Image of a street child in Odessa wins UNICEF International Photo Award
Face of a catastropheEva Luise Köhler honours the winner of the "UNICEF Photo of the Year 2005" award The Scottish photographer David Gillanders is the winner of this year’s international photographic contest, UNICEF Photo of the Year“.
His photo of Yana, a street child in Odessa, captures the scale and human tragedy of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. Yana was originally from Moldova, the poorest country in Eastern Europe. Her father, an alcoholic, died young and her mother went to jail when Yana was eight years old. Yana had been living on the streets ever since, most recently in Odessa. She died on the street last Christmas, addicted to drugs and infected with HIV.
The photo shows Yana in front of her “home” -- a makeshift shed in a park in
Yana's fate is no longer unusual in a region with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. Some 80% of all infected people in the region are under the aged of 30, and 10% are children like Yana.
David Gillanders has been chronicling the lives of street children in Odessa for the last three years, focusing on a lost generation of children growing up without parental protection.
The UNICEF Photo of the Year award is organised by the German National Committee for UNICEF and is supported by the magazine GEO and Citibank. More than 890 photos were submitted for the award this year -- its sixth year -- by 87 of the world’s best photographers from 20 countries. The jury is headed by Timm Rautert, Professor for Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.
Angela Rupprecht, Concept and Project Management, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Germany. Tel: (+49 173) 547 5351. email: firstname.lastname@example.org