Out of nearly 320,000 entries, VII’s Anush Babajanyan and Ashley Gilbertson’s photos were shortlisted for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards (in the Portraiture and Landscape categories, respectively).
All shortlisted and winning images will be exhibited as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, which will run from April 20 until May 6, 2018.
Congratulations to Anush Babajanyan for receiving an honorable mention in the UNICEF Germany’s 2017 Photo of the Year competition.
About this photo: Fatoumaba and Zeynab, 3, pose for a portrait on a street in the Koumassi district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on July 28, 2017. It is a belief that is centuries old in Ivory Coast, and in several countries of West Africa, that twins have spiritual and mystical powers. When in need for a problem to be solved or for a positive change to happen, people often come to twins, donate to them and seek for a blessing, with the hope that the power of the twins will help their wishes come true.
This weekend, Ali Arkady of the VII Mentor Program won the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for his project “Kissing Death.”
About “Kissing Death”: What began for Arkady as a positive story about Shia and Sunni Iraqi soldiers fighting on the same side against a mutual enemy, turned into a horrific journey that included torture, rape, killing and thieving of innocent Iraqi civilians by the ERD.
Take a look at the project here.