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Portrait of Darfur Child wins “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004”

© Marcus Bleasdale
Darfur in Flames, June 2004 – “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004” . Exhausted, desperate: A child waits with her mother in Disa, the Northern Sudanese province of Darfur.

BERLIN, Germany, 20 December, 2004—Germany’s First Lady and UNICEF patroness, Eva Luise Kohler, honoured British photographer Marcus Bleasdale with UNICEF Germany's photo prize  “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004” for his portrait of a refugee child in Darfur.

“The UNICEF Photo of the Year 2004” is giving a face to the biggest refugee tragedy worldwide: It is the face of a child,” said Ms. Kohler.

Mr. Bleasdale is a critically acclaimed photo-journalist who has photographed children in conflict situations around the world, from the Balkans to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His work has appeared in a variety of publications including  the New York Times and  Harper’s Magazine.

This year’s winning photo by Mr. Bleasdale is entitled “Darfur in Flames, June 2004.” It is a poignant look at the destruction and devastation being inflicted on so many in this western region of Sudan. The photo captures a child desperately grasping her mother’s hand  after the Arab militia burned to the ground, the family’s home and then the entire village.

Mr. Bleasdale spent the month of June photographing children caught in the continuing conflict in Darfur. UNICEF estimates 2.56 million people there have been affected in the past 20 months. 

Last year, Mr. Bleasdale won honourable mention in the UNICEF contest for his portrait of a child from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. 

The “UNICEF Photo of the Year” is an annual photo award given by the German National Committee with support from Canon and GEO magazine. This award is generously sponsored by Citibank Germany.

The competition is dedicated to the children of the world and to excellence in photography - its artistic quality and creativity. It honours the photo that best depicts the emotions of a situation or event in a child’s life anywhere in the world.




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