/ 2017 / Portraiture / Children

Longing for tomorrow

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Children
  • Photographer
    Jan Janssen, Netherlands

Children who are growing up in Uganda, one of the poorest and fastest
growing countries of Afrika, have an uncertain future for themselves.
While sitting in a safe and dry shelter, these boys curiously look up to the
light, wondering when the rain will stop.

As a documentary photographer, Janssen capture the moments he recognises in his fellow human beings, especially those elsewhere in the world. In everyday moments, he finds the same needs, insecurities or pleasures that all people enjoy in their lives - albeit to different degrees. In a world of polarisation and contrasts, sometimes even on one continent, Janssen settles geographical and symbolic boundaries by photographing people in a pure essence. He photographs the richness of our most basic human needs, like freedom, family and security - or, conversely, the absence of their obviousness.

Awards Discovery of the Year (overall winner), CHROMATIC AWARDS 2022

Gold Medal, Editorial - Documentary, New York Photography Awards 2022

International People Discovery of the Year, IPOTY 2017
International Discovery of the Year (overall winner), IPOTY 2017

Winner, LensCulture, Best Off Show, New York 2017

Px3 Gold Winner, Portrait, Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017
Px3 Gold Winner, Portrait, Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017

MIFA Gold Winner, Book People, Moscow 2016
MIFA Silver Winner, Book Overall, Moscow 2016

PX3 First Prize, Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015
People's Choice (series only) Book Overall
PX3 Silver Winner, Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015
Book Proposal (series only) Documentary

12th Annual Lucie Awards 2014
Finalist for "Discovery of the Year" Award

I.P.A. Book Photographer of the year 2014
I.P.A. 1st Place, International Photography Awards 2014
Book (Self-published), Overall Winner- People - Documentary

Winner of Xerox "Best of the Best Award" 2013