Silver / 2018 / Press / War

The Fall of the Caliphate

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/War
  • Photographer
    John Beck

The project was shot over 2016 and 2017 in Iraq and Syria as local militias and security forces attempted to claw back the huge swathes of land that made up ISIS's so-called Caliphate. Through embeds with the men ā€” and sometimes boys ā€” battling at the frontlines to images of the victims killed, wounded or displaced, it depicts the terrible cost of the fight. In the aftermath of violence, there are moments of joy too, as those the extremist group once menaced enjoy glimpses of a long yearned-for freedom.