November 2015

  • Waiting For Lost Relatives

    Aydin Cetinbostanoglu started photography at the end of the 1960s, holding his first exhibition in 1973 when he was in high school. His photography is influenced by his studies at the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University as well as by current economic and social events. His photographs have appeared in various publications and exhibitions and have been featured on television.

    This photograph depicts Turkish women who have been waiting for relatives who disappeared 20 years ago, it is thought, at the hands of former military dictators. Every Saturday at noon, these women gather with their photographs and flowers to tell their stories to those passing by, even on cold winter days. To this day, they are still waiting for news of their loved ones.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it depicts the profound and ongoing impact of forced disappearances on families and their communities, even decades later.

  • Jesus Black
     Rubel Rony

    Rubel Rony is an assistant director of a video production company in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    This photograph of a 13 year-old child tannery worker was taken in the leather factory, where Rony was previously employed. The leather industry is the second largest export-earning sector in Bangladesh. Because of corruption, many underage children work in this industry and are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Rony discovered that this child had no knowledge about the dangers of the tannery chemicals to his health.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph because it highlights the ongoing use of child labour and pervasive unsafe working conditions in many industries. It is a reminder to consumers to think about where and how leather goods may be produced.

  • Towards Revolution
     Oleksandr Solonenko

    Oleksandr Solonenko has been a professional photographer since 2008.

    This photograph depicts the Euromaidan protests in Kiev, Ukraine, which were fuelled by the percepton of widespread government corruption and human rights abuses. The Euromaidan protests began peacefully on November 21, 2013 in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (“Independence Square”). Subsequently the protests expanded, became violent, and eventually resulted in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. This photograph was taken on January 22, 2014, shortly after the Ukrainian Parliament passed a set of laws infringing human rights, which led to many activists being kidnapped or jailed. In this image, protesters roll out burning tires in attempt to prevent themselves from being shot by government forces.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it depicts how government corruption and the passing of laws depriving basic human rights can force citizens to extreme action: in this case, a revolution.


  • Dispersal
     Arnold C. Jumpay

    Arnold C. Jumpay is a photojournalist whose photographs have appeared in various Philippine and Japanese publications, including newspapers, magazines, and special book projects. He is currently a photo correspondent for the Japanese Nikkei Gallery Magazine Asia - Oceana Edition and is creative director of “Biyaheng Sining,” a creative collective which conducts free art workshops for children in remote areas in the Philippines. 

    The photograph depicts students from the University of the Philippines protesting against ongoing corruption in the Philippines government.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it highlights the idealism and activism of younger generations and shows the lengths to which students will go to combat corruption.