TITLE: "The country that drowned!"
The climate crisis is no longer just the future It takes place now and here. It demands human life and it destroys the future of children. South Sudan is experiencing severe floods in its fourth year, which is a direct consequence of climate change. 800,000 people have lost their homes to the water masses, and every day that number is getting bigger. The roads are washed away along with crops, cattle, clean water and toilets. Emergency aid in the form of food and medicine cannot emerge and people are fighting across the dry land against poisonous snakes and crocodiles. The stagnant water has caused the mosquito population to explode - and with them also the cases of malaria. South Sudan is a country that is moving towards a death sentence if we do not act now. The people, and especially the children, are in dire need of a helping hand that comes with clean water, food, medicine and toilets.
AUTHOR: Jan Grarup (Denmark)
In 1991, the year he graduated, Grarup won the Danish Press Photographer of the Year award, a prize he would receive on several further occasions. In 1993, he moved to Berlin for a year, working as a freelance photographer for Danish newspapers and magazines.
During his career, Grarup has covered many wars and conflicts around the world including the Gulf War, the Rwandan genocide, the Siege of Sarajevo and the Palestinian uprising against Israel in 2000. His coverage of the conflict between Palestine and Israel gave rise to two series: The Boys of Ramallah, which also earned him the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award in 2002, followed by The Boys from Hebron.
His book, Shadowland (2006), presents his work during the 12 years he spent in Kashmir, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Rwanda, Kosovo, Slovakia, Ramallah, Hebron, Iraq, Iran, and Darfur. In the words of Foto8's review, it is "intensely personal, deeply felt, and immaculately composed." His second book, Darfur: A Silent Genocide, was published in 2009. And the enormous AND THEN THERE WAS SILENCE in 2017
Per Folkver, Picture Editor in Chief of the Copenhagen daily Politiken, where Grarup has worked, has said of Grarup that "He is concerned about what he is seeing and doing longer stories and returning to the same places."
After leaving his post at Politiken in the autumn of 2009, he joined the small Danish photographic firm Das Büro in January 2010 where he concentrated on the national market. He continues his international work with NOOR photo agency in Amsterdam, of which he is a cofounder.
1991: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year
1995: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year
2000: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year
2001: World Press Photo – 1st. prize, People in the news – stories
2001: UNICEF – Children photo of the Year. Jury's Special Award
2001: Visa pour l'Image – VISA D`Or – Finalist
2002: World Press Photo – 1st. prize, People in the news – stories
2002: Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award
2002: Finalist, W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Humanistic Photography, New York
2002: UNICEF Children photo of the year award. 1st. Prize
2003: Picture of the year, Denmark
2003: Feature Story of the Year, Denmark
2004: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year
2005: Visa d'or
2008: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year
2011: Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner
2013: I Shot It, 1st prize, Black and White 2nd Quarter 2012
2013: World Press Photo, 1st prize stories, Sports Feature
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