UNICEF-Photo of the Year


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 worldwide in an outstanding manner. Here are the winners 2000.


Siviani on the Sofa

UNICEF Photo of the Year 2001: Siviani on the sofa 

© Meredith Davenport, USA

"This portrait is not meant to arouse pity but rather to reflect Siviani's independent personality. I have experienced Siviani as a person that expresses his ideas and wishes in his very own way", explained the photographer.

"The photo irritates the spectator as he cannot immediately identify the situation the child is living in. Thus, the photo generates a sort of tension, it causes reflection and challenges questions on the personality and the situation the boy illustrated is living in", explained the jury chairman Klaus Honnef Phd.Meredith Davenport's photos show the everyday life of physically and mentally handicapped children and their families in a village about 50 kilometers north-east of Costa Rica's capital of San José. Doctors and scientists assign the children's handicap to the use of pesticides on banana plantations. The children's parents have been exposed to pesticides for years during their work. When taking care of their children they are hardly or only insufficiently supported.

2. Preis für Jan Grarup, "The boys from Ramallah/Westbank"

2. Prize Foto des Jahres 2001: The boys from Ramallah/Westbank

© Jan Grarup, Denmark

A black and white photo of the Danish photographer Jan Grarup from a photo series on the everyday life of Palestinian children in Ramallah in the Westbank. The photo shows boys with machine guns during a death procession. The procession was organised by the PLO-supporting Fatah-movement.

3. Preis für Vincent Kohlbecher, "Street children in Bukarest/Romania"

The colour photo by the German photographer Vincent Kohlbecher comes from a series of pictures on the subject of street children in Romania. The photo shows two street children on two picture levels: In the foreground, a boy sniffing solvent is blurred. In the background, a girl is happily playing with a dog.

3. Prize Photo of the Year 2001: Street children in Bukarest/Romania

© Vincent Kohlbecher, Germany

4. Preis für Roger Ballen, "Portrait eines schlafenden Mädchens"

4. Prize Foto des Jahres 2001: Portrait of a sleeping girl

© Roger Ballen, South Africa

This still life "portrait of a sleeping girl" was taken in 2000 by the South African photo artist Roger Ballen. The picture is part of a photo series on a family from Johannesburg. Ballen has taken pictures of for over 16 years now. The photographer describes his motivation in taking these pictures as purely aesthetic.