Winner Stephanie Sinclair VII for National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine
"Polygamy in America"
An intimate look into the FLDS, one of the country's most secretive Mormon sects. Known for their practice of polygamy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint (FLDS) is United States' largest practitioners of plural marriage. The FLDS church emerged in the early 1900s when its founding members left mainstream Mormon church, largely due to the issue of plural marriage. They gained international notoriety with the arrest of their leader Warren S. Jeffs, who in May 2006 was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of unlawful marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. In April 2008 Texas Rangers raided their ranch in Eldorado, Texas after receiving over what was later determined to be a hoax call, although authorities eventually removed 440 children from the ranch, which they said had been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. The children are now back at home and this is a look at how the community continues to survive amidst what they consider a battle to over faith and the authorities desire end their unconventional way of living.