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Winner, LOOK3 Festival Scholarship for Emerging Photographers sponsored by PhotoShelter 

National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) Bob Baxter Scholarship 

Elaine Exton Scholarship in Advanced Education Reporting, Columbia Journalism School.

Selected Participant, New York Times Portfolio Review 

Chosen Winner, American Photography 32

Photo Boite | 30 Under 30 Women Photographers


Shortlisted, Lucie Emerging Scholarship

Instagram list of Emerging Photojournalists

Eddie Adams Workshop Student EAW28 & Education Week Award Recipient

Finalist, Getty Images Instagram Grant for "The After School Project" 

Chosen Winner, American Photography 31

Scholarship Recipient, FotoVisura Editing Workshop with MaryAnne Golon

Toni Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University


PWNY Full-Scholarship Recipient, Workshop with VII Photographer Stefano De Luigi in Paris, France.

Selected Participant, Photography Expanded Lab 2, hosted by the Magnum Foundation

Honorable Mention, FotoVisura Spotlight Grant

Selected Portfolio, "The Gentle Punks". CENTER, Review Santa Fe 100

Selected Portfolio, New York Times Portfolio Review

“Mother For Hire” project finalist, Photo Philanthropy Activist Award

Selected Photographer, Onward Compé, Philadelphia, PA


Scholarship, YART Photography Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Finalist, New York Photo Awards, New York, NY

NPPA Northern Short Course Scholarship Winner



Getty Instagram Grant Exhibition, Photovile. Brooklyn, NY. 

"The Aftermath," Superstorm Sandy group show, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ.


"The GentlePunks, 555 Gallery, South Boston.

FotoVisura Spotlight Exhibition, Brisbane POWERHOUSE, Australia.

Onward Compé 2014, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

New York Photo Awards, POWERHOUSE Arena, Dumbo, Brooklyn.


For and About Sandy Group Show, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, Governors Island, NY.

ICP Alumni Show,Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao China.

"Multipli - City,” Multimedia Presentation, New Holland Island, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Welcome to Rockaway, Solo Show, New America Gallery, New York City.

SANDY: Devastation, Document, Drive, POWERHOUSEArena, Dumbo,Brooklyn.

Strike Anywhere, International Center of Photography Education Gallery: New York, NY.


Occupy! ICP Pop-up Show, Governors Island: New York, NY.

Occupy Wall Street as Captured by Photojournalists, South Street Seaport Museum: NY, NY.

My Truth, Your Truth, ICP Education Gallery: New York, NY.



"The Gentle Punks" selected for SLIDELUCK XVIII at Photoville

"Mother for Hire" selected for SLIDELUCK Staten Island “Women’s Work”

Open Show NYC, Selected Presenter, "The Gentle Punks." Brooklyn, NY.

Photojournalist: Cassandra Giraldo

Cassandra Giraldo is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a producer and camera operator at Vice News Tonight.
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