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Stephanie Sinclair  Pulitzer Prize winning photographer & founder of @tooyoungtowed. I am also a Canon Explorer of Light. All photos ©Stephanie Sinclair.

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At Lake View School, Rehema Hajji, nine, applies sunscreen to her younger sister, Fatuma, five, before they step into the sunlight. Sunscreen is expensive in sub-Saharan Africa, but nonprofit organizations, like Under the Same Sun, distribute it for free. Many people with albinism in Tanzania die of skin cancer before turning 40.
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About one in 1,400 people in Tanzania is born with albinism and one in 17 carries the recessive gene. Its occurrence varies greatly throughout the world. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online. #albinism #tanzania #skin #genetics #photojournalism #moment #portrait #color #family #diversity #inmyskiniwin #education

A heartfelt thank you for an empowering evening at @theiwmf's ceremony honoring the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recipients last night. And congratulations again to my fellow awardees, Nicole Tung and Louisa Gouliamaki. I know we are all humbled to be given an award in Anja’s name. Anja paid the ultimate sacrifice for her commitment to tell the stories of the world's most vulnerable, particularly in conflict settings. That we've been deemed fit to walk in her shoes is a deeply moving validation of our work. I know we are all proud to be part of the IWMF family, led by Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. Photo by my bestie @gatoredie .

At a Hindu temple near their home in Delhi, India, three generations of a family with albinism pose for a rare family portrait. The condition is caused by a recessive genetic trait which leads to little or no melanin, or pigment, in the skin, hair, and eyes of people with albinism. Here, Rose Turai Pullan (front row) and his wife, Mani (center), are joined by their six children, son-in-law (back row, second from left), and sole grandchild, Dharamraj Mariappan Devendra. Although the world’s largest reported family of people with albinism lives in India—three generations, no exceptions—albinism is more widespread in Tanzania than in any other country. About one in 1,400 people there is born pale, and about one in 17 carries the recessive gene. Its occurrence varies greatly throughout the world. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online. #albinism #india #skin #genetics #photojournalism #moment #portrait #color #family #diversity #inmyskiniwin

The Russian cover of National Geographic featuring the beautiful 27-year-old Deepa at a Hindu temple near her family's home in Delhi, India. She comes from a family of three generations in which all members have the rare genetic condition of albinism. In many parts of the world, discrimination towards those with the condition often make it difficult for people with albinism to find romantic partners without albinism. As a result, when two people with albinism—a recessive genetic trait—have children, the children will have albinism. The image is part of my latest project for @natgeo, “The Perils of Pale,” in this month’s magazine and online (link in my bio). #canonusa #canon #exploreroflight #albinism #inmyskiniwin #india #cover #color #light #magical #underthesamesun

Zindiba, 19, attends school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 2016. Her arm was hacked off while, as a small child, she tried to protect her mother from combatants during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war. Her lifelong injuries will prevent her from many types of employment, she now hopes for support in continuing her education. Photo made #onassignment for @natgeo.
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Today I start a week-long takeover of the @theIWMF Instagram feed! I will be showcasing the images that were the basis of my recent Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award. Anja, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer who tragically lost her life in 2014 in Afghanistan, dedicated her life to documenting conflict and its impact on the people of war-torn regions. It has been a great honor to receive this award from the IWMF and have my work featured as part of her legacy. #photojournalism #iwmfcourage #sierraleone #girls #letgirlslearn

Mwigulu Matonange, 12, goes for a swim last summer during his visit to the U.S., where he was fitted for a prosthetic limb with the support of the Global Medical Relief Fund and the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. Mwigulu was born with the rare genetic condition of albinism, and lost his arm in an attack by poachers looking to profit from the sale of his body parts to witchdoctors. While awareness is on the rise, people with albinism are still severely discriminated against, and even attacked, for their appearance in some countries - despite the fact it occurs in all racial and ethnic groups globally.
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In the U.S., approximately one in 18,000 to 20,000 people has some type of albinism. In other parts of the world, the occurrence can be as high as one in 3,000. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds.
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Check out the June edition of @natgeo for our full story on albinism. #Tanzania #photography #humanrights #skin #albinism #moment #photojournalism #summer #inmyskiniwin

Victor Rossi, a clown who began his career in France, waits to begin the pre-show performances. It’s the end of the road for “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Bros. traveling circus is performing it’s final shows today in Long Island, New York. The circus has been a piece of Americana for 146 years, but high operating costs and low ticket sales brought about its demise, ownership announced in January. Hundreds of workers make up the circus, including performers and train conductors and other behind-the-scenes personnel. Many have spent their lives on the traveling trains, which can reach up to a full mile long as they move from coast to coast for 44 weeks of the year. #circus #clown #curtain #canon #canonusa #exploreroflight

An elephant disembarks a Ringling Bros. train in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Elephants have since been retired from the circus. This evening the curtain will fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pump its caravan brakes permanently. Other traveling circuses may not be far behind. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have joined forces on a bill that would ban the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and any other entertainment act on wheels. In late March, Representatives Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, Ryan Costello, a Pennsylvania Republican, and 22 other lawmakers introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) in the House. It would require the 19 traveling circuses in the U.S. with performing animals to to use only human entertainers—or shut down. If the bill passes, it will end life on the road for more than 200 big cats, bears, camels, and elephants still working as circus performers. Thirty-four other countries have instituted similar bans, as have dozens of cities and counties in the U.S., including Los Angeles and San Francisco. #elephants #circus #train #canonusa #canon #exploreroflight

Girls under the guardianship of Don Bosco Fambul, participate in classes in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown. The organization is one of the country’s leading child-welfare organizations and has been on the forefront of efforts to help girls in crisis by providing counseling, shelter and defending them in court.
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I was heartbroken upon reading the news this week that the White House planned to end key parts of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, an important project by former first lady Michelle Obama targeting girls’ empowerment around the world. Let Girls Learn aimed to remove the barriers to education that girls face around the world and thereby close the gender gap. Over the past 15 years, I have seen firsthand how deeply entrenched and complicated these barriers can be. Cultural bias, economic hardship and high prevalence of gender-based violence can all combine to create a near-impossible environment for girls’ education. In my work, I've repeatedly seen that the simplest solutions can make the biggest difference. For instance, a small grant for a school uniform or consistent access to feminine hygiene products is sometimes all it takes to prevent a girl from dropping out of school. But don't just take my word for it; countless studies have shown that these solutions, big and small, have generated overwhelming returns in terms of health, economic growth and peace-building, both for the girls personally and for their communities. After sharp criticism, the White House quickly walked back their plans to gut “Let Girls Learn,” but it remains to be seen whether this vital program will be given the support it needs. #letgirlslearn #endchildmarriage #girlseducation #girls #women

Fatmata, 15, sits with her nine-month-old son, Isa, in a small village outside of Kambia, Sierra Leone. Her friend Sia, 13, dropped out of school the previous year. Both girls now attend a Population Council empowerment program, created to help protect at-risk girls.
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Sierra Leone’s ministry of education banned pregnant girls from attending school. The stated intent of the policy, which was formally implemented by the government in April 2015, is to prevent them from influencing their peers and to protect them from ridicule. For just over a year, there were several education centers throughout the country for school-age pregnant girls and mothers that was supported by UNICEF, along with Sierra Leone’s education ministry and others. However, in August 2016 the centers for pregnant girls closed; UNICEF says they were intended to be a “bridge” after the Ebola crisis shut down schools across the country for nine months. About 14,000 girls who were pregnant or were new mothers registered at the schools. #letgirlslearn #girlseducation #endchildmarriage #girls #women

Happy to be able to share a photo and the story of my beautiful mother, Paula Schulte, during last night's discussion on Gender at National Geographic @natgeo. My late mother, who was a prolific painter, was a fiercely independent woman who taught me about the importance of education - particularly for women and girls - first hand by returning to school in her late 30s, despite her family's discouragement. She supported me fully as I went on to study journalism and photography and was thrilled to see me work to benefit the lives of girls and women. Photo by @ken_cedeno . #shero #momsarethebest #tooyoungtowed #endchildmarriage #girls #women

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