We are proud and excited to  announce this year’s Student Media Grant winners!

The Student Media Grants Program (SMGP) is an annual photojournalism grant awarded to students interested in using innovative methods to research and chronicle issues facing fragile and conflict-affected nations. The Student Media Grant is made possible by the inspiration and support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development, and administered by The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.

Photo credit: Nathalia Hernandez Ochoa – “Las Curanderas”

2019 SMGP Winners!

Five students have been awarded media grants by ConDev for the innovative proposals they submitted. Students are conducting photojournalism programs in several Latin American countries.  Congratulations to our 2019 SMGP Winners:


Ricardo Velasco – The University of Texas at Austin

Memory and Sustainability for Peace and Reconciliation in Transitional Colombia

Photojournalism Project Location: Colombia


Daoud Qamar – Texas A&M University

Living in Neglect: The People of the Hill

Photojournalism Project Location: Brazil


Jorge Choy – The University of Texas at Austin

Where dreams and nightmares meet: Central American, African, and Asian migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico’s Southern Border

Photojournalism Project Location: Mexico


Alexis Aubin – University of Montreal

Colombia: A Wounded Land

Photojournalism Project Location: Colombia


Nathalia Hernandez Ochoa – The University of Texas at Austin

Curanderas (Healers): Mayan Women’s Voices and Bodies in Resistance

Photojournalism Project Location: Guatemala


Thank you again to all who applied. We were impressed by the time and thought that clearly went into the proposals we reviewed, and it was encouraging to see so many young people dedicated to conducting photojournalism projects in conflict-affected areas.
To learn more about the Student Media Grant, visit the Student Media Grant webpage; applications for next year will be announced in the Fall of 2019.