Bronze / 2018 / Press / General News

Rohingya refugee crisis

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/General News
  • Photographer
    Szymon Barylski

Rohingya refugees children wait to get food from the distribution point of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) at Maynar Guna refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.The Rohingya are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". After the military crackdown called “textbook example of ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar in August 2017 where triggered an exodus, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have been escaping from the violence to Cox Bazaar in eastern Bangladesh, it brings the total number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to over 1 million of which 60% are children. Rohingya Muslims flee from death to a seemingly safe place; now they are forced to live in a makeshift camp where due to sanitary conditions, they face various diseases. Insufficient amount of food causes malnutrition especially affects children's unhealthy and unbalanced mental and physical growth.

Szymon Barylski is a Polish photographer, currently living and working in Ireland. Barylski works primarily with documentary photography, which he considers a device to explore and better understand the world around us.Barylski began as a street and travel photographer but developed a real affection for documenting the stories of the people he encountered along the way. He wants, above all, for his images to tell a story and to reflect the relationship that he has formed with his sitter. The places in which he captures these portraits provide the emotional backdrop for these personal histories to unfold.



Usually, Barylski works alone, spending time getting to know his subjects and forming connections with them, so as to better engage with their realities. For him a good photograph comes from good research. His preparation for each project is rigorous, spending time researching the subject online then seeking inspiration in the work of other photographers in order to present a narrative that is both personal and universal.