© Kristen Ashburn
Kristen Ashburn was born in 1973 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA. Committed to humanitarianism beyond the lens, while still in college she made five trips to Romania as a volunteer working with neurologically impaired orphans, and in 1997 established an American chapter of the Romanian Challenge Appeal, becoming its first chairperson.

In 2001, the year she joined Contact Press Images, she began to photograph the impact of AIDS in southern Africa. She has since produced essays on Palestinian suicide bombers, Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories, and the aftermath of 2004’s tsunami on Sri Lanka.

She is the recipient of Canon’s 2004 Female Photojournalist Award in support for her work on AIDS, and World Press Photo first prizes in 2003 and 2005. Her work on AIDS earned her a Getty Foundation Grant in 2006, and a John Farber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2007. That same year, she produced the still images for Madonna’s documentary on Malawi’s orphans, “I Am Because We Are”. She is based in New York City, USA.

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