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Balancing on the rope of peace

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Other
  • Company
    Isabel Corthier Photographer
  • Photographer
    Isabel Corthier

2015 Bangassou. In a war-torn country like the CAR, brothers and
sisters, Christians and Muslims are pitted against one-another.
The chance that a small incident can escalate into violence or a
resumption of conflict, is very real. Bangassou, a town in the south
of the CAR, is struggling to keep peace in their region after the
Seleka rebels had occupied it. In this void between normalcy and
war, the people of Bangassou struggle to carry on.
For some time this fragile calm has been maintained; the residents
of Bangassou have spared themselves from the cycle of retributive
violence which has cursed so many other communities in their
country. 
Unfortunately since the Anti-Balaka rebels entered Bangassou in
May 2017, the situation has deteriorated and the peaceful town
has been caught up in the conflict.

“I am fascinated by people and especially by their strength to cope with difficult situations.  In my work, I like to highlight the power that humans can show in order to survive, and their creativity when options are limited. Due to this vision, my approach is often a positive one, even in the most extreme situations.”

Isabel Corthier is a documentary photographer who works internationally for humanitarian organisations like MSF, Caritas,... Her work is published in National Geographic NL, BBC, El Pais, De Volkskrant,...
Her work won several awards. Isabel is a Fujifilm X ambassador.

Awards 2019
Honorable mention category Editorial/Press: Other
IPA

2019
Gold Award category Press/Other
PX3

2018
Honorable mention category: Editorial - Conflict
TIFA

2018
Gold Award category Press/Other – “Balancing on the rope of peace”
PX3

2018
Honorable mention category: People
Nominated in category: Photojournalism
12th International Color Awards, California

2018
Honorable mention category: People
Honorable mention in category: Photojournalism
12th Black & White Spider Awards, California

2017
Nominated category: Photojournalism
Honorable mention in category: People
11th Black & White Spider Awards, California

2017
Remarkable Artwork
Category: Fragile Ice: Glaciers and polar regions on a changing planet
SIPA – Siena International Photography Awards, Italy

2017
2 x Honorable mention category: People - Children of the World
10th Black & White Spider Awards, California

2016
3 x Honorable mention categories: Portrait, People and Aerial.
9th International Color Awards, California

2014
1st place and Gold Star Award People: Travel
ND AWARDS London, UK

2014
Award Best body of work - Series Encounters in South Sudan
International Photography Museum and Gallery Alliance (IPMGA) at the
ICCR, Calcutta, India

2013
Silver award category colour
Silver award category black & white
CIDPAE, Lishui, China

2010
Golden award Category black and white
CIDPAE, Lishui, China