2018 Honoree Nancy Borowick

Humanitarian Award

Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer based on the island of Guam and New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds a degree in Anthropology and Photography from Union College. Over the last decade, Nancy narrowed the focus of her work, telling stories of illness, struggle and personal relationships, using compassion, humility and trust as tools to connect with and explore the lives of her subjects. In 2008, she established The Ghana On Tap Project, raising funds and overseeing the drilling of a borehole well at an orphanage in central Ghana and since 2009, she has worked closely with the Touch A Life organization, a non profit that provides holistic care for children rescued from slavery and trafficking in West Africa.

Nancy’s most recent focus has been her parents’ battles with cancer, which culminated in her monograph, The Family Imprint, published with Hatje Cantz in 2017. She has received numerous accolades for the book and the photo series, including recognition as a winner in the Photo District News Photo Annual, a top finalist in the Pictures of the Year International competition 2018 as well as in the International Photo Awards competition. Her work took the top honor in the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and she ultimatelytook home the 2nd prize in the prestigious World Press Photo Award’s 2016 category for Long Term Projects. The work has also been exhibited internationally in over 100 cities and Nancy has brought her story to universities, health care centers, oncology units, and community groups around the globe.

Nancy is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has also been featured in the New York Times Magazine, CNN, National Geographic, Time Magazine, Photo District News, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,Glamour Magazine, Stern Magazine, Newsweek Japan and many others.