Our Work In Action
New York times: this is 18
In 2018, the New York Times ran a global, "This is 18" campaign to celebrate girls and women around the world. A small group of female photographers, aged 18 (or so), were selected from different countries around the world. They were tasked with finding a subject and documenting a "day in the life" of their subject. The sum of the project depicted life for girls aged 18 from all over the world.
Student Sarah Sunday was selected to participate in this project based upon a recommendation from one of Photo Start's key advisors, Brad Smith, who formerly worked at The New York Times. Unique opportunities like the one Sarah was able to participate in are incredibly important, and we are always thankful to people who help provide young people with significant opportunities.
The assignment asked the photographers to depict their subject(s) at home, during their daily lives, and amongst other things, sharing their favorite apps on their mobile phones. Our student impressed the staff of the Times so much that they asked her to feature a second subject.
Sarah's images were featured online and in print. She was remunerated for her efforts by The New York Times. This was a great opportunity that led our student to submit work and win a Courage award in a subsequent contest in “Girl’s’ Voices for Change,” with work featuring a different perspective on her native South Sudan.
Partner: Akili Dada Foundation