SouthSudan: from war to life

PhotographerAlessandro Rota
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryCrevoladossola, Italy
Photo Date19 OCT 2015
Technical Infonon-staged, natural light
Entry Description

South-Sudan, Allel village near Bunagok town. Nyamagan Dhuor, unknown age, delivered her baby two nights before. Her daughter Akur Kom, 18, is pregnant of her first kid. Akur goes to the facility for checks but she will decide with the lever based on time if to go to the hospital. At present she has some pain at the abdomen but she is not worried as she trust the lever. Her TBA (Traditional Birth Assistant) is a man. South-Sudan has of the highest child and maternal mortality rate in the world. 1 women out of 30 risks of dieing for reasons related to pregancy and delivering. 1 child out of 10 dies before reaching the age of 5 for reasons related to deseas easily preventable or curable; malnutrition is a key factor.

About Photographer

Alessandro (b.1988) is a photographer specialized in reportage. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists of UK and he accomplished with merit a Master in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster of London in 2011. Immediately after he was selected for an internship at the prestigious NOOR photo-agency of Amsterdam; in 2011 and 2012 he has been Assistant Lecturer at the Design Faculty of the Polytechnic of Milano. Since 2013, Alessandro combines periods of travel (Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Somalia, South-Sudan, Turkey, Kenya, Indonesia, Zambia and Tanzania) focalizing his interest for areas of crisis and conflict with commercial works for clients such as Alitalia, Emergency, Strongbow. He lives in the countryside of Milano, few minutes away from International Airport of Malpensa. He has published with Newsweek Europe, Corriere della Sera, Der Spiegel, Monocle, Sportweek, Vanity Fair Italy, Le Figaro, Riders, La Repubblica/Espresso group, Oxford University Press, Nouvel Observateur and online with National Geographic USA News, Zeit, The Sunday Times digital, VICEnews USA, IlPost, RAInews, TGCOM24, Financial Times and L'Oeil de la Photographie, among others. 
 2015 South-Sudan - Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 group show, Gallery@LR, London (UK)
 2015 Pure life - The Italy of Tomorrow group show, Italianverein, Dormund 2015 (GER) 
2015 South-Sudan - Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 group show, Royal Geographical Society London (UK) 
2014 Land-grab Indonesia - Polytechnic of Milano, Milano Photofestival (ITA)  
2013 Radical Routes - MiCamera group screening, Milano (ITA)
 2012 A Neocolonialist Diary - Photobook Show, Brighton Photo Biennial (UK)
 2011 A Neocolonialist Diary / Habeas Corpus MAPJ 2011 - Ambika P3 Gallery, London (UK) 
2011 Radical Routes - Commonwealth Festival, Royal Commonwealth Society, Perth (AUS) 
Grants and Awards
 2015 Finalist Lucie Foundation Scholarship
 2015 Finalist Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015 
2015 Grant DevReporter Network with founds by the European Union for the Reportage "From War to Life" in South-Sudan
 2015 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention 'Editorial: War / Conflict' for the project 'South-Sudan humanitarian crisis'
 2014 International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention 'Deeper Perspective' for the project 'Indonesia: land-grabs' 
Talks, lectures, interviews  International Journalism Festival - Perugia (IT) - 10th April 2016 Photographic Museum of Humanity - Behind the Picture: Kabul, Afghanistan - 17th March 2016 The Citizen, India: interview on the experience of reporting from Iraq - 03rd March 2016 
Library Mario Gromo (National Cinema Museum of Turin), Turin (IT) presentation of reportage "From War to Life" - 15th December 2015
 University of Turin (IT) presentation of DevReporter project - 24th November 2015 RAI news 24 (major Italian TV broadcaster) - 10th August 2015  RAI news 24 (major Italian TV broadcaster) - 4th August 2015 Mondadori Megastore, Social Media Week Milan (IT) - March 2014 Prato (IT) research centre of the Australian Monash University - July 2012