This little boy is called Adam. He never lived in a paradise, but at least he had some kind of happy childhood, as far as this is at all possible when living in a region torn apart by civil war like Darfur in Sudan. But then came the bombers – and Adam burned. Although he was able to somehow tear off his t-shirt, he couldn’t save his skin. His neighbors tried to. It is unclear whether his burns were treated at all. He was probably given some traditional medicine to apply to the skin. Nevertheless: Adam survived.

US photographer Adriane Ohanesian, who has lived in Nairobi for many years, started to document the fate of the people in Darfur in 2010. Due to the large number of other crises worldwide, the war-torn region of Darfur has dipped far below the radar of international attention and press coverage. Adam and his family hide together with thousands of other refugees in caves to seek shelter from the ongoing bombing terror.

Curriculum Vitae: Adriane Ohanesian (Freelance Photographer)

UNICEF Photo of the Year: Adriane Ohanesian


2009 – 2010 The International Center of Photography, New York, USA – Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
2004 – 2008 The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Minor: Conflict Resolution


2010 – Present Freelance Photographer, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Burundi, Myanmar

  • Magazines, newspapers, websites, NGOs, and the UN
  • Photographs have been published by: The New York Times, The BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and TIME

2011 – Present UNICEF, South Sudan and Somalia

  • Contract photographer
  • Topics include: maternal and child health, water sanitation, refugees, IDPs, child friendly spaces, education, and immunization campaigns

2012 – 2013 Thompson Reuters, Juba, South Sudan

  • Photographer, six in-depth special reports
  • Wider Image Grant, South Sudan strikes gold

2009 Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs, California

  • Master class in documentary photography
  • Taught by Steve McCurry

Grants, Exhibitions, Awards

2015 1st Place, Panoramic Images from Darfur, Sudan, International Photography Awards
2015 Shortlisted for Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents
2015 Getty Reportage Emerging Photographer Award
2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop Scholarship Winner
2014 Eddie Adams Workshop, National Geographic Award
2014 LensCulture Emerging Talent Award
2014 Magnum Photos Top ’30 Under 30’ Award
2013 International Center of Photography, New York, USA – Group exhibition, I'll Be Your Mirror
2010 National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, Port Sudan, Sudan – Photographer, Desertification and the Culture of the Beja
2010 International Center of Photography, New York, USA – Group exhibition, Of Bodies and Other Things


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