Award-winning photojournalist and Artist for the Amazon Ron Haviv recently won an international photography award for a photo from his Amazon Gold story from American Illustration and American Photography (AI-AP). AI-AP are the leading hardcover, juried annuals, which offer an expansive view with hundreds of images selected by jury from thousands of entries submitted to two annual competitions. Regarded by creative professionals as the “books of record” and best sources for today’s top image-makers, AI-AP are the premier showcases for editorial, advertising, book, poster, design, animation, fine art, unpublished and student work created by established, emerging and student illustrators and photographers.

LAF/LAI4 selected photograph by Ron Haviv, VII
A look at illicit and unregulated gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon. The long term story covers mining before and after government intervention to shut down the mines.

Haviv’s work documenting illicit and unregulated gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon was chosen as part of the 4th annual Latin American Fotografía y Ilustración competition (LAF/LAI4), a competition to honor the best work being created today in or about Latin America. Ron Haviv was part of the team behind Amazon Aid Foundation’s award-winning documentary film Amazon Gold. You can see his full portfolio from Amazon Gold here.

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President H.W. George Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

You can see Ron Haviv’s Amazon Gold photos at the Gallatin Galleries at NYU through October 14 as part of an exhibition covering conflict in the age of eternal present.