Honorable Mention / 2019 / Portraiture / Culture

Sanguma - the believe in witchcraft in the highlands of Papua New Guinea

  • Photographer
    Kristina Steiner
  • Credit
    Kristina Steiner

Ancient beliefs in sorcery or Sanguma are being catapulted into the modern age, driving incredible outbreaks of violence mostly against women in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. If something unwanted or inexplicable occurs in a village individuals, mostly commonly women, are accused of committing black magic or of being a witch. They will be outcast from their homes, attacked and often killed.These are not secret crimes. An outraged mob will torture the accused women with archaic tools to death in public while no one is willing to help and the perpetrators will mostly not be sentenced.

Photographer, photo journalist and visual storyteller based in the north of Germany.

// Studying photojournalism in Aarhus, Denmark
// Assistance to portrait photographers
// Graduation from university in photography design
// Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
// Studying photography design and communications in Berlin and Mexico-City
// Trainings in illustration in Buenos Aires, Argentina
// Apprenticeship diploma in portrait photography in Munich, Germany
// Education as portrait photographer in Munich, Germany