Happy

PhotographerWioletta Sędłak
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Happyland - name does not come from the English word "Happiness", but rather from the word "Hapilan" from the Filipino native dialect and meaning landfill, stinking garbage. In a small fishing village about 10 km from the center of Manila, the Philippine government built temporary buildings for poor people gathering and segregating trash. Without government support, in about two decades, temporary buildings have turned into ruins and have become a permanent place of living for hundreds of people. Among garbage, stench, are born, live and die people. Pictures were taken in Happyland, Philippines, 2015r.