They dream of home, their bed, their toys. And in their nightmares, it’s raining fire, houses explode, their siblings die. Now they sleep in tents, containers, field hospitals, at street crossings and next to train stations in foreign countries. Or, like five-year-old Lamar, in a forest near Horgos in Serbia. She fled Baghdad together with her parents and her grandmother after their house was hit by a bomb. It took Lamar’s family three attempts to get from Turkey to Greece in a dinghy.

Photographer Magnus Wennman traveled around from Jordan up to his home country of Sweden for a photo documentary he simply calls “Where the children sleep”. It is basically a collection of horror stories from Homs and Aleppo, Daraa, Damascus and other Syrian cities.

According to UNICEF, there is no safe place left for children in Syria.

Curriculum Vitae: Magnus Wennman

UNICEF Photo of the Year: Magnus Wennman

Born in Sweden in 1979, Magnus Wennman has been working as a photojournalist since the age of 17 when he started his career with a local Swedish newspaper, DalaDemokraten. Since 2001 he has worked as a staff photographer on Scandinavia’s biggest daily paper, Aftonbladet.

Magnus concentrates mainly on news and feature stories and has worked in more than 60 countries around the world. He has covered a number of stories including the 2008 US Presidential elections, the Red Shirt protests in Thailand, and the plight of refugees in Africa. He has won prestigious photo awards, both in Sweden and internationally, including two World Press Photo awards, 14 Picture of the Year international awards, 11 NPPA:s Best of Journalism awards, and 39 Swedish Picture of the Year awards. He has been awarded "Photojournalist of the year" in Sweden four times.


More information on the competition and the UNICEF-Photo of the Year 2015 reportages.

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Renowned photographers from all over the world take part in the contest. An independent jury decides upon the winner.

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