First place – $5,000 Grant
Michelle Gabel, US
One Forever Moment
One Forever Moment explores familial love, trauma and healing after the unintentional gun injury of Michelle Fox, a mother of two girls, in her home near Syracuse, NY. The shotgun blast, caused by her live-in ex-husband, damaged Michelle's face, took away her sight and sense of smell, and significantly changed her life, as well as her loved ones’ lives. Through photos, drawings, writings and police reports, this multilayered visual investigation explores the long-term physical, emotional and mental health impacts of unintentional shootings on survivors and their loved ones, as well as overall effects in American society.—
Michelle Gabel Michelle Gabel (U.S.A.) is a photographer and visual storyteller based near Syracuse, New York. Her long-form documentary photography projects tell complex, contemporary stories that dive into individual lives while addressing relevant social issues. Michelle believes sharing stories that evoke empathy can enrich lives, helping viewers explore and become aware of the unfamiliar, contemplate questions about our society, environment and the world, and take action. Michelle's photography has appeared in National Geographic PROOF, New York Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, ESPN, Global Post and The Post-Standard. Her work has been exhibited internationally as well as in the United States.