/ 2019 / Press / Feature Story

City Soleil : a light in the darkness

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Children, Gold in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Urim Hong
  • Credit
    Urim Hong

City Soleil is a shantytown where the people live in extreme poverty in Haiti. A city is experiencing extreme hunger, unemployment, formation of armed gangs, violations under violence.This is not their choice but what they are born with. However human can indeed adjust to their environment but one can nurture the courage to face it through learning. Saying no to their destined environment and learning continuously by dreaming for a better tomorrow, it was their passionate heart for learning that made it possible. This is the narratives of the children who prevail in hunger but in sincerity.

Urim Hong is a photographer who searches for light in the isolated world. After majoring in the humanities as well as pedagogy, he taught children for a decade and, in that process, found himself called to photography. He majored in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently, he is leading a project for the children and orphans in Citi Soleil, a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. He was selected as Editorial Photographer of the year at the 2018 International Photography Awards(IPA) and 2019 PDNedu Awards Documentary winner.

Awards <2017>
2017 : International Photographer of The Year(IPOTY) / Children / Honorable mentioned

2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Editorial photographer of the Year/nonpro
2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Editorial / 1st place
2018 : International Photography Awards(IPA) / Photo Essay / Honorable mentioned
2018 : Lucie Awards / Discovery of the Year finalist
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / Editorial / Category winner 2nd
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / People / Gold
2018 : Tokyo International Foto Awards(TIFA) / Children / Gold
2018 : Lensculture B&W Photography Awards finalist

2019 : Monochrome Awards / Photo journalism / Honorable mentioned
2019 : OneEyeland Photography Awards / Editorial finalist
2019 : Hamdan International Photography Awards(HIPA) / Portfolio finalist
2019 : PDNedu Photography Awards / Documentary, Photojournalism / Grand Prize