Gabriella Parsons is a documentary photographer and videographer with a lens focused on social justice, community empowerment, and our shared humanity. In 2018 Gabriella received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied photojournalism and produced award-winning multimedia stories through the Global Eyewitness Fellowship. Since graduating, Gabriella has worked as a freelance visual storyteller, helping local grassroots and advocacy groups in Nebraska to cover issues related to housing affordability, voting rights, immigration and the climate crisis. She also works as a mentor with Untold Migrant Stories, a program through the Lincoln Asian Community & Cultural Center that teaches immigrant youth to tell and reclaim their stories through digital media.
Randy Warner stands for a portrait outside his family farm in Waverly, Nebraska. Warner, a seventh-generation farmer, is the subject of a story about how President Trump's trade war with China is impacting small family farms in the Midwest, including the Warner's soybean production.
The story was published in the Danish publication, Information.
"C" looks out the window of her mobile home in Fremont, Nebraska, after the Midwest bomb cyclone flooded the town in March 2019. The mobile home community located in the flood plain is 80 percent Hispanic. When residents complained of mold and unsafe conditions after the floods, they were met with threats of eviction. Despite this, "C" and other Hispanic residents came together to call for a just recovery. Their efforts resulted in the grassroots organization, Hispanos Unidos de America, now supporting Hispanic residents in Fremont.