mentored Studies, which is chaired by Artistic Director, Andrea Wallace. The program provides students the opportunity to learn from expert faculty and to develop their artistic practice over a three-year period. It is offered in the areas of photography, ceramics and painting. Award-winning photojournalist Ed Kashi and senior staff photographer for The New York Times James Estrin teach the photography program.

(Photo Credit: Amber Bracken, Sacred Stone Camp on Sept. 10, 2016)

More about the Center for Advanced Mentored Studies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center can be found online at Applications are due by March 3, 2017.

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