Copacabana Palace

CompanyJPeterBauza Photograpy
PhotographerPeter Bauza
Prize1st Place in One-shot:harmony / People
Entry Description

Edilane and three of her eight kids are resting on a mattress on the floor. She is pregnant with a boy. The official social housing program “minha casa, minha vida” (my home, my life) provided her an apartment, but drug gangs surround the area of her supposed new home beside a dangerous favela, #CidadedeDeus. She doesn’t want to expose her kids and especially her oldest daughter (14) to possible hazardous situations. So, she prefers to stay here and tries to negotiate with the government for a new home. Edilane is a strong woman, and she never gives up. Her income is from small jobs and an in-house internet and video game facility that supplements their monthly family social services money. Families are entitled to receive a monthly social subsidy (bolsa familia) if the children are registered and attend the public school regularly.

About Photographer

Peter Bauza is a German photographer who works in the documentary and storytelling world. He is very committed to social and geopolitical issues especially in the areas of conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment. He has resided in South America and Europe for more than 20 years and also frequently travels to Africa. Peters work has been published, exhibited and awarded internationally, like World Press Photo 2017, POY Lat 2017, Visa D'Or 2016.Peter has won multiple awards and HM annually, incl. AP, MIFA, Px3, LAF, IPA Hansel-Mieth among others