Mankica Kranjec

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: The Overlooked Backbone of SocietySlovenia

Mankica Kranjec is an international award-winning photographer, freelance journalist, world traveler, and eternal optimist who tries to find magic in sparkling, delicate details with her camera. She has been widely published in Slovenian and international press, has shown her work in more than 35 photo exhibitions, and participated in various photography projects worldwide.

Mankica completed her communications degree at the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Ljubljana. Subsequently, she continued her studies at the Institute for Fundamental Cultural Research, The Center for the Study of Culture and Religion. She is currently finishing her master's thesis focusing on women in graffiti art.

Mankica focuses her efforts on creating photographs and stories that increase our understanding of people, culture, and art. She is a witness of time. With her camera, she documents scenes that may one day disappear and be lost for future generations. 

IVLP Impact Award Project: The Overlooked Backbone of Society

The Overlooked, a comprehensive photographic project, put 10 working women of different ages and religious and social backgrounds, in the foreground and has given them a voice. With the help of Mankica’s lens and her artistic photographic interpretation, she put female workers at the forefront by presenting their personal and unique stories in this comprehensive photographic project. The project gave a voice to those who are overlooked and reveal the real heroes we usually forget to credit. Subsequently, the project connected this multifaceted topic with several different multidisciplinary fields, including the search for an understanding of gender differences. The gathered portraits and stories were presented and exhibited in Ljubljana. To view the photographs, please visit: Mankica Kranjec: Spregledane / The Overlooked on Vimeo


IVLP Exchange Experience 

Mankica was a participant in the IVLP Project A Global Moment in Time: Photojournalists Document Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID Era, organized by the U.S. Department of State and World Learning.

Mankica's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "Participating in the IVLP program gave me an insight into best practices in photojournalism and the opportunity to present my work with photographers, editors, and reporters."

U.S Communities Visited Virtually

Washington, DC; Tampa, FL; Milwaukee, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Santa Fe, NM; Portland, OR; Dallas, TX; Charlottesville, VA

"I am grateful for this unique experience because I was able to learn from the professionals in the industry and met incredible photographers from around the globe who truly inspired me." - Mankica Kranjec

Country: Slovenia

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