Each year the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award is granted “to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children worldwide in an outstanding manner.” Yesterday, UNICEF awarded Swedish photographer Niclas Hammarström the 2013 UNICEF Photo of the Year for his photo series on the lives of children living in war-torn Aleppo, Syria.
Hammarström’s series “Syria’s ‘Forgotten’ Child Victims” shows the power that war possesses over the young generations living through it. With three children of his own, Hammarström was deeply moved by “the destruction, the incredible suffering and despair” he found on his several trips to Aleppo.
Honorable mentions for the UNICEF 2013 Photo of the Year Award include Marcus Bleasdale (VII) for “The Price of Precious” and Sara Lewkowicz (2013 Alexia Student Grant Winner) for her photo series on domestic violence “Shane and Maggie” among other captivating photo essays. See a gallery of images from the honorable mentions here.
Congratulations to all of the photographers recognized by UNICEF for the 2013 Awards!