Austin Merrill is a writer, editor, photographer, and the co-founder of Everyday Africa and The Everyday Projects. He is a former West Africa-based foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, and his writing from Africa, Europe, and the US has appeared in Vanity Fair, Wired, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. He won the 2015 Lowell Thomas gold medal for best environmental travel writing and has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Open Society Foundations, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Photography credits include National Geographic, Internazionale, Newsweek Japan, and the photo blogs for the New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as exhibitions in New York, Mexico, Morocco, and elsewhere. Austin was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast, has a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, and is an editor at Vanity Fair, in New York.