In addition to the winning photo series, the independent jury also awarded ten honorable mentions. The stories show children from many different countries all over the world.


Honorable Mentions 2017

Ana Palacios (Spain)

Tanzania: Stronger than the sun

Ana Palazios reports on the fate of albinos in Africa – and on the danger these white-skinned children live in due to the horrible superstition that their body parts can bring good luck.

Andrew Quilty (Australia)

Afghanistan: Bismillah’s Sense of Snow

Far, far away from what we call the “alpine skiing circus”, there is some winter fun in Afghanistan, that is not exactly a mass phenomen there.

Anna Boyiazis (USA)

Zanzibar: On the girls’ right not to drown

Boyiazis works as a photojournalist covering mainly women’s rights. She is active in the campaign #womenmatter.

Anush Babajanyan (Armenia)

Côte d’Ivoire: Creating hope together

Anush Babajanyan coincidentally found out about this kind of offering that combines superstition, poverty and a peculiar form of child labor. 

Christian Werner (Germany)

Syria: Nothing is over

Aleppo in ruins, Homs an apocalypse. Among the ruins: Girls like Victoria who is at least alive and has returned with her brother and her parents to a house they can’t live in anymore.

Jacob Ehrbahn (Denmark)

Bangladesh: Waiting with their last ounce of strength

Another Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Here they are sitting in line and waiting for help – sometimes the whole day.

Leona Ohsiek (Germany)

Germany: When dad is everything

Leona Ohsiek has documented “the ups and downs of a small family without a mother” in a sensitive and affectionate manner.

Toby Binder (Germany)

Great Britain: On the losing side

Toby Binder documented the situation of children in the traditional working-class districts of Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

Yuliya Skorobogatova (Russia)

Yuliya Skorobogatova: Peaceful coexistence

“You don’t work, you’re only looking after the baby.” These words encouraged Skorobogatova to carry out an empowering project.

Zohra Bensemra (Algeria)

Zohra Bensemra: Freed, but not free of fear

Bensemra traveled from Mosul to the Syrian city of Raqqa, the next location in the battle to oust ISIS, to the next place where children also die.