Hi! I’m Dijana, Bosnian-American award-winning documentary photographer who for the past eight years has been telling stories of immigration, human rights, and people of Bosnia and Herzegovina who are still living in the aftermath of war. Most recently, I have been documenting the migrant crisis in Croatia, and as a result of my work, I spoke at various universities, including the Allegheny College, Ohio University and University of South Florida.
In the past three years, I produced photo essays to reflect on the philanthropic work by the Sanela Diana Jenkins Foundation.
From 2012-2014, I combined my work in Bosnia with a position as an assistant instructor at The Athens Photographic Project, which helps people who cope with mental illnesses by using photography as an aid for healing. I also worked for the local papers, and as a teaching assistant at Ohio University while completing my Master’s in Visual Communication. I graduated in May 2014.
The awards I’ve received for my work in Bosnia include second place from the Alexia Foundation in 2013, when I placed as a finalist for the Photophilanthropy award. From 2012-2014, I organized the judging of the National Press Photographer Association Best of Photojournalism (NPPA BOP) at Ohio University. I was also awarded the Bob Baxter Award. In 2011, I organized a workshop (Truth With a Camera) in my hometown of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where students from America paired with local students to enhance their knowledge in photography. I was twice awarded the Kentucky Foundation for Women grant.
I have had a number of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in US Congress in 2011, Western Kentucky University in 2009, about women survivors of the Bosnian war who, for the first time, publicly shared the stories of their loved ones, still missing after the war. That was followed by two more exhibitions at WKU, and one at the Museum of City Zenica, Bosnia.