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Panos photographers win POYi awards

Two Panos photographers – William Daniels and Mads Nissen – have won prizes at this year’s Pictures of the Years international awards organised by the Missouri School of Journalism.

William Daniels won the First Prize in the Human Conflict category with his work on the Central African Republic.


Click HERE to view more images.

Mads Nissen won the Third Prize in the Feature Picture Story – Newspaper category for his series on Greenland.


To view more images, please click HERE.

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Interview and video with George Georgiou in the British Journal of Photography

George Georgiou speaks about his new photo book Last Stop, available to buy HERE, to Tom Seymour at the British Journal of Photography.


You can also watch a ‘making of’ video, following George as he worked on his book.

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George Georgiou giving a workshop at Spazio Labo’ in Bologna, Italy

Panos photographer George Georgiou will be giving a workshop on the topic of Working towards a photo book on 28 and 29 March 2015 at:

Spazio Labo’
Centro di fotografia
Via Frassinago 43/2c


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Panos photographers win World Press Photo awards

Two Panos photographers – Mads Nissen and Kacper Kowalski – have won World Press Photo awards this year.

Mads Nissen was awarded the main prize – the World Press Photo of the Year – for an image of Jon and Alex, two young gay men in St Petersburg, Russia, sharing an intimate moment. The same image was also awarded a First Prize Single in the Contemporary Issues category.

Jon and Alex in an intimate moment.

Kacper Kowalski won a Second Prize in a new category this year at World Press Photo – Long Term Projects – with his ongoing work on aerial images of his native Poland showing the effects of human activity on nature.


We are proud to be working with these photographers and congratulate them on their prizes at this year’s World Press Photo Contest.

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Mads Nissen wins World Press Photo of the Year

Panos photographer Mads Nissen has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award with an image of Jon and Alex, two young gay men in St Petersburg, Russia, sharing an intimate moment. The image is part of Mads’ ongoing project about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people living in Russia where recent legislation has clamped down on any overt expression of peoples’ sexual orientation and violence against LGBT people has increased dramatically.

Adrian Evans, Director of Panos Pictures, says: “With this award World Press Photo recognises the importance of long form photojournalism, shining a light on issues that don’t make the front pages. We are at a point in time where the media needs photo journalists more than ever. Massive congratulations to Mads.”

Jon and Alex in an intimate moment.

Mads Nissen.  Foto: Morten Rode

About Mads Nissen (b. 1979)

“My work focuses on contemporary issues such as over-population, poverty, human rights violations and man’s often-destructive relationship with nature. Just after I graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism in 2007, I moved to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historical economic rise. After two years in China, I returned to Denmark in 2009 where I worked for Berlingske/ Scanpix until recently where I signed a contract with POLITIKEN.

I’ve been a participant at the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and my work has received awards from World Press Photo, Picture of the Year among others, as well as the Danish Picture of the Year where it has received 15 prizes incl. Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year, both twice. I’ve published two books: My long-term personal project ‘AMAZONAS’ (2006-2013, Gyldendal) and ‘The Fallen – Danes killed in the Afghan-war’ (2009-2010, Peoples Press).”

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Stefan Boness wins prestigious Rückblende prize

Panos photographer Stefan Boness has won the first prize at Germany’s annual Rückblende awards for political photography and caricature for his images of Angela Merkel at the Chancellor’s office in Berlin.

SBO Rueckblende

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Matias Costa

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Guy Martin given a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant

Panos photographer Guy Martin is one of 11 grantees of this year’s Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund for his ongoing work on Turkey.

Since 2009, the Foundation has handed out grants to 60 photographer from 42 countries to the tune of $ 500,000. The Fund “enables independent documentary photographers to investigate and document under-reported social justice stories by providing seed support, mentoring and technical assistance.”.


To view more of Guy’s images you can click on the image below, featured on TIME Magazine’s Lightbox site.


or click HERE for a full set on the Panos Website.

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Hunger strike at Asylum Seeker detention centre on Manus Island, PNG, broken up.

After 7 days, a hunger strike by by asylum seekers in a detention centre on the Papua New Guinea island of Manus has been brought to an end by security guards who are reported to have taken 30 men, the ‘ringleaders’, away and put some in solitary confinement.

Construction workers walk around the secure perimeter fence of the Refugee Processing Centre at Lombrum, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. 2014. © Vlad Sokhin / Panos Pictures

Since 2001, Australian governments from both sides of the political spectrum have presided over a controversial asylum and immigration policy that has led to thousands of would-be immigrants who arrive on boats en route to Australia being taken to remote detention centres on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus in Papua New Guinea. Triggered by large numbers of asylum seekers arriving on boats during the premiership of John Howard, Australia’s long serving Liberal prime minister, this so called ‘Pacific Solution’ has been criticised for its harshness and numerous protest in detention centres on Nauru and Manus, some ending to violent altercations with security guards, have led to human rights groups to question the legality of refugees’ treatment and detention.


Papua New Guinean policemen from the mobile squad stand near their patrol car with a Spider-Man holding a PNG flag on the bonnet. Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. 2014. © Vlad Sokhin / Panos Pictures

In July 2013, the newly elected Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared that ‘asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia’. In September that year the government launched its ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’, an army-run border protection drive which combined with an information campaign dubbed the ‘No Way’ campaign, telling asylum seekers that ‘if you come to Australia illegally by boat there is now way you will ever make Australia home.’

Local women sell fruits and roasted ‘cascas’ (possums) at the market in Lorengau town, Manus island, Papua New Guinea. 2014. © Vlad Sokhin / Panos Pictures

For those already caught up in the system, however, prospects look grim. Short of accepting repatriation to their countries of origin asylum seekers are left with the option of being granted local citizenship in Papua New Guinea if their application for asylum is successful. For many of the detainees, being allowed to settle in what are remote and closely knit communities that have their own social and economic struggles can feel unappealing to downright frightening.

Children walk past a petrol station in Lorengau, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. 2014. © Vlad Sokhin / Panos Pictures

In July 2013 a major riot swept across Nauru’s detention centre, causing injuries and up to A$ 60 million of damage reported. Complaining of overcrowding, water shortages and even abuse, asylum seekers sowed their lips shut in late 2014 and a group of about 200 men went on hunger strike on Manus Island in January 2015 to protest against their treatment by the Australian authorities and security guards on the island. Rather than face open ended detention on the Pacific island, some asylum seekers are now asking to be handed over to the UN.

George Lokowah, chief and local councillor at Mokoreng Village and a fierce opponent of the nearby Lombrum Refugee Processing Centre. Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. 2014. © Vlad Sokhin / Panos Pictures

Some communities in Nauru have seen strife between local residents, the vast majority of whom are unemployed, and asylum seekers emerging from the detention centres, desperate to find work. There is also a growing sense of anger among locals on both islands who feel that they have not been consulted about the new arrivals and worry that the foreigners will not be able to integrate into the local communities.

Vlad Sokhin has been covering the flashpoints of Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’ over the past year and is currently based between Portugal and Papua New Guinea, following events as they unfold.

To view more images on NAURU, please click HERE. To view more images on MANUS ISLAND, please click HERE.

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William Daniels receives 2014 Tim Hetherington Grant

We are delighted to hear that Panos photographer William Daniels, currently working in the Central African Republic, has received the prestigious Tim Hetherington Grant. The grant is offered by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch in memory of Tim Hetherington, another former Panos photographer who was tragically killed in Libya in April 2011.

William’s World Press Award winning work on the ongoing civil war in Central African Republic was chosen from among 198 entries. He will receive a bursary of € 20,000 which he can use to complete his work.


To view more of William’s work on Central African Republic, please click on the titles below:

Caught in a Nightmare

Spectre of Genocide

Central African Reprisals

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Patrick Brown interviewed on feature shoot

Patrick Brown has been interviewed about his work on

To read the full interview, please click HERE or on the image below.


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Vlad Sokhin launching Crying Meri book in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand

Vlad Sokhin is launching his new book Crying Meri – violence against women in Papua New Guinea, which looks at gender based violence in Papua New Guinea, in two cities in New Zealand.

The first book launch will take place at:

Amnesty International Office
111 Karangahape Road
New Zealand

on Friday 5 December 2014 from 12pm – 2pm.


The second book launch will take place at:

D4 Cafe

143 Featherston St
Wellington 6142
New Zealand

on Saturday 6 December 2014 from 9:15 to 10:45am.


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Julio Etchart working with Photovoice in Singapore

Julio Etchart has been collaborating with the charity Photovoice doing workshops with Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) in Singapore. A short documentary on the project can be viewed here or by clicking on the play button below.

You can read an interview with Julio about the project on the news website France24.


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Guy Martin given Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant

Vlad Sokhin covering Asylum seeker protests, PNG

William Daniels wins 2014 Tim Hetherington Grant

George Georgiou at Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France

Kacper Kowalski at The Curator Gallery, New York

Espen Rasmussen at Jean Denis Walter gallery, Paris, France

Mads Nissen in Politiken

Vlad Sokhin in Internazionale

Georgios Makkas on BJP website

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