Taylor Wessing prize: Teenage migrant portrait wins photography award

From BBC - November 15, 2017

A hard-hitting picture of a 16-year old migrant has won a prestigious photography prize.

The photograph of Amadou Sumaila was taken moments after his rescue while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in August 2016.

Cesar Dezfuli was named winner of the Taylor Wessing prize for the image - taken 20 miles from the Libyan coast.

The Spanish photographer received the prize and awarded 15,000 in a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery.

The judges said: "Against the balance and precision of Dezfuli's composition, the directness of Sumaila's gaze is striking and unsettling. The portrait powerfully conveys his loss, solitude and determination."

Sumaila has since found temporary accommodation in a reception centre for migrants in Italy.

The second prize went to British photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith for her image of a girl on a bus in the Iraqi city of Mosul, as she was fleeing from the so-called Islamic State.

The shot of the young woman was taken as a convoy of buses arrived bringing people to the safety of the Hasan Sham camp in northern Iraq.


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