Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children all around the world.
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A few carefree minutes of untroubled childhood: in the northern part of Gaza, these boys joyfully take a bath in the midst of the ruins that once were their home. It was destroyed during an Israeli attack. The war has left many of Gaza’s inhabitants without homes. Families use the ruins of buildings as shelters. Another shelter for them is their religion: this image shows a Palestinian girl reciting verses from the Koran in a mosque in Gaza City.
Children have the right to be protected from war. However, in the 1990s alone, more than 2 million children died in armed conflicts. More than 1 million lost their parents or were separated from them. Photographer Eman Mohammed has documented the war in her home country of Gaza.
Date of Birth: 3rd of November 1987
Languages: excellent Arabic and English
Nationality: Jordanian, Palestinian
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Their home is an abandoned train track that runs through a Bangkok slum. Since their parents don’t earn enough to feed their families, the children of Sukhumvit also have to work. For example by begging, selling flowers to tourists or as helpers in cockfights. Bangkok’s economy has rapidly grown in the last years, but as a consequence the gap between rich and poor has also increased rapidly. Although most children here attend school, they don’t grow up as carefree as they should. Leisure time, playing and relaxing are privileges around here that are reserved only for the children of the wealthy.
Born 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Honorable Mention Anna Jockisch | Hannover, Design & Media Student, University of Applied Sciences Hannover
Instead of learning, the blond 16-year-old likes to fool around with her friends and a shopping cart at a supermarket. She lives at a children’s home near Berlin. She does so voluntarily after having spent a while in psychiatric care. She doesn’t want to return home for the time being – the difficult relationship with her mother is still too much for her to bear.
Photographer Anna Jockisch has portrayed a year in the life of German teenagers along with all the trials and tribulations of being a teenager: first love, parties, alcohol, searching for your own identity, conflicts with your parents, etc.
In Ingolstadt, Jockisch documented a part of the life of a 17-year-old girl who attends vocational school. The girl prefers to succumb to daydreams instead of studying. Rebelling against the ‘old folks’ – the privilege of those adolescents whose environment grants them the right to a self-determined life.
Studentin an der Fachhochschule für Design und Medien, Hannover, Deutschland
Anna Jockisch wurde am 24. Mai.1986 in München geboren. Nach Abschluss des Gymnasiums haben diverse Reisen die Entscheidung zur journalistischen Fotografie unterstützt. 2005 begann sie das Fotografiestudium bei Professor Rolf Nobel in Hannover. 2009 absolvierte sie eine halbjährige Hospitanz bei der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.
Anna wurde 2005 beim Jugendfotopreis mit dem ersten Preis in ihrer Alterskategorie ausgezeichnet. Ihre Arbeit „Jugend in Deutschland“ wurde 2008 auf dem Lumix Festival für jungen Fotojournalismus ausgestellt.
Seven years old and addicted to drugs: Rushanora is smoking heroin together with her dad. The drug numbs the feelings of cold and hunger which are particularly strong during the long and cold local winter. They live in Badakhshan, a remote mountain region in the northeast of Afghanistan. The country is known to be the largest producer of opium and in some parts of Badakhshan, almost 70% of the population is addicted to the drug.
7-month-old Qurban was born an opium addict. His face looks like the one of an old man. He is given a steady dose through the milk of his addicted mother.
A.K. Kimoto is a Japanese photographer currently based out of Bangkok. After a successful career in the I.T. sector, A.K. decided to pursue his passion for travel and photography by moving to South-East Asia. Shortly after his arrival in Indonesia, a strong earthquake and tsunami devastated the Sumatran coastline around Aceh and a few days later he accepted his first assignment to cover this tragic story. Over the following years, A.K. worked with various international NGOs to document the recovery efforts in Aceh, and on many social issues in the region.
His most recent work focuses on the lives of Afghans who try to lead a normal existence while conflict and violence threaten their survival
It’s one of the carefree moments in her life: 6-year-old Vibe takes a shower, spraying water all over the floor. A scene that many parents might know, but for Vibe and her family such moments have become very rare. Vibe has a brain tumor, one of the most common types of cancer in children. In Denmark, about 40 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor every year.
For one year now, Vibe has received chemotherapy and radiation treatments against her cancer. As a result of the radiation, her long blond hair has fallen out while her body is bloated due to the numerous drugs she has had to take.
Nevertheless, she enjoys being held by her father for hours; or playing with her healthy twin sister; or spending time on holiday in Mallorca. In January 2009, after a two-year struggle, Vibe lost the fight against the tumor.
Thomas Lekfeldt was born 1977 in Holbaek, Denmark. He has travelled extensively, primarily in Asia, until studying Anthropology for a year at the University of Copenhagen in 2001/2002.
He completed a bachelor's degree in photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism in 2007. He currently works freelance for Danish and international press and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In Denmark he primarily works for the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. He has had his work published in The FADER Magazine, Le Monde 2, L'Espresso Magazine, Verdens Gang and Libération among others.
He has won awards in the New York Photo Awards, Best of Photojournalism, the Danish Picture of the Year and Eisa Maestro Photo Contest. He is represented by Moment Agency.
The war traumatized 6-year-old Abdel Aziz. In early 2009, Israel’s war against Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza strip lasted for 22 days. During the ground and air attacks, approximately 1,400 people were killed. The war left its mark on the souls of the survivors.
The images of war are also burned into Abdel’s brain. On the first day of school, one week after the ceasefire, psychologists take care of him and the other children.
A Palestinian boy is looking for his toys in what is left of his family house, where the walls are full of bullet holes. About 4,000 buildings have been completely destroyed in Gaza and more than 50,000 have lost their homes. After weeks of living in fear of the next air raid warning, the conflict region has at last calmed a bit: people can attend Friday prayers again.
I am a Danish photojournalist born in the countryside outside Copenhagen. Most of my work centers on 'concerned photography' and I am constantly drawn to social, political and economic issues throughout the world. I have worked in countries like Russia, China, Tibet, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Kazakhstan, Latvia, India and Pakistan. In 2006 I graduated from the Danish School of Journalism. My passion and interest in photography developed in the late nineties after extensive travels in third world countries, where I realized the urge to document my surroundings. I love to undertake social and humanitarian projects around the world, and like the journey a photographic project can turn into over time. Most of all I just love people and love photography. My work has been published in publications such as TIME, The New Yorker, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times Magazine, L'espresso, D La Repubblica delle donne, Internazionale and El Pais Semanal.
When mom and dad are under the influence of drugs, nobody looks after Anfisa. She leans out of the window of a shabby flat in St. Petersburg, Russia. Cigarettes are her only toys. The parents of the two-year-old girl are punks and have been together for five years. They steal food from the grocery store and beg for money on the streets. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Anfisa has the right to a “healthy environment”. But who will assert such rights if the parents fail to do so?
Born 1986, Tver, Russia, now living in Moscow
They “play” emergency: equipped with plastic bullets and bulletproof vests, these boys are going to search a building in Imperial, California. The kids between 13 and 21 years learn how to chase terrorists, hunt illegal immigrants and face down assassins. In one room of the building, a 15-year-old girl lies on the floor as a blood-spattered hostage next to the weapon used to ‘wound her’. The teenagers’ job now is to find the person who shot her.
Since 2001, US police authorities have trained more than 35,000 of these so-called explorers. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is of no use here since the United States, along with Somalia, is the only country not to have ratified it so far.
Here they can be children – despite the war: in the early summer of 2009, the four boys and the girl play in a river near the refugee camp of Yar Hussein, about 100 km west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad. The camp has become a home for them – as well as for 10,000 other refugees. Their actual home lies in Pakistan's north-western Swat Valley, but there Pakistani forces are battling the Taliban.
Every day, hundreds of new refugees arrive at the already overcrowded camp. New camps are set up everywhere in the region. The conflict in Pakistan has so far produced about 2.5 million refugees.
Living in India, Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak shows the everyday life of women, men and families in the refugee camps. He has documented the conflict in Pakistan for two years.
Daniel Berehulak is a New Delhi, India based photographer specializing in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. A native of Sydney, Australia, Daniel studied History at the University of New South Wales. He joined Getty Images in 2002 in Sydney and then relocated to London as a staff news photographer in 2005. Since then he has covered the war in Iraq, the after effects of Chernobyl and worked extensively in Pakistan, from the return of Benazir Bhutto to the effects of the continuing conflict between the Pakistani army and Taliban. This year Daniel covered both the Indian and Afghan elections, Indonesian Earthquake, and various stories throughout India.
14-year-old Ouma's hair has been styled for her wedding – she now wears her curly hair in beautiful braids. She dresses up for a man whom she didn’t pick herself but has to marry anyway. Her groom is 33-year-old Hamidou and Ouma will become his second wife.
Part of the wedding ceremony in her home country of Niger is the ritual cleansing Ouma has to undergo. Prior to the marriage, the father of the bride and the groom negotiated the young bride’s price. Converted into Euro, she is worth about 30 Euro and 100 kola nuts.
The country of Niger holds a world record: according to UNICEF, approx. 75% of all girls are married before the age of 18. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. Tradition in many places forbids married women to leave the house. This means that from now on, Ouma is no longer allowed to go and buy something or to visit her friends without her husband’s permission.
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