Every Year, FOMU, The Antwerp Photo Museum selects 10 Belgium based photographers to publish in a Poster size Magazine, .TIFF. On October 4th, I will present my work at the museum, along with 10 other photographers.

Image credit: Maroussia Prignot & Valerio Alvarez, Here, Waiting, 2018

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has today announced the recipients of its inaugural Getty Images Reportage Grants program.  Continuing the tradition of the previous Editorial Grants program, the Getty Images Reportage Grant awards three photojournalists grants of $15,000 to pursue long-term documentary projects of both personal and journalistic significance, as well as offering further editorial support from the company. The 2018 recipients are:

    Rose Marie Cromwell for King of Fish, which aims to bring attention to the effects of rapid globalization on small communities, focusing on the community of Coco Solo in Panama specifically.
    Giulio Di Sturco for Aerotropolis, The Way we Will Live Next, a body of work which explores the rise of post-modern cities.
    Leonard Pongo for The Uncanny, which captures daily life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Video and Photographs on Mineral Tracing for the Washington Post.

Article by Laura Kasinof:

KACHUBA, Congo — The way to the mine wound upward past fields of cassava and sweet potato, a patchwork quilt of small farms set among villages of round, thatched-roof homes. An hour’s climb up, the Kachuba tin mine community is a collection of shacks that serves as a home-away-from-home for the hundred or so men who come here hoping to make a living wage out of what the mountain provides.

Chosen from the 219 candidates nominated in March 2018, the 12 participants and 2 runners-up are:

  • Mustafah Abdulaziz, USA
  • Sharon Castellanos, Peru
  • Sabiha Cimen, Turkey
  • Samar Hazboun, Palestine
  • Alexandra Rose Howland, USA
  • Katinka Hustad, Norway
  • Ksenia Kuleshova, Russia
  • Philip Montgomery, USA
  • Leonard Pongo, Belgium
  • Ashfika Rahman, Bangladesh
  • Tasneem Sultan, Saudi Arabia
  • Cansu Yildiran, Turkey

Runners-up:

  • Alfredo Bosco, Italy
  • Marie Hald, Denmark

The 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass is the 25th edition of this annual program. It will be held 23 – 29 September 2018 at the World Press Photo Foundation headquarters in Amsterdam. The participants will receive an immersive, hands-on educational experience with five prominent experts, as well as guest speakers, to discuss all aspects of their work and the profession. In preparation for the masterclass, the participants will execute a photo essay on one single theme. The essays will be discussed during sessions with the masters and edited into a publication. The theme and masters will be announced in May 2018.

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These images are beautiful, like visual poetry, capturing the in-between human spaces and rendering them magical. It’s an incredibly unique look at Congo, a country usually portrayed as a place of war and blood diamonds.
— Kate Bubacz  (BuzzFeed News Senior Photo Editor)

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Visura Grant for Outstanding project

Visura is delighted to announce the results of the 2017 Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, including the winner, top finalist, and 20 honorable mentions. Congratulations to Belgian photographer Léonard Pongo for receiving the 2017 Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project.

Léonard Pongo was featured today on The Washington Post ‘In Sight Blog’ by Olivier Laurent. To view article, please click here.

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Publiation at the Washington Post

Leonard Pongo’s photographs of Congo are raw and guttural. They radiate with the sort of unease that comes with discovering a long-sought-out place — one that forms part of the photographer’s heritage, despite the fact that Pongo had to wait until his early 20s to experience it for himself.

– Olivier Laurent for The Washington Post

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PICTURE STORIES: A Country Where Faith Becomes a ‘Necessary Evil’

March 2015

(CNN)In 2011, journalists flocked to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to cover the presidential election and the violence leading up to the vote.

Photographer Leonard Pongo had different plans.
“I could have focused on the election, but I chose to follow people around,” Pongo said. “I wanted to experience what life in the country was like … to understand another side of those events — not those usually reported, but one that was much more personal.”