The Beauty of Humanity Collection hardcover book featuring my work along with other fellow artists that contributed to the Scope Art Show during last year's "Art Basel Miami" show has now been printed and will be on sale in a weeks time.
The work within The Beauty of Humanity Collection, represents an important part of a global creative dialog.
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The work selected here was proudly displayed at the 15th annual SCOPE Art Show on Miami beach with over 40,000 visitors in attendance.
The photograph was taken for the peace organisation, International Alert and is of a traditional West African dancer waiting to perform at the Liberia Peace Festival. The Liberia National Peace & Cultural Festival sees people from different cultural, linguistic & ethnic groups coming together to celebrate peace in a country that was torn apart by 14 yrs of conflict and recently suffering from a Ebola epidemic.
My series of photographs taken in the Caucasus was among the top-rated entries in the Exposure Awards 2015 competition. It was a record breaking year with entries from photographers located in 120 countries on 5 continents.
I photographed a series of portraits for the organisation “International Alert” to highlight the current situation in the Caucasus. The work was exhibited both here and abroad under the title “Conflict is not the division of land but the division of people”.
Since the beginning of 1988, the Azerbaijan and Armenia conflict over the disputed area of Nagorno Karabakh has led to the existence of three parties to the conflict, that is the governments of the two sovereign states as well as that of the unrecognized ‘Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh’. This division of people is a factor which has made a solution to the conflict all the more difficult.
The conflicts over Nagorny Karabakh remain a major obstacle for economic development and certainly for cooperation across the region. But people who are participating in dialogue meetings are seeing that business and economic interests could be a way of bringing people together.
The portraits capture faces of different people from different states in the region and vividly represent the human side of conflict, where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace.
My photograph of a boy playing and cooling off in a river after school just outside of Kigali in Rwanda, has qualified for the second stage of judging in this year’s main category “Happiness” of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA).
In its fifth year, the awards have attracted an international reputation as one of most important competitions in photography, with over 200,000 submissions from over 120 different countries.
I was short listed for the Lens Culture Visual Story Telling Awards, being selected by the editors but missing out on winning overall. My submission was among the top-rated entries in the Visual Storytelling Awards 2015 competition which received entries from over 100 different countries.
I entered ten pictures from the work that I photographed on sesame seed farming for the organisation, Farm Africa, in Tanzania. Farm Africa works with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes.
The photograph shows how Farm Africa has worked with local small holders providing them with warehouse space.
Before Farm Africa’s involvement in sesame seed farming, a large percentage of the crop would be lost after harvesting, because the farmers had nowhere to store or process it. Sesame seeds are easily damaged and are prone to rotting and pests. They need to be sieved and stored in a dry environment. Farm Africa has built two modern warehouses with enough room for farmers to process and store their crops. A kilo of the higher-quality sesame sells for almost 45% more than the local variety did, helping provide more for their families.
Farm Africa also encourages farmers to form co-operatives so they can sell their produce collectively, and the co-operative warehouse allows the farmers to store sesame until it is at its most valuable.
For more information go to www.farmafrica.org