Iranian Photographer Newsha Tavakolian Notches a Spectacular 2015

Multiple exhibits, a prestigious award and more.

The list of professional accomplishments this year for Iranian-born photographer Newsha Tavakolian is extremely impressive.

In March, she helped The New York Times launch the paper’s Instagram account. In June, she was one of six lensers nominated for membership with Magnum Photos. If all goes well, Tavakolian will become a full member of the prestigious syndicate by 2019.

There have been exhibitions of Tavakolian’s work this year in Dubai, London, at Stanford University and beyond. But perhaps most impressive is what the 35-year-old decided to do with part of the 100,000 Euros she won as the recipient of this year’s Prince Claus Award, presented at the beginning of December to her in Amsterdam.

From a report by Armenpress:

Tavakolian has allocated 15,000 Euros of her prize money to an organization helping Syrian and Iraqi refugees, while 30,000 Euros of her prize money has already been set aside for various charities and funds working on independent photography, children’s cancer and wildlife preservation in Iran.

Bravo! It all started for Tavakolian at the age of 16, when she began working in Iran for the daily women’s newspaper Zan. Check out her work here.