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Behind the Bars

  • Prize
    Winner in State of the World/Social documentary
  • Photographer
    Kyo Shimizu, Japan
  • Category
    Social documentary
  • Studio
    KnK Japan
  • Website

Street children are always at risk of crimes. They can’t survive without belonging to a gang group. Kids are protected by senior gang stars but they are force to crimes such as selling drugs, snatching, steeling things and sometimes murder someone.
Juvenile justice system is still under development in the Philippines. Facilities are not enough that kids are suffered in severe conditions. One girl who was a victim of rape was transferred to the holding center and stayed with other minor criminals. Parents never know where their children go if they became street children.

He has been helping children in the world for 20 years. Then he expanded his work as a humanitarian photographer in 2016.

Born in Tokyo in 1970. Worked at Nature Cine Pro. He was in the last generation operating Super 16mm for science and nature TV programs, such as “NHK Special”.In 1998, he moved UK doing volunteer work as a career, then joined MSF (Doctors without Borders) Japan in charge of audiovisual section filming its activities in Asia and Africa.

Since 2003 he has specially worked supporting children in the world as a member of an NGO, KnK Japan (Children without Borders).

Awards 2018 : Ken Domon Cultural Awards, 2nd place
Px3 professional, Honorable Mention
IPA, Honorable Mention
2017 : IPA Professional, Honorable Mention
2016 : IPA Professional, Honorable Mention
2015 : Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award, Excellent prize
IPA Non-Professional, Honorable Mention

Class Rooms (2018)
Syrian refugees (2018)
Street Children (2007)