Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 10 July 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the World.Report Award Documenting Humanity 2020 announces this year’s shortlisted photographers across five categories. And don’t forget to check out the first video interview in our new series Photojournalism Now: In Conversation with Robin Hammond.

Award Finalists:

World.Report Documenting Humanity 2020

More than 1050 submissions were received for the tenth edition of the World.Report Award which is part of the annual Festival of Ethical Photography (Lodi, Italy). The World.Report Award celebrates photography that demonstrates a social commitment. 

This year entries were received from 5 continents and 57 countries. The international jury comprising Sarah Leen (founder of The Visual Thinking Collective and former photography director of National Geographic), academic Peter Bitzer, Alberto Prina (curator and founder of the Festival of Ethical Photography) and Adlo Mendichi (editor and one of the coordinators of the festival) selected ten finalists in each of the five categories – Master, Spotlight, Short Story, Mother Earth (a new category in 2020) and Student. 

Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist. Many of these photographers have featured on Photojournalism Now in the past. It is also fabulous to discover new photographers and see the breadth of stories being covered around the world. These finalists demonstrate the continued commitment by photographers to issues of social justice and bring to light stories that otherwise would not be told.

The shortlist for the Master Award features:

Paula Bronstein (USA) – Ukraine’s War: Elderly Lives Frozen by Conflict

Opytne, Eastern Ukraine: Mariya was killed at the age of 77, her home caught on fire from an oil lantern, firefighters couldnÕt access the home because of the dangers of the front line village, largely controlled by the Ukrainian military. She is seen holding new chicks delivered by ICRC as part of a humanitarian aid service for elderly that live alone. This allows her to raise chickens making a small income. Mariya often speaks with tears in her eyes while talking about the death of her son and her husband. Her son Victor,48, was fatally injured by shelling in 2016 that hit the home. He died in her arms. Her husband, passed away the same year from a heart attack caused by extreme stress of living too close to the front line. She refuses to leave her village because her family are buried near by.”I have nowhere to flee, my whole family is buried here.” “I got used to the continued shelling.” Opytne is a war torn village on the contact line where only 43 people are left due to the dangers. (C) Paula Bronstein

Fabio Bucciarelli (Italy) – We Take the Dead from Morning Till Night

Claudio Travelli (61), a Covid-19 patient, is resting in his bed after being seen by the IRC volunteers, Cenate Sotto, Bergamo, Italy on March 15, 2020. After being examined, Travelli decides to remain at home. The following day – 16th March – his family decides to call the ambulance again because Claudio’s conditions are worsening. Claudio is having a second Covid-19 swab, after the first one proved negative. This time the test is positive. (C) Fabio Bucciarelli

Francesco Comello (Italy) – Butterflies

(C) Francesco Comello

Antonio Faccilongo (Italy) – Habibi

Kobar, Palestine: In Iman Al Barghouti’s bedroom, she hangs the suit of her husband, Nael Al Barghouti, who is the longest-serving prisoner in Israeli custody, having spent 41 years in prison. Nael was arrested on April 4, 1978 after carrying out a commando operation in which one Israeli was killed. Released during Shalit’s agreement between Hamas and Israel in 2011, he has been arrested again and sentenced to life imprisonment. (C) Antonio Faccilongo

Karl Mancini (Italy) – Ni Una Menos

Buenos Aires, Argentina. A woman is walking in one street of the center with a huge mural In the background. All the city is full of wall painted, sometimes entire buildings or streets. Often these paintings are political, many are against gender violence, injustice and people who sadly disappeared in the past. (C) Karl Mancini

Hector Retamal (Chile) – Wuhan: from Lockdown to Slow Recovery

January 30, 2020: Officials in protective suits check on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. (C) Hector Retamal/AFP

Nikita Teryoshin (Russia) – Nothing Personal – the Back Office of War

A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. IDEX 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (C) Nikita Teryoshin

Andrew Testa (UK) – A Nation Divided

UK. London. 19th October 2019 Families eating lunch in a restaurant watch as people march in London in favour of a PeopleÕs vote on Brexit. Opposition to Brexit was expressed in a number of massive marches through the capital city, each time with numbers reaching 750,000,000 to a million people. (C) Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Daniele Volpe (Italy) – Ixil Genocide

Feliciana Bernal stands between the trenches dug by forensic anthropologists in Xe’Xuxcap, Nebaj. She is looking for her one year-old son, who died over 30 years ago. Here is a clandestine cemetery where forensic anthropologists found more than 30 bodies. This kind of cemetery was created in the mountains where people, escaping and hiding from the army persecutions, were forced to live. Far away from medical services and with hard access to food, many people died due to common diseases and hunger. (C) Daniele Volpe

Tariq Zaidi (UK) – A Nation Held Hostage

Heavily tattooed inmates look out of an overcrowded cell. Penal Center of Quezaltepeque, El Salvador. The Penal Center of Quezaltepeque has 1,898 inmates, all of whom are La 18 gang members. (C) Tariq Zaidi

The finalists in the new Mother Earth Award are:

Alessandro Cinque (Italy) – Peru, a Toxic State

Cerro de Pasco February 23, 2020 Anguiely Montes Atencio, 9 years old, brushes her sister’s hair, Ayumi Soraya Montes Atencio, 6 years old, after washing it at the river. They both have a very high presence of heavy metals in their blood. In their houses there is no running water. They live very near to the mining site. “ The dust is everywhere” says their mum who is pregnant and worried because no one is curing her children. (C) Alessandro Cinque

Dario De Dominicis (Italy) – To the Left of Christ

Herons and otner birds compete for the remains of fish, after that fishermen have cleaned their fishing net. Beach of Bancarios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 11/06/2014 -Bancario is located in the north-east of Ilha do Governador, the largest of the islands of the Guanabara Bay. Many of the fishermen who live in the inner part of the bay using this beach as a landing place, to stock up on food or fuel, or to rest when they stay at sea for more than one day. (C) Dario De Dominicis

Aaron Vincent Elkaim (Canada) -A State of Erosion 

September 2018. A cemetery is illuminated by the Northern Lights in the First Nations community of Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Manitoba hydro was forced to reinforce the banks surrounding the cemetery after erosion from fluctuating water levels began the threaten it. (C) Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Matjaz Krivic (Slovenia) – Coming Clean 

Manuel is a traditional salt miner. He has been mining for salt since he was a child. Manuel and the rest of the local people living around Salar de Uyuni are the most effected by the big industrial lithium mining in the area which is using and polluting most of their fresh water. They are fearful of the new plant’s impact on the local population, as their survival is dependent almost entirely on agriculture that needs water. The question is what will ‘the white gold’ ultimately bring Bolivia? Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia 2016. (C) Matjaz Krivic

Carlos Folgoso (Spain) – The Shining Land

Founded in 1956, Mirny town got its name from Mir open pit. Mir open pit is one of the largest excavated holes in the world with 525 m. (1,722 ft) deep and 1,200 m. (3,900 ft) diameter. Since 2001 open pit Mir works are stopped and only underground works are carried out. (C) Carlos Folgoso

David Klammer (Germany) – Fight For Forest

An activist during an eviction of his community (C) David Klammer

Jeff Pachoud (France) – Can’t Imagine Any Other Life

French shepherd Gaetan Meme, 24-years-old, lays salt along a route to guide sheep towards a precise area for grazing, on June 14, 2018, along the Alpine pastures in the mountains near the Col du Glandon, in the French Alps. – Gaetan shepherds a flock of 1,300 sheep in the Alpine pastures from June to October. (C) Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Pablo Piovano (Argentina) – Mapuches. Kuifi Aukiñ Ñi Trepetun – The Awakening Of Ancient Voices

November 17th, 2018 Community of Temucuicuci, Ercilla, IX Region of Araucania, Chile. Procession to the cemetery. Camilo Catrillanca was driving a tractor when he was shot in the neck. Next to him, a 15-year-old boy was traveling and was “miraculously saved” from 5.56 caliber bullets, “war shells,” according to judicial experts. Five of those bullets hit the tractor, and another 21 were found nearby. They were shot by members of the “Jungle Command”, who in their first statements referred to a “confrontation.” The child’s statement, and the evidence subsequently collected by the prosecution, showed that there was no “confrontation”. (C) Pablo Piovano

Alain Schroeder (Belgium) – Saving Orangutans

Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.  Brenda is a female orangutan around 3 months old (she has no teeth yet), that SOCP team confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh. Her arm was badly broken confirmed by an x-ray. The humerus in her left arm was snapped completely in two. The bone surgery was led by Dr. Andreas Messikommer, an invited surgeon from Switzerland specialist for human orthopedic surgery and traumatology and lasted about 3 hours. Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest.  As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting and other development continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat.  (C) Alain Shroeder

James Whitlow Delano (US) – Final Ice Age

Glaciologist, Dr. Gino Casassa Rogazinski, Head of Glaciology at the Min. of Public Works in Santiago, Chile atop Bellingshausen Dome, where he is conducting glacial ice.Temperatures along the Antarctic Peninsula have warmed 3C (5.4 F) since 1951. 87% of its glaciers on the east coast have receded. (C) James Whitlow Delano

You can see all the categories here

The Festival of Ethical Photography is managed purely on a voluntary basis. Its purpose is to bring the general public close to ethically significant content using photography as a means of communication and knowledge, analysing different nuances of the delicate relationship between ethics, communication and photography. The award is open to both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world.

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