Another Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Many didn’t make it that far – their throats were cut, they were thrown off cliffs, their limbs were hacked off. Those who survived have brought with them the traumatic memories of the events. Now they are sitting in line and waiting for help – sometimes the whole day. A young mother tries to free her child from the crowd, get some fresh air and shade.

Danish photojournalist Jacob Ehrbahn, born in 1970, has worked for the daily newspaper Politiken since 2003 and was on site to capture this scene. He is a three-time winner of the “Photographer of the Year” award in his home country of Denmark; at an international level, he has won almost as many renowned prizes as Muhammed Muheisen. And like Muheisen and other photographers, whose works from war zones can be seen here, Ehrbahn’s photo series prove that even a billion pictures shared on Facebook cannot diminish the importance of socially engaged, professional photography. These are the images that make it impossible to forget and to look away. The images that create political pressure to act.

Curriculum Vitae: Jacob Ehrbahn (for Politiken)

UNICEF Foto des Jahres: Jacob Ehrbahn

© Jacob Ehrbahn

Jacob Ehrbahn (1970) is a Danish photojournalist who has been a staff photographer at the Danish daily national newspaper Politiken since 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Jyllands-Posten , another Danish national newspaper, for six years.

Through the years, Ehrbahn has covered prominent news stories as well as the daily lives of people throughout the world. He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named second and third place Newspaper Photographer of the Year by POYi in 2003 and 2011. He’s a two-time World Press Photo winner with second and third-place prizes in 2004 and 2013. In 2014 he was named Photographer of the Year in Denmark for the third time.


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