/ 2017 / Portraiture / Family

Proud for one second

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Family
  • Photographer
    Jan Janssen

Story about the Batwa people form Kisoro, Uganda:

The Batwa spent their whole lives in the forest. More than 20 years
after eviction from their ancestral land, these days the Batwa people
are still suffering. The church and some non-governmental
organisations helped by buying land for settling on, but despite of that,
the Batwa people are still squatters and labourers without land for
farming of their own. The Batwa are impoverished, and lack of
regular income causes very limited acces to education and healthcare.
They survive on handouts and begging.

The community I visited is called Mukingo Batwa Village, with a
number of 35 households. The church of Uganda had build 15 units of
householding facilities, and the rest of the families builed their homes
with reads and polythene papers.

My heart broke when I met these people and the conditions were they
have to live in. I visit them 10 days.

Dutch artist Jan Janssen is best known for being an people-photographer.

While using only the natural available light, he always has his eyes on composition and details.

He specialized in documentary photography with a photographic culmination in 2013, when he launched his successful photobook "The Himalaya, my home". The book was awarded several times with international awards.

A few years later, he became the big winner of the International Photographer of the Year with his series "Proud for One Second". Currently he's working on a long-term photoproject in Eastern Europe.

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

1X Photo Awards, Gold Winner, Documentary, People Choice, 2018

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