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Can Dündar nominated for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize

Can Dündar, the former editor of the Turkish centre-left Cumhuriyet newspaper is one of four nominees for this year’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The prize “is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause.”


Dündar and his Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül were arrested in early 2015 after the paper published pictures allegedly showing trucks delivering weapons from Turkey into Syria. They were held for 92 days, threatened with life imprisonment on espionage and and terror charges and publicly threatened by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


After surviving an assassination attempt, Dündar resigned from the newspaper and is now believed to be living in Germany, fearful of returning to Turkey which has seen an unprecedented clampdown on the media following the failed military coup


Panos photographer Guy Martin spent a number of days shadowing Dündar at home and in his office in the month before the attempted coup and gained unique insight into the life and struggle of this courageous journalist and the challenges facing Turkish media more broadly.


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St Louis vigil ends in Gunfight
by Dermot Tatlow

“Two years ago a young black man, VonDerrit Myers, 18, was shot in the back and killed on this street corner by a white police officer. His family said he had a sandwich in his hand, the police report says it was a gun.

VonDerrit’s family had called for a 7pm vigil to commemorate the death of their only child at the spot outside the Shaw Market on the corner of Shaw and Klemm where he was shot.


Shaw is a quiet mixed neighbourhood of single family houses. The northern part is more white, the southern part more black. Most homes have well kept lawns. All in all, it‘s considered pretty safe. There are a few nice restaurants and a local store, the Shaw Market, sells sandwiches, drinks and everyday items.

I arrived 15 minutes early, parked the car and walked up to the spot where several dozen people were gathering. They were mostly black, young, male and female, the friends and classmates of VonDerrit. It was a community turnout with children, grandparents, white neighbours, community activists and a lady in a wheelchair.

I introduced myself and met the parents of VonDerrit Jr, his mother Syreeta and father VonDerrit Snr. I took a portrait of them in the fast fading evening light.

The mood was solemn, and more people were arriving, there was the black pastor, a white female clergy member. In a neighbourhood with little violent crime, the killing of VonDerrit on the streets of Shaw shocked the community.


As we gathered at the small memorial at the intersection next to the Shaw Market, some sort of argument broke out amongst a group of some two dozen young black men who stood milling around eight yards away.

I could not make out what it was about, and had no reason to get involved, so I stayed with the family at the vigil. Given the respectful nature of the gathering I did not expect anything to get out of hand.


More angry words were exchanged, but not too loudly, I could see some of the men pulling away one or two of their friends, trying to diffuse whatever was simmering.

Then suddenly handguns were drawn and immediately multiple shots were fired. There were at least four shooters spraying crossfire across the intersection. The shooting was indisciplined, one youth ran after another shooting wildly.


There was screaming, I saw a young woman running, dragging her young boy away. People scattered from the intersection and dived onto the ground as the loud percussive firing continued and continued.

I lay in the street with a car between me and where the shooting had started. I knew this was not safe, a car is a tin can, and bullets ricochet down street and under cars, but it felt a hell of a lot safer than standing up.


A man walked up the street from behind me as the shooting continued, he stopped right next to me. He was using the same car as cover, I looked up and saw him pull a 9mm handgun from the waistband of his baggy jeans. We made eye contact as he looked down to pull out his gun. Then he looked ahead and started firing methodically at an adversary across the intersection. The metallic pinging sound of shell casings hitting the ground as they landed a foot from my head was out of sync with the loud booms of the gunshots. He fired four to six rounds and quickly moved off.


After that there was a lull in the shooting. I looked around and could see people ducking and laying down, cars caught in the intersection raced by. A mother in a mini van screamed at friends to get in. Another woman cried out for her husband. I got up and quickly ran to take better cover across the street behind the trunk of the nearest largest tree. The shooting started again, rapid, angry, indiscriminate and very violent.


This is how nine-year-old kids get killed sitting on their porch.

There was another brief lull, then more shooting started down the road, but further away, the shooters were moving away. The intersection was now clear, more cars raced past in a squealing panic of tires, people were on their phones calling 911. Looking at the time stamp on my pictures. There was shooting at 6:59.39 and by about 7:00.03 it had finished. In about 30 long seconds it was all over. Well over 58 shots were fired.



Everyone was shaken. A middle-aged lady was telling me “There is no respect, we came here to pray. I don’t want to live in this kind of a world”.

It took a while for the police to arrive. They were trying to secure the crime scene, but it was so large. Blood splattered the street, clearly several people had been shot, but fortunately, no bystanders seemed hit. Dozens of bullet casings lay on the floor, cars had their tires shot out, windshields shattered. One car had at least 13 bullet holes in its bonnet, it’s windshield and drivers side window shot out.


The pastor in his crisp white shirt, who seconds ago had been lying face down on the ground, held VonDerrit’s sobbing mother in his arms. He was a voice of authority and said with resigned irritation “Come on, let’s finish what we came here to do” Everyone who was still there held hands and formed a circle around the small memorial for VonDerrit. The pastor prayed aloud.


A policeman who was marking the site of blood and bullet casings muttered to me “They’re all praying in the middle of a crime scene”. He looked up as if to move them on, but then though better of it, waited for the prayer to finish and asked everyone to move back behind the yellow police tape they were setting up to cordon off the crime scene around the intersection.


Police were all over the place now. A young man who had been shot staggered from a side street up to the intersection and sat down next to the police. He was shot in the leg, the paramedics ripped open his pants, to stabilize his wound and an ambulance took him away.



With all the world’s press in St Louis for the second presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, other than a possible blogger I was the only journalist there. After it was all over one local reporter and photographer arrived. I asked who they worked for, they said a St Louis weekly paper. One local TV camera guy showed up, but no reporter.


Later it was reported that a bullet grazed someones arm and an unidentified man was dropped off at a nearby hospital with gunshot injuries. Given that there was so much gunfire it was extraordinary luck that no bystander was grievously injured.


No one would or could tell me why the vigil was interrupted before it even started, or who was shooting at whom.

A young black man was killed by a white cop, and two years later a fusillade of gang violence ruins his memory at a vigil in his honor. To the disgust of his friends and family, the second anniversary of VonDerrit Meyer’s death descended into another chaotic night of gun violence in America.


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Refugee Crisis in northeastern Nigeria by Sven Torfinn

With wars raging across the Middle East, huge numbers of desperate refugees still arriving on the borders of Europe and the United States caught up in the final throes of an acrimonious and slander-ridden presidential campaign, there is an ongoing refugee crisis and humanitarian catastrophe in Africa’s second biggest economy that is being largely overlooked.

A child walks through a puddle in Muna Garage, a large IDP camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri where an estimated 50,000 people live. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

Since 2009, the Islamist militants of Boko Haram have bombed, murdered, raped and pillaged their way across the arid northeast of Nigeria, leaving over 20,000 civilians dead and another 2.6 million people displaced from their homes.

A man stands among the ruins of a building in Mainuk, a village completely destroyed by repeated Boko Haram attacks. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

Tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring countries – to Chad, Niger and Cameroon – where some have become the victims of small bands of fighters pursuing them like game. In 2015, the Global Terrorism Index declared Boko Haram the world’s deadliest terror group merciless campaign of carnage.

Muna Garage, a large IDP camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri where an estimated 50,000 people live. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

Yet while the kidnap of almost 300 girls from a school in Chibok briefly concentrated international outrage on the crimes of Boko Haram, culminating in a viral twitter campaign that called on the Nigerian government to “Bring Back Our Girls” – a campaign joined by Michelle Obama – the plight of the hundreds of thousands of people suffering the consequences of group’s reign of terror has largely been forgotten. But the suffering continues.

Fati Uselan (20), who was brought into Gwoza just a few days previously after she was found by an army patrol in territory still occupied by the Islamist group Boko Haram, and her malnourished baby. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

Mercy Corps, an American humanitarian aid agency, estimates that some 800,000 people are living in burned out villages, far from any sources of aid or medical care. Agricultural production and markets have collapsed leading to severe food shortages which are putting tens of thousands of weak and malnourished children at risk of starvation.

A burnt out car outside a destroyed shopping centre. The army ousted Boko Haram from the town of Gwoza in 2015. However, it was left largely destroyed and there is little food and almost no access to medical facilities. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

Of the US $ 739 million the United Nations had asked for to help the most desperate among those affected by Boko Haram, merely a quarter had been received by September 2016.

A mother and her sick children wait for a consultation with one of two doctors who have made it to Gwoza with the aid of the military. Soldiers provide security in a territory where the surrounding hills are still occupied by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

The Norwegian Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), estimates that with 3.3 million refugees, Nigeria has the largest number of displaced people in Africa. Sven Torfinn visited norther Nigeria and documented the dire situation which many thousands of ordinary Nigerians find themselves in.

A neighbourhood of half-built houses has been converted into a refugee camp for IDPs fleeing Boko Haram. Some people have places in the houses, while others are living in makeshift shelters around them. Nigeria. © Sven Torfinn

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Waiting for Justice exhibition in Conakry, Guinea

A new collaborative project between Panos photographer Tommy Trenchard and the Worldwide Human Rights Movement (FIDH), a non-profit organisation that is “defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” is being exhibited in Conakry, the Guinean capital.

Tommy photographed 30 people in Guinea who have been victims of state-sponsored violence over the past decades. The portraits are taken at night, mostly in the places where the acts of violence took place.

On 28 September 2009, at least 157 people were killed in the national stadium in Conakry while peacefully demonstrating for political accountability and change. Following this massacre, FIDH and the victims of this atrocity, and others before it, have been working to bring the perpetrators of state violence to justice. A court case for the perpetrators of the stadium massacre is now scheduled to take place.

The exhibition is showing at the:

Centre culturel franco-guinéen
N.1, Conakry



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Jeroen Oerlemans | 1970 – 2016

All of us at Panos Pictures are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of our colleague and friend Jeroen Oerlemans who died in Sirte, Libya, on Sunday, 2nd October.

Throughout the many years we worked with Jeroen – giving him numerous assignments, receiving his work from across the world, seeing his style develop and watching his work grow – it was always a pleasure to observe his professionalism, his can-do attitude to even the most challenging assignments, his interest in all his subjects and his passion for documenting the many stories he felt strongly about. From the Balkans to North Africa and from Afghanistan to Haiti, Jeroen tried to get to the core of the story, engaging with the people he photographed and doing his best to report from the most difficult places and in the most difficult situations.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We will miss him.

Tyre, Lebanon. 2006 © Jeroen Oerlemans

Tyre, Lebanon, 2006. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. 2008. © Jeroen Oerlemans

West Darfur, Sudan. 2004. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Baghdad, Iraq. 2003. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Tehran, Iran, 2005. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Chora, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. 2008. © Jeroen Oerlemans

ISRAEL (Palestine)
Jerusalem, Israel. 2001. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Kabul, Afghanistan. 2004. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Bahay, Biltine, Chad. 2004. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Baghdad, Iraq. 2003. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Kabul, Afghanistan. 2004. © Jeroen Oerlemans

AFGHANISTAN, CHORA, 25 AUGUST 2008 Oruzgan, a helicopter platform near the dutch patrol base in the Chora Valley; soldiers of the 11th Infantry Air Assault Battalion wait amidst red smoke for their airlift to arrive. Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans/Panos Pictures
Chora, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. 2008. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Sarajevo, Bosnia. 2005. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Tehran, Iran. 2005. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Tyre, Lebanon. 2006. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Donetsk, Ukraine. 2014. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Ghaza, Herat Province, Afghanistan. 2006. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Havana, Cuba. 2006. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Hrabove, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. 2014. © Jeroen Oerlemans

LIBYA, TRIPOLI, 26 AUGUST 2011 Rebels search a house for weapons, in their crackdown of Abu Salim, one of the neighbourhoods where Qaddafi loyalist resistance has lasted longest. As the rebel offensive gained steam, the population of Tripoli took up arms,
Tripoli, Libya. 2011. © Jeroen Oerlemans

LIBYA, TRIPOLI, 24 AUGUST 2011 Libyans celebrate the end of the Qaddafi regime at Tripoli's Martyr's Square. Within a week a renewed rebel offensive lead to push to the capital that brought down Qaddafi's regime. Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans/Panos Pictures
Tripoli, Libya. 2011. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Tripoli, Libya. 2011. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Misrata, Libya. 2016. © Jeroen Oerlemans

Athens, Greece. 2010. © Jeroen Oerlemans


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Tommy Trenchard & FIDH’s Waiting for Justice featured on The Guardian website

Panos photographer Tommy Trenchard’s portraits of people in Guinea who have been the victims of state-sponsored violence over the past 20 years are currently being exhibited at the French Cultural Centre in Conakry, the Guinean capital. The photo project was sponsored by the Worldwide Human Rights Movement (FIDH), an non-profit organisation that is “defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

The series of portraits, mainly taken at night and in the places where the violent acts occurred, are featured on The Guardian website.


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Chris de Bode wins Alfred Fried Photography Award

Chris de Bode’s work on children’s dreams – I Have A Dream – has won a prestigious prize at this year’s Alfred Fried Photography Award.

Named after Alfred Hermann Fried (1864 – 1921), an Austrian pacifist and author who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, the award “aims to present human efforts to live together in peace and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives.”


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Alfredo D’Amato on The Guardian website

On a recent trip with the British Red Cross, Panos photographer Alfredo D’Amato met and photographed a number of refugees living in reception centres after having been rescued in the sea off southern Italy. Each of the people interviewed also drew a map of their, sometimes tortuous, routes from their home countries to Italy.

A series of portraits and images of the maps was published on The Guardian website.


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Build Hope In The City exhibition at St Martin in the Fields in London

Panos photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith worked in partnership with Concern Worldwide, travelling to Kenya, Haiti and Bangladesh, to capture the lives of some of the world’s poorest people living in urban environments.

For the first time in history, more than half of the global population lives in cities. For many, urban life can be a daily struggle competing with millions of others for work, shelter and food.

Abbie’s images have been curated into a photo exhibition that is on show in London, Belfast, Enniskillen and Derry.

Christela Louis, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

Parvin at the Sadarghat River Boat Terminal where she sleeps.
Parvin Akhtar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

Janet Awino, Nairobi, Kenya. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

Eric ‘Mr Touchman’ Karanja, Nairobi, Kenya. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

Amena and her daughter, Ishma. Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

Ariful Islam Zafar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern / Panos Pictures 2016

In London, the exhibition can be seen behind:

St Martin in the Fields
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 4JJ

from 6 September to 30 October 2016.




In Belfast it will be in the grounds of:

Belfast City Hall
Donegall Square
Belfast BT1 5GS

from 18 to 25 September 2016.


In Enniskillen it will be at:

The Diamond
County Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
BT74 7EQ

from 26 September until 3 October 2016.

and in Derry it will be on:

Ebrington Square
Northern Ireland
BT47 6EJ

from 3 to 10 October 2016.

For more information about the project, please click here or contact us to see more images.

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Zackary Canepari’s Flint is a Place showing at Photoville in New York

Zackary Canepari‘s episodic documentary about the city of Flint, Michigan, which has long served as a stark example of the American Dream gone wrong, will be shown at this year’s 5th Photoville which is happening from 21 to 25 September i Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY.


In addition to film screenings, Zackary will take part in a panel discussion on Aftermath: What the Legacy of Inequality Looks Like.” on Sunday, 24 September 2016 in the Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront) with Carlos Javier Ortiz and Yoruba Richen. The panel discussion is presented in partnership with The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit organisation furthering journalism about economic struggle.


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Panos Pictures Video Team is looking for freelance editors & a producer

Panos Pictures
is a photo agency specialising in global social issues, driven by the vision and commitment of its photographers and staff. Panos is known internationally for its fresh and intelligent approach and respected for its integrity and willingness to pursue stories beyond the contemporary media agenda.
The video team produces a range of short films. These jobs will cover primarily communications films for NGO partners and CSR programs with the possibility of being involved in some independent shorts and online editorial news. We work closely with our partners on all stages of production including research and treatment, storyboarding, shooting, editing, post production and distribution.


Panos Pictures are keen to hear from Editors who are free from September and October. We have a variety of online short form productions that will be requiring Editors in the coming weeks and months, and are keen to get a bank of available people on file.

We are especially keen to hear from editors who have worked with NGOs and International Organisations as well as some experience of broadcast. Please only apply if you are an editor with relevant experience.

Multiple language skills, knowledge of After Effects and Da Vinci Resolve a bonus.

Please send a short bio and links to your work to Anna Stevens,
Deadline for applications is end of day Monday 5 September.
Please also advise on your rates and availability.


Video producer
We’re looking for an experienced Video Producer to lead our video output on a temporary basis (approx. 2 days a week, mid-September until mid-January). The producer will be responsible for end to end production of short promotional documentary films for our clients, primarily NGOs and International Organisations. The role covers pre-production (including pitching & scripting to brief, budgeting and logistical: negotiations, clearances/visas, accommodation, kit, travel and crew), shoot production from a distance (liaising with our existing network of freelance filmmakers to manage international shooting schedules), and management of edit and post production with freelancers.

You will have track record of working for a range of clients, of different production types and scale, and of delivering on time and on budget.

This role is client facing and requires some creative input to shape briefs to treatment stage.

Relevant editing experience would be advantageous but not essential. We have existing relationships with freelancers for post production but would expect you to also bring your own networks.

We are looking for someone with solid experience of working in a professional video production environment. Ideally you will have some experience of working in the third sector and of production of online short form content but this is not essential. You will be confident and enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Skills required for this role include:

- Experience managing the production process from start to finish, with creative input and logistical control. Scheduling all work and ensuring that projects are delivered on time, on budget and to brief.
- Overseeing all aspects of post production and delivery including transcription and translation, grade, voiceover, graphics and mix.
- Own network of post production contributors.
- Excellent client focus.
- Experience managing a team of production staff, editors, graphic
designers and freelance production crews.
- Completion of production paperwork including release forms, licensing agreements and contracts.
- Confident with arranging travel, visas, and filming permits abroad.
- Experienced in creating and managing production budgets.
- Negotiating costs with key suppliers such as studios, post production facilities,
and crew.
- Ability to prioritise and co-ordinate a number of projects simultaneously

- Experience successfully leading creative treatments and pitching to clients.
- Experience producing online and short form content
- Ability to edit on FCP7, FCPX, Adobe Premier or similar editing software
- Knowledge of After Effects and Da Vinci Resolve
- Language skills


Please apply with a covering letter, a short bio and links to films you have produced.
In the cover letter we would like you to explain your roles and responsibilities in the production of the films you send.
Please also advise on your rates and availability.

Negotiable – please send rates with application

Freelancer (24 days (approx. 2 days a week over 16 weeks: end Sept – early Jan with a break expected over Christmas). Some flexibility required.


Please send your application to Anna Stevens,
Deadline for applications is end of day Monday 5 September.


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New short film about T-Rex by Zackary Canepari

CNN and Victory Journal have teamed up with Panos photographer and film maker Zackary Canepari to produce his latest short film about Claressa Shields (aka T-Rex), the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s middleweight category, who is through to the semi-final of the competition in Rio de Janeiro and is fighting on 19 August 2016.

CLARESSA from zackary canepari on Vimeo.

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Kacper Kowalski at The Curator Gallery, NY

Abbie Trayler-Smith in London, Belfast, Enniskillen and Derry

Tommy Trenchard in Conakry, Guinea

Guy Martin in Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Adam Patterson in FIFA Magazine

Alfredo D’Amato in CNN the Economist’s 1843 Magazine

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