Bronze / 2016 / Press / General News

Night Crossings

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/General News
  • Company
    Freelance
  • Photographer
    Kemal Jufri

In 2015 humanity faced the largest migration crisis since the Second World War. The vast majority of refugees and migrants flowing into Europe came from Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries torn apart by war such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them took their chances aboard unseaworthy boats and dinghies in their desperate attempt to reach Europe by sea in the hope of finding a better life. Oftentimes they have to travel by night to avoid border police from spotting them. Thousands have died during the perilous sea crossings. According to an IOM report, more than a million migrants and refugees have entered Europe in 2015 alone sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx. On March 2016, leaders of the European Union came to an agreement to close the Balkan migration routes triggering several countries along it to fully clamp down their borders.

Kemal Jufri is a freelance photographer with over a decade of experience covering stories across Asia with focus on Indonesia, for international publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Stern, Der Spiegel, amongst others.

He is a recipient of numerous awards and grants from some of the world's most prestigious institutions such as the World Press Photo, Missouri School of Journalism’s Picture of The Year International (POYi), National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism (NPPA BOP), Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3), PDN Photo Annual and many more.