What a truly remarkable weekend… Stunning photographs, remarkable photographers, beautiful award ceremony, amazing exhibitions and just incredible hosts - all in the spectacular city of Siena, Italy. Thank you so much Siena International Photography Awards and especially Luca Venturi for making this past weekend so memorable and very special. I am absolutely delighted, humbled and very honoured for receiving the award for "Best Author of the Year 2018". Grazie mille! @SIPAContest@luca.venturi1966#sipacontest#sienaawards#sipa2018#AuthorOfTheYear#photoaward#reportage#storytelling
Girls playing with a baby on a carpet in front of the abandoned IBGE building, ‘Favela’ Mangueira community, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image @tariqzaidiphoto
In their bid to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazilian authorities promised to improve life in the favelas of Rio. But the "pioneering" pacification schemes and the promise to splash out billions of dollars remodeling the slums as part of Morar Carioca ("Rio Living") program has had an unintended consequence. Rent rises in the favelas have pushed the poorest families into squatting in abandoned buildings on the fringes of the favelas. In the Favela Manguiera community, only 1km from the Maracana stadium, hundreds of families are squatting in empty buildings with no sanitation, running water or security. The housing problem is one of the most serious issues still facing the government.
My work entitled "Priced out of the favela. Life in Rio’s squats" published in @bbcnews - please copy/paste link to full article here: https://bbc.in/2syiEpD
To see more of my work from Chad published @bbcnews@bbcafrica please copy/paste this link for full article: https://bbc.in/2mCrvj1
The nomadic Wodaabe tribe graze their cattle through the Sahel desert from northern Cameroon to Chad, #Niger and north-east #Nigeria. Crossing countries riven by drought, poverty and war, they shelter in the most basic of structures with few possessions and are totally dependent on their animals for survival. Yet despite the harshness of their environment, it’s beauty that the Wodaabe prize above all else and once a year, the men don elaborate costumes, daub their faces with make-up and dance for hours in the hope of finding love.