UNICEF-Photo of the Year

UNICEF Photo of the Year 2002

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 2002.

Jan Grarup

Forgotten Refugees of the World

2002: Jan Grarup (Jan Grarup/RAPHO)

2002: Jan Grarup

"Forgotten Refugees of the World"

Photo report on refugee children of the civil war-torn Liberia


Photographer Jan Grarup took this award-winning picture in June 2002 near the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is part of a photo series on children who fled their homeland Liberia to escape the civil war.

One picture shows them begging for border passes to get across to a refugee camp in Sierra Leone. Through an opening in the wall, the hands of children seem to be grasping at a void.According to United Nations estimates, some 200.000 people in Libereria were fleeing from marauding soldiers who have been terrorizing the population after the war erupted again in 2002. 

Approximately 125.000 people sought refuge in neighboring Sierra Leone. UNICEF maintained in 2002 an aid program – also with the support of the German Federal Government - for more than 50.000 people in four refugee camps.

2. Preis für Wolfgang Müller, "Karat, der Himmel über St. Petersburg"

3. Preis für Stuart Freedman, "Auffanglager, Burundi 2000"

4. Preis für Cathia Hecker, "Hanna - Lebensbilder eines Kindes"

Ehrenvolle Erwähnung

Honorable Mention 2002
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Honorable Mention 2002
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