OjodePez nº 26
PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values 2011
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We have reached the fourth edition of PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values. This year we have received more than 700 entries from over 50 countries. The strength of humanity are its values. This year´s finalists are proof of this.
The winner of 2011 PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values is Jan Cága, with his luminous view on the heroism of disabled athletes. Love and strength connect the stories by Sarah Carp and Rosario Heer, dealing with sickness and family; and family ties and values are also key to Dmitry Markov’s story on orphans who have chosen each other as brothers, and Simone Donati’s “angels” who have decided for an alternative life, away from the fakeness of urban context. A conscious choice is also that of Carlo Bevilacqua’s modern age hermits, seeking peace and truth on their solitary path. A state, that of loneliness, which is not always a choice, as for the women prisoners in Brazil, narrated by Jackie Dewe Mathews. On a different note, Maija Tammi brings us softly and smilingly into the personal and social life of a woman just about 4 feet tall. Finally, the atrocities of the world peek at us through the stories depicted by Maysun’s portraits of women witnesses of the Burmese military abuses, and the detailed journalistic recounting by Giancarlo Ceraudo of Argentina’s dictatorship and its consequences, still taking toil today.
Frédérique Babin, editor and photography publisher of the French publication Le Monde Magazine: Caroline Hunter, Deputy Picture Editor of Guardian Weekend, in London and Nissan Pérez, photography curator in the Museum of Israel who together with me have carefully considered the entries and thoughtfully chosen the finalists.