Paula Bronstein is a freelance photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand specialising in the Asia region. Her work reflects the eye of a dedicated humanitarian and conflict photojournalist. With over thirty years of experience in the news business, Paula worked as a staffer for a variety of US newspapers starting at The New Haven Register in New Haven, Ct. to The Hartford Courant followed by The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas. She then went onto working for Getty Images as a staff photographer from 2002-2013 covering news stories globally and was later represented by Reportage by Getty Images. Paula’s images of country leaders, natural disasters and political turmoil have been widely published in globally recognised publications. She is most drawn towards documenting people who are impoverished and vulnerable – from Mongolia to Afghanistan and Africa.
Awards - Recognition
- World Press Photo, 2017 Photo Contest, Daily Life, first prize, singles
- International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award
- Pictures of The Year International
- The National Press Photographer’s Association: Best in Photojournalism, Photo District News annual
- The Pulitzer Prize Finalist: ‘Breaking News’
- The Overseas Press Club of America (John Faber Award)
- Foreign Correspondents Club: Thailand (‘Asia Photographer of the Year’)
- Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Finalist)
- China International Press Photo (‘Photo Of The Year’)
Honoured by World Press Photo
The World Press Photo 2017 Contest saw 80,408 submissions from 125 countries. Paula Bronstein received the Daily Life, first prize singles award in this year's contest, for her poignant image ‘The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War’ showing Najiba holding her nephew Shabir, 2, who was injured in a bomb blast while walking to school in a relatively peaceful part of Kabul, Afghanistan. The mother is not present because she is attending a funeral for Shabir’s sister who was killed in the same blast. Paula Bronstein's winning photograph will be shown in a World Press Photo exhibition, which opens in Amsterdam in April 2016 before travelling to 100 cities in 45 countries throughout the year.