Monday, March 18, 2013
The Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi
has been honored for his collection on the Somali civil war at the 9th
Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards in Tokyo.
group of children and young men play football in the district of Hamar
Wayene in Mogadishu, Somalia in an undated photo from Hossein Fatemi’s
collection “Somalia - 3 Decades of Civil War”. The building in the
background shows the scars of the Somali civil war that has ravaged the
country since 1991.
He was presented one of the three prizes awarded for third place for
his collection entitled “Somalia - 3 Decades of Civil War”, the
contest’s website announced on March 9.
The Japanese photographers Noriko Hayashi and Kohtaro Miyata won the two other awards for third place.
The Serbian photographer Goran Tomasevic won the first prize for his photo collection on Syria.
Fatemi is the representative of Panos Pictures, a photo agency
specializing in the global social issues, driven by the vision and
commitment of its photographers and staff.
This edition of the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards was on the theme the dignity of human beings and nature.
Fatemi has won several national and international awards including a
silver medal from the Delaware Photographic Society in the United States
(2006); and a gold medal in both the Asahi Shimbun International
Competition in Japan (2005 and 2006) and the China International
Photojournalism Contest (2007 and 2009).