2012 InterAction Humanitarian Photography Award - 1st Place
2012 Photography Open Salon Arles - Honorable Mention
2010 Gordon Parks Photography Awards - 3rd Place
2009 Gordon Parks Photography Awards - Honorable Mention
2008 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention Portraiture
2006 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention Portraiture
2006 Outdoor Photographer 2006 - 2nd Place
Oct 12 - Being There: the Congo, DogPatch Studios, SF, CA
July 12 - Together for Girls, Ntl Museum of Women, Washington DC
Oct 09 - Survivors - Women in the DRC, The Setai, New York, NY
Sept 09 - Survivors - Women in the DRC, Project One Gallery, SF, CA
Dec 07 - REFUGEE: Images of Hope From Darfur, Frisson, SF, CA
June 07- Iraq - Beyond the War, Frisson, SF, CA
Sept 06 - REFUGEE: Images of Hope from Darfur, Left Space Studios, SF, CA
Oct 06 - REFUGEE: Images of Hope from Darfur, Farmani Gallery, LA, CA
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Alissa is known for creating beautiful images in the world's most troubled areas, focusing on the humanity and dignity of people worldwide. Since 2003, she has covered conflicts in Darfur, Gaza, the West Bank, Pakistan and the DRC, as well as many travel features across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.
She has been featured in "O" the Oprah Magazine and Popular Photography, and in 2009 starred in "In Harm's Way" a reality documentary show about war photographers on the CW. She received a BA in Political Science and International Relations from UCLA, served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and worked for three years as an investment banker with Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, CA. She speaks Spanish, French and Wolof.
In 2007, Alissa is proud to have founded, Exposing Hope, a 501C3 non-profit organization (www.exposinghope.org), to raise awareness and funds for victims of human rights abuses worldwide through documentary photography.
Select clients: TIME, Stern, Reuters, Sunday Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Photography, Business Week, Islands, Traveler Overseas, AMREF, Afghan Institute for Learning, the Millennium Promise, Women's Refugee Commission, HEAL Africa, World Food Program and UNICEF.