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‘Extreme Pain, but Also Extreme Joy’ – Maggie Shannon wins at the Global Peace Photo Award 2021 for the Peace Image of the Year

On the evening of the UN International Day of Peace, 21 September 2021, winners of the international photography competition, Global Peace Photo Award, were awarded for the ninth time at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. Recipients of Alfred-Fried Peace medals for their work are : Nate Hofer for ‘One and a Half Acres’, Shabana Zahir for ‘Our Journey’, Derrick Ofusu Boateng for ‘Peace and Strength’, Snezhana von Büdingen for ‘Meeting Sofie’, and Maggie Shannon for ‘Extreme Pain, but Also Extreme Joy ’.

Winner of the Global Peace Photo Award main prize Peace Image of the Year 2021, worth € 10000, is Maggie Shannon for her reportage about home births during the first lockdown in Los Angeles in spring 2020. The hospitals are flooded with Covid patients. In the maternity wards, spouses are not allowed. Many women want to give birth at home. Without mask, with the fathers. They are afraid of the hospitals. They are in panic. The midwifes receive emergency calls. In this situation, Margaret Shannon decides to accompany four of these midwives. She is impressed with the calm and decisiveness of these women. With their experience. And she is elated by those moments when all the pain has been overcome and the private happiness simply drowns out all the knowledge of the global pandemic.

Winner of the The Children’s Peace Image of the Year 2021 in the Children and Youth category, worth € 1000, is seven-year-old Aadhyaa Aravind Shankar from IndiaHer photo ‘Lap of Peace’ shows Aadhyaa’s mother resting in the lap of her reading mother. Both women are framed by plants that provide freshness. From outside, a cooling breeze comes in. Whether still a child or long grown up, Aadhyaa is convinced : Everyone finds peace in such moments. Finds safety and relaxation. Besides the Peace Image of the Year award received by Maggie Shannon, further recipients of the Alfred-Fried Peace Medals in 2021 are :


American photographer Nate Hofer for his work ‘One and a Half Acres’. Through the eye of his camera drone, he shows us his version of “swords to ploughshares”. A transition from military to civil : They look peaceful, these rectangular pieces of landscape in the American Midwest. Farming land, parking space for scrapped cars, area of wild growth, a church square, a forest, or a harvesting yard. But beneath them used to be hidden what could once have brought the death of millions : 450 launching platforms for intercontinental ballistic missiles, aimed at the Soviet Union. The end for these platforms of destruction came when US president George W. Bush and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev managed to agree in 1991 on the START treaty : an agreement to at least reduce their nuclear weapons arsenal. Once the missile launch facilities had been dismantled, the land was sold back to the farmers.


Afghan photographer Shabana Zahir for her images created in her refugee camp in Greece entitled ‘Our journey’. In a very direct way, a young woman, so far completely unknown in the photography community, has translated her thoughts and feelings into pictures. In Farsi, her surname means “belonging to the night”. It was at night that her flight began. It lasted for months. Across borders, barbed wire, mountains. Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey. In Turkey, Shabana worked as a waitress in a small restaurant and learned the language. Then she came to Greece on a boat. In the hope of getting to Western Europe, to Germany, along the route through the Balkans. A hope so far dashed. The refugee camp of Diavata near Thessaloniki. Two years of agony. Feeling wordless and useless. Until the small NGO Una mano per un Sorriso, a hand for a smile, introduced Shabana to photography. To a new way of expressing herself. To speaking in pictures.

Derrick Ofusu Boateng from Ghana for his work ‘Peace and Strength’. He is someone who loves Africa and its cultures. Who does not agree with our solidified image of Africa from news and films. He is someone who wants to emphatically celebrate the strength of the Africans. Their poetry. So he set out with his mobile camera, quite simply, as he says. Of course, he composes his pictures. Uses color generously. Wants beauty. Wants a personal victory over the everyday struggle. He celebrates play. He photographs and paints at the same time.


Russian-born, German-resident photographer Snezhana von Büdingen for her work ‘Meeting Sofie’ : Snezhana von Büdingen got to know her in autumn 2017, at the home of the girl, then 18-years-old, a farmstead dating back to the 16th century in the village of Eilenstedt in the German state of Sachsen-Anhalt. A fairy-tale garden, a house full of antiques and old paintings. It is like out of a different era, says the photographer, dreamy, harmonic, full of peace. And in it this special young woman. Self-confident, at peace with herself, who likes pretty clothes, is in love with a young man, secure in her family. In transition from child to adult, with all that entails in searching and trying things out and small dramas. Snezhana von Büdingen at first documented the intimate love between mothers and their children with Down syndrome in a series of portraits taken in a studio in Cologne. But the vitality and diversity of her intimate long-term project with Sophie makes her hope to take down the “imaginary boundaries” between us and the lives others. We humans, she says, “definitely need more acceptance, more integration, more love.”


The Global Peace Photo Award 2021 received a total of 16,396 images from 114 countries, most of which from India followed by Russia, USA, Germany, and Iran.

Submitted photos were judged by a top-notch jury. The reasons given by the jury members from eight nations behind the total of six awards were formulated by long-time GEO Editor-in-Chief Peter-Matthias Gaede from Hamburg. GoSee : friedaward.com/jury

The prize was inspired by Austrian pacifist and author Alfred Hermann Fried (* 11 November 1864, Vienna; † 4 May 1921, Vienna). Fried received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, together with Tobias Asser, organizer of the first International The Hague Peace Conference.

The Awards Ceremony – In his welcoming speech, Peter Raggl, President of the Austrian Federal Council, emphasized the extraordinary cooperation with the Global Peace Photo Award and how important it is to give peace a forum in these times.

The host throughout the evening was Lois Lammerhuber, who initiated the Global Peace Photo Award together with his wife Silvia Lammerhuber and has organized it from the very beginning. He reminded us once again that “peace is not the absence of war, but something I would like to call a successful life. Every year, the submitted photos and stories touch us anew with their creativity and passion for what is good and peaceful in this world.”

Following a moment of silence to commemorate the journalists killed in 2021, Galina Timchenko, founder and director of the Latvian online platform ‘Meduza’, gave a blazing speech for freedom of expression : “This campaign against freedom of speech, against truth and European values is not just about Russia, it’s a direct threat to all Europe. And the only defense we, civil society, could build, the only shield we have, is made from paper or monitors with text or photos on it. Free, objective, trusted information gives us hope to protect all we believe in.”


Afterwards, the Children’s Peace Image of the Year 2021 award was presented to 7-year-old Aadhyaa Aravind Shankar from India for her photo ‘Lap of Peace’. The award was given to her by Mag. Gerhard Lahner, Board Member and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), which supports this award : “The philosophy of Vienna Insurance Group to think in and for generations and thus take responsibility has always been at the heart of the business conducted by our insurance group. Which is why taking social and cultural responsibility in the long term is of particular importance to us.”

Claudia Dannhauser, Head of the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association, ORF Zeit im Bild, reflected in her speech on the importance of peace and that the Global Peace Photo Award makes a wonderful contribution to it : “Peace is a word that triggers different associations and emotions in each of us. To find the one image that symbolizes peace? It is not an easy task. The Global Peace Photo Award has been doing it for years. It is an invaluable contribution to sharpen the view, to raise the importance of peace for all of us – in times when war is commonplace, those affected do not always get quick help, and cynicism often wins out over idealism.”

The five prize winners, who were later awarded the Alfred Fried Peace Medal, expressed in their reportages and images this year best what peace can look like.

This year’s chairman of the 25-member jury, Eric Falt, Director UNESCO New Delhi, India, emphasized in his closing keynote speech, on the one hand, the high quality of the submitted photos, and on the other, the importance of gender equality : “There were so many extraordinary images expressing Peace in our 2021 photo contest. For the Image of the Year, our jury eventually selected the moving photographs of Maggie Shannon, who chronicled the work of midwives in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 crisis, unsung heroes of the pandemic assisting women to bring newborns into our crazy but beautiful world. In fact, three of our winners this year were female photographers showcasing women, which reminded us that there will be no true peace anywhere until and unless we achieve equality for women and men everywhere.”

The evening culminated in the announcement of the winning photograph. The award was presented by sponsor Silvia Lammerhuber, Peter Raggl, the President of the Austrian Federal Council, and this year’s jury Chairman Eric Fault. Lucky winner Maggie Shannon spoke last and found touching words for her awarded photographic work in her acceptance speech. GoSee : friedaward.com
01.10.2021 show complete article

 

Images full of tradition, happiness, tragedy and magic : ABSOLUT CUBA (EDITION LAMMERHUBER) is the ultimate declaration of love by Raúl Cañibano, one of the most gifted photographers in Latin America, to his home country

The mood of the largest Caribbean island couldn’t be captured more beautifully, cleverly, sensually and accurately than this! In this book, Raúl Cañibano presents a selection from his photographic oeuvre spanning almost three decades. His surprising, caring, yet incredibly precise take and his lightening-fast, instinctive and gripping intellect let him capture moments which might seem totally familiar: normal everyday life in urban or rural settings.

His project Tierra Guajira pays tribute to Cuban farmers in an almost anthropological approach – tracing his own childhood in the east of the country. Raúl Cañibano combines it with pictures from his series Ciudad, Fe por San Lázaroand Ocaso to give us a sense of the heart and soul of Cuba.

“They all show themselves as they are, give themselves over – albeit unaware they are doing so – to the artist’s gaze basically in the complexity of their existence, granting us a glimpse into their inner selves and thus unveiling the human being in them. All Cañibano needs in order to substantiate their image are the individual and a bit of light. Nothing more and nothing less.” Leonardo Padura Fuentes

RAÚL CAÑIBANO, born in Havana in 1961, trained to be a welder and started, self-taught, to get involved with photography for the first time in 1984. In engaging with the works of the great masters of painting, he formed his own style, which he refers to as “somehow surrealist”. His work has been published in magazines across the world and shown in major photographic museums and at well-known festivals. He is a member of the Unión de Escritores y Artista de Cuba (uneac) and the Fondo Cubano de la Imagen. His pictures have been acquired by prominent public collections in Cuba, like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, as well as by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He was also awarded the Grand Prix of Cuban Photography.

LEONARDO PADURA FUENTES, born 1955 in Havana, is one of the most successful and popular contemporary writers in Cuba. In 1980, Padura graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Latin American Literature. His reportages as a journalist for El Caimán Barbudo and essays on literature and books were very successful. In 1989, he became the Editor-in-Chief for La Gaceta de Cuba and began writing crime stories and would completely reinvent the Cuban crime novel. He uses the genre as the basis for social novels which reflect the experiences and attitudes towards life of contemporary Cubans. He has received numerous awards for his work.

ABSOLUT CUBA - Raúl Cañibano
With a text by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
17 × 23.5 cm, 192 pages, 100 photos, German, English, Spanish
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‘Peace Image of the Year’ – Awards for Iranian photographer Sasan Moayyedi at the Global Peace Photo Award 2020, powered by EDITION LAMMERHUBER

With a delay of almost a year due to Covid-19, the winners of the international photo competition ‘Global Peace Photo Award’ were honored for the eighth time on the evening of 19 July, 2021, in the Austrian Parliament. The main prize ‘Peace Image of the Year 2020’ with a value of € 10,000 went to Iranian photographer Sasan Moayyedi, who lives in Tehran, for a photo from his reportage entitled ‘Love Story’ on the remarkable fate of Salah Saeedpour.

As a fifteen-year-old, Salah Saeedpour stepped on a landmine during a family picnic in the Iranian-Kurdish province of Marivan near the border to Iraq and lost both hands and both eyes. He physically became a cripple. According to the numbers with which such a condition is measured, he has been 70 percent disabled ever since. But he hasn’t given up. He continued to exercise his mutilated body, without being able to see the slightest bit of the world around him, until he started winning medals in swimming. That’s when he met the love of his life, a young Kurdish woman named Sarveh Amini he married in 2014. Four months following the wedding, Iranian photo journalist Sasan Moayyedi started to document the life of the couple, and has done so to this day.

The international jury described Moayyedi’s reportageLove Story’ as “the story of a private peace that has the power to triumph over war.”

Fourteen
-year-old Anastasiya Bolshakova from Russia won the prize for the best Children’s Peace Image of the Year. The prize, worth 1000 euros, is sponsored by the Vienna Insurance Group and was awarded for an image of her series ‘Flight of Soul’ – “a photograph of a peaceful childhood in a peaceful landscape. A little bit dreamy, very light, very airy. Carried by the feeling of being able to fly safely between heaven and earth.”

The Global Peace Photo Award 2020 received a stunning total of 19,711 images from 118 countries. Most entries came from Russia, China, India, Germany, and Iran. The submitted images were judged by a top-notch international jury comprising photographers, publishers and representatives from photography associations, from the World Press Photo Awards, the German Youth Photography Award, and UNESCO.

The award was inspired by Alfred Hermann Fried (* 11 November 1864, Vienna; † 4 May 1921, Vienna), an Austrian pacifist and author. Fried received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, together with Tobias Asser, organizer of the first International The Hague Peace Conference and instigator of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The Global Peace Photo Award is organized by Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG), UNESCO, the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association, the International Press Institute (IPI), the German Youth Photography Award, and the World Press Photo Foundation.

The Awards Ceremony - In his welcoming speech, Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian National Council, said he considered himself fortunate that the Global Peace Photo Award was presented in the rooms of the Austrian Parliament – which this time, however, were transformed into a stage in the Kurpark of Baden near Vienna as an alternative venue for the two hours of the award ceremony, integrated into the programme of the La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival, where the award-winning pictures are exhibited and can thus be seen by around 300,000 visitors until 17 October. 


Sobotka continues : “Photography, as a very special art medium, has the mission to lead us forward and to awaken our sensibilities. What these images give us tonight as takeaway is what we call contemplation. This is what our republic needs, this is what the world as a whole needs, and this is what every single person needs. Because everyone struggles to live in peace for themselves, for their family, for their surroundings, and to be the best version of themselves. Photography knows how to capture these moments and present them to us instantaneously. And for that I am also personally grateful.”

Lois Lammerhuber, who initiated the Global Peace Photo Award together with his wife Silvia Lammerhuber, reminded the audience that “peace is not the absence of war, but something I would like to call a successful life.”

Invited by Barbara Trionfi, Director of the International Press Institute (IPI), Márton Gergely, Editor-in-Chief of the Hungarian weekly HVG, said in a moving speech: “We are working in a time when the powerful decry disagreeable media as fake news and declare journalists the enemy. They accuse media professionals of being political actors who spread lies in the service of ideology. They do this because they know: Real journalists can only respond to their provocation in a very limited way. Journalists are committed to the truth. Unfortunately, the powerful of this world are not.”

The last award ceremony took place in September 2019. Since then, 91 journalists and photojournalists have been killed around the world. Danish Siddiqui was head of photography for Reuters in India. He died four days ago in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan. One day earlier, we lost Peter de Vries. He was gunned down – in the middle of Amsterdam, the killers fired at him. Only days before, Alexander Lashkarava died of his injuries. He was beaten up by right-wing thugs when he wanted to report from an anti-LGBTQ march.

This year’s chairman of the 25-member jury, Pascal Maitre from France, who could not attend, was represented by Lars Boering, director of the European Journalism Center in Maastricht. “It’s easy to capture an image, but to tell a story through an image is much more difficult and especially telling a story through a series of photos. What we are trying to find as a jury is about something – about peace! I am happy to do so as a jury member. I think it is a wonderful initiative because I can certainly say that the photos that we awarded are about something.”

The statement of the jury members from eight nations for the total of six awards was formulated by long-standing GEO Editor-in-Chief Peter-Matthias Gaede from Hamburg.

David Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, which was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, gave a blazing speech. He said he was convinced that it was possible to end world hunger, but that only peace could pave the way: “Hunger is increasing around the globe, and the main cause remains conflict. Conflict creates hunger, and hunger in turn fuels conflict. It is a vicious circle that is reinforced by climate change and the pandemic, and we must break it! The winning pictures are a reminder that love and compassion can heal the wounds of war and give hope. I have hope for a better future, and that drives me and my dedicated WFP colleagues working on the frontlines of the fight against hunger. Humanity is healthier, richer and more educated than ever before. Over the last 200 years, sustainable economic growth and development have lifted billions of people out of poverty. If we all stand together, from individual donors to governments and billionaires flying into space, we can end hunger in this world. Thank God for photographers who are allowing us to break through the fog so that we can see reality. Because when we see the truth, hearts are moved and people respond.” GoSee : friedaward.com
03.08.2021 show complete article