Stefano Pensotti vince il Travel Photographer of the Year

È il primo fotografo italiano a vincere il Travel Photographer of the Year dal 2003. Al concorso hanno partecipato autori da 142 paesi

Suffolk (Inghilterra) Con questo stupendo scatto Stefano Pensotti ha vinto l’ambitissimo premio internazionale Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. La fotografia è stata scattata ad Harar, Etiopia, città storica fortificata considerata la quarta città santa dell’Islam.

Il profilo di Stefano Pensotti

Travel Photography of the Year
Budapest, Hungary. Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular public bath. The inhabitants of Budapest come here to relax with friends. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com.
Stefano Pensotti, primo italiano a ottenere questo riconoscimento, ha iniziato a scattare da bambino, con una fotocamera rubata al fratello. A 14 anni apprende le tecniche della camera oscura e i processi di sviluppo e stampa in bianco e nero. Seguono anni di sperimentazione a Milano. La fotografia lo spinge a viaggiare e un Master in Business Training lo avvia a una professione dove la conoscenza di popoli e culture è essenziale, proprio come per il fotoreportage. La fotografia e i viaggi che l’hanno portato a conoscere più di 50 Paesi in Europa, Africa e Asia.

Altri meravigliosi scatti del vincitore

• Karnataka, IndiaStefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com Relax all’entrata di una palestra per lottatori. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com • Lago Asale, Danakil Depression, Etiopia

Vasche di sale. Il sale viene raccolto dalle miniere di sale a cielo aperto della Dankalia, a 50 m sul livello del mare, e viene portato ad Agula, sull’altipiano etiope, a 2.400 metri d’altezza. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

• Timbuktu, Mali Alle ultime luci del giorni gli abitanti di Timbuktu si lavano e fanno il bucato nel porto di Kabara. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com • Bagan, Myanmar Prima di andare a scuola, una ragazza si ferma a pregare in uno dei piccoli templi della piana di Bagan. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com • Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia Fienagione nei campi vicino alle case-torri di Murkmeli. Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Gli altri premiati (guarda qui altre foto)

YOUNG TRAVEL PHOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Isabella Smith (14 anni), United States • Chefchaouen, Marocco Travel Photography of the Year Un bambino gioca a calcio con le arance. Isabella Smith/www.tpoty.com YOUNG TPOTY 14 AND UNDER: Daniel Kurian (12 anni), Australia • Kollam, Kerala, India Travel Photography of the Year Un uomo si protegge il volto mentre sega un albero. Daniel Kurian/www.tpoty.com Young TPOTY 15-18 – Winner: Fardin Oyan (16 anni), Bangladesh • Akua, Sadar, Bangladesh Travel Photography of the Year Bambini giocano per strada sotto la pioggia. Fardin Oyan/www.tpoty.com Faces, People, Cultures – Best Single Image Marinka Masséus, Netherlands • Tanzania Travel Photography of the Year Marinka Masséus/www.tpoty.com This photo series was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and ‘Stichting Afrikaanse Albino’s’ to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Africa, specifically Tanzania. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts.

L’albinismo in Africa, una nuova apartheid

Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental of human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil, that their existence is a curse. They live in constant fear of brutal attacks. Many of those who have been attacked are young children. In December of 2014, a 4 year-old girl with albinism named Pendo Emmanuelle, was taken from her mother’s arms. Police have yet to find her body. In February 2015, Yohana Bahati, a boy of just 18 months, was taken from his home, his mother’s face slashed with machetes as she tried to protect her son. She narrowly survived. Days later, little Yohana’s body was recovered from a forest, where he was found face down in the mud with his arms and legs hacked off. Because of killings like this, many children with albinism now live in camps. Rejected by and cut-off from their families, they live separate from society in order to keep them safe. In some of the camps the living circumstances are horrible, with even basic care lacking. And this separation doesn’t solve the problems. It doesn’t help with integration. It doesn’t give them a chance to grow into valued and respected members of society. They are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed. That’s why the mission of the Josephat Torner Foundation is social acceptance and inclusion. Faces, People, Cultures – Best Single Image Danny Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia • Kibish, Ethiopia Travel Photography of the Year Un bambino tra alcune donne della tribu Suri. Danny Yen Sin Wong/www.tpoty.com Hot/Cold He Jian, China • Gannan, China Travel Photography of the Year Popolazione in pellegrinaggio. He Jian/www.tpoty.com Travel – Best Single Image Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom • Niger River, Mali Travel Photography of the Year Un uomo riemerge dopo aver raccolto sabbia dal fiume Niger. La sabbia viene presa dal letto del fiume da scavatori che s’immergono pericolosamente e senza ausili e poi venduta per l’edilizia. Philip Lee Harvey/www.tpoty.com   
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