Australian photographer named as the winner of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award
Australian photographer Patrick Brown has been named as the winner of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for his project, No Place on Earth. It documents the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and one of the most rapid human exodus in recent history. Risking death at sea or on foot, more than 700,000 Rohingya fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar. Arriving in Bangladesh at the makeshift camps, most refugees reported harrowingly consistent stories of murder and rape, all of which testify to a deliberate campaign of eradication. No Place on Earth provides an intimate portrait of the Rohingya survivors and their bleak conditions in overcrowded refugee camps.
Limitless Africans by Mikael Owunna. The work is a collaborative response between the photographer and his community, to re-define what it means to be an immigrant, African, and queer in North America and Europe at this time.
OMO Change by Fausto Podavini. The work aims to be a meditation on how large-scale investments can put at risk a delicate balance between humans and their environment that has persisted for hundreds of years.
No Place on Earth
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the crackdown in Rakhine State, Burma, “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. There is nothing clean about Ethnic cleansing – up close and on the ground, it’s murder, it’s rape, it’s people being slaughtered in the most systematic and barbaric way. It’s people. While euphemisms and diplomatic language can obscure the true horror inflicted by oppressive regimes, photography cuts through all the cold clinical terminology. Through photographs we’re forced to confront the cruel reality of what ethnic cleansing really looks like.
Almas Khatun, 40, survived the massacre at her Tula Toli village in Myanmar. She says a soldier held her arms behind her back and forced her to watch as other soldiers killed her seven children, her husband and two brothers. She came alone to Bangladesh.
Patrick Brown, 14 December 2017
The limited edition is an edition of 100 signed copies of the book that comes with a signed and numbered 8x10 inch print of 11 years old Noor Haba, who carries her family's belongings to shore, after they had sailed for five hours in the fishing boat to arrive early morning on Shamlapur Beach near Cox’s Bazar.
About Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown is the recipient of the 3P Photographer Award, World Press Award, Days Japan Award, Picture Of The Year Award, New York Photographic Book Award and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award for his work. His work has been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums, including the International Centre of Photography in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, and Visa pour l’Image in France.
His photographs have graced the pages of numerous publications such as, The NewYorker, TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Stern Magazine, Der Spiegel Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Times, Aperture, GEO Germany, International Herald Tribune, plus such origination’s as OXFAM, Human Rights Watch, The Red Cross, and World Vision.
Brown has been represented by the prestigious agency Panos Pictures since 2003 and continues to cover social issues that are often forgotten by the mainstream media today.
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