/ 2021 / /

City Soleil : a melody of hope

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Children, Silver in Press/Feature Story, Silver in Press/People/Personality
  • Photographer
    Urim Hong
  • Studio
  • Website
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The UN left and the police stations crumbled into ruin. The gangs declared war and the people..they die in the midst of their relentless shoot-outs. The sound of gunfire had become a cruel melody in their ears. Last three years, a small voice in my heart grew louder and wilder: 'Can we talk about hope here?' That is when I heard the gentle whisper, a quiet but sweet melody. It was a melody that resonated through the impenetrable darkness—sound of children calling out for another day, that there will be a better tomorrow. For me, it was indeed a melody of hope.

Urim Hong is a photographer who searches for light in the isolated world. After majoring in the humanities as well as pedagogy, he taught children for a decade and, in that process, found himself called to photography. He majored in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently, he is leading a project for the children and orphans in Citi Soleil, a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. He was selected as Editorial Photographer of the year at the 2018 IPA, 2019 MIFA and PDNedu Awards, 2020 IPA Documentary(Editorial) winner.

Awards <2017>
2017 : International Photographer of The Year(IPOTY) / Children / Honorable mentioned

2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Editorial photographer of the Year/nonpro
2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Editorial / 1st place
2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Photo Essay / Honorable mentioned
2018 : Lucie Awards / Discovery of the Year finalist
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / Editorial / Category winner 2nd
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / People / Gold
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / Children / Gold
2018 : Lensculture B&W Photography Awards finalist

PDN EDU Awards
- Documentary Photographer of the Year

Moscow International Foto Awards(MIFA)
-Editorial Photographer of the Year(nonpro)
-Portfolio of the Year
-Photo Essay / Gold
-Personal portfolio / Gold
-People / Gold

-Portraiture / Gold

2019 PX3 State of the World
-Curational Selection

2019 Monovision Photography Awards
-People / 3rd place
-Photojournalism / Honorable Mentioned


2020 International Photography Awards(IPA) : MOVEMENT
- People / Honorable Mentioned
- People / Honorable Mentioned

2020 Moscow International Foto Awards(MIFA)
- Ediorial,Personality / Gold
- Portrait,Children / Silver

2020 International Photography Awards(IPA)
- Editorial,Press / 1st place
- Jury Top 5 Selection / Professional
- Editorial, Personality / Honorable mentioned
- People, Portrait, Children / Honorable mentioned

2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA)
- Jury Top 5 Selection, Editorial
- People, Children / Gold, Bronze
- Editorial, Personality / Silver

2020 Budafest International Foto Awards(BIFA)
- Event / 2nd place
- Event, music / Gold
- Editorial, photo essay / Silver
- Editorial, Political / Silver
- People, children / Bronze
- Photo essay / Honorable mentioned