Entry Title: "Under the Same Sun"
Name: Marinka Masséus , Netherlands
Category and Expertise: Editorial;People, Professional


Entry Description: This photo series was created in collaboration with the ‘Josephat Torner Foundation’ to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Tanzania. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts. Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental of human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil. Because of the killings, many children with albinism live in camps. Rejected by their families, they are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed.

Story: This photo series was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and ‘Stichting Afrikaanse Albino's’ to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Africa, specifically Tanzania. In Africa albinism is widely prevalent. Much more so than in the rest of the world. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts. Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil, that their existence is a curse. They live in constant fear of brutal attacks since it is believed that their body parts bring good fortune. Many of those who have been attacked are young children. In December of 2014, a 4 year-old girl with albinism named Pendo Emmanuelle, was taken from her mother’s arms. Police have yet to find her body. In February 2015, Yohana Bahati, a boy of just 18 months, was taken from his home, his mother’s face slashed with machetes as she tried to protect her son. She narrowly survived. Days later, little Yohana’s body was recovered from a forest, where he was found face down in the mud with his arms and legs hacked off. Because of killings like this, many children with albinism now live in camps. Rejected by and cut-off from their families, they live separate from society in order to keep them safe. In some of the camps the living circumstances are horrible, with even basic care lacking. And this separation doesn’t solve the problems. It doesn’t help with integration. It doesn’t give them a chance to grow into valued and respected members of society. They are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed. That’s why the mission of the Josephat Torner Foundation is social acceptance and inclusion.

About the Artist:

After finishing her MBA, her studies in Buddhist Psychology guided her philosophical journey, and the Photo Academy stimulated her to channel her concepts and feelings into images. Her photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way we live our lives. Marinka s acclaim includes - 2x Silver winner Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016 - Bronze winner Px3 2016 - Px3 Exhibition in Paris - 1st place Monochrome Photography Awards – 2x Editors’ pick at LensCulture -Exhibition at Atelier Alen, Munich, Germany - Featured at ArtWest, Amsterdam - Exhibition at Gallery Beeldend Gesproken, Amsterdam - 2x winner 2nd place MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2015 - Week instagram takeover for Fotografiska, Swedish Museum of Photography - Featured at Rotterdam.Photo - 2nd place BW SpiderAwards - Merit of Excellence – IPA Best of Show Exhibition New York - 2x winner 2nd place IPA International Photography Awards 2015 - Gold winner at Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015 - 3x Silver and 1x Bronze winner at Px3 2015 - Exhibition at WM Gallery, Amsterdam - Photoville 2015 New York - International Photo Festival Leiden 2015 - 1st place International Color Awards - Featured at the Royal Geographical Society in London - IPA 2014 2nd place - Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany - GUP New Dutch Talent 2014