Melissa Lyttle

Melissa Lyttle

MeetMelissa Lyttle

Melissa Lyttle is an award-winning visual storyteller based in Los Angeles.

Her passions are long-term documentary projects, sports culture, and allowing people's personality to come out in portraiture. Her primary focus in her personal projects has been focusing on social issues, including poverty, immigration, and how people are affected by the criminal justice system.

As a two-time International Women's Media Foundation fellow, Lyttle has worked on the US-Mexico border in both Ciudad Juárez and Nogales, Sonora. Her work has been recognized by UNICEF, POYi, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Southern Short Course, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, and the Alexia Foundation student grant. She also won an Emmy for a short film on a high school senior trying to use his football talents to make it out of a small town in the Florida Everglades.

She is most proud of APhotoADay, an online photo community she started in 2001 with only two members, which has grown to over 2,500 worldwide. APhotoADay is now a 501(c)3 and holds an annual photography conference (lovingly called GeekFest) and also gives out an annual Backyard Storytelling Grant to photojournalists working on stories close to home.

(June 8, 2012, Clearwater, Florida) Snuggle break turned giggle session with Allison, Olivia and Hailey.

A Pahokee High School football player's tattoo reads: Respect few. Fear None.

Fred watching what his life could become if he didn’t go away to college.

(April 28, 2018, Kigali, Rwanda) Mr. Etienne smiles for a portrait.

(February 3, 2008, Tampa, Florida) Danielle was kept in a closet for the first 7 years of her life. Now she knows the power of love.

(May 10, 2017, Chihuahua, Mexico) Marcela worries about her child’s future while she serves time in prison.

Meet the Photographers

Steve McCurry
Lynn Johnson
Stephanie Sinclair
Angelo Merendino
Ben Heath
Chris Ozer
John Stanmeyer
Esther Havens
Melissa Lyttle

Meet the Participants

Esther Garza
Beth Fairchild
Khadijah Carter
Jill Cohen
Holley Kitchen
Carol Miele
Michael Kovarik
Sheila McGlown
Tarah Harvey

Meet the Photographers

Steve McCurry
Lynn Johnson
Stephanie Sinclair
Angelo Merendino
Ben Heath
Chris Ozer
John Stanmeyer
Esther Havens
Melissa Lyttle

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