/ 2021 / Portraiture / Children

Constant Fear of Death: Growing up with Albinism

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Children
  • Company
    Matilde Simas
  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Credit
    Matilde Simas

This series is made up of portraits of four Tanzanian child survivors of violent superstition-driven attacks and in their own words their testimonials. The children are among the nearly 7,000 Tanzanians with albinism, a hereditary condition that results in a lack of pigmentation in skin, hair, and eyes. In Tanzania, witchdoctors promote a belief in the potential magic and superstitious properties of albino body parts, and children with albinism are murdered so their skin, hair, and appendages can be used to make charms and potions believed to bring wealth, power, and good luck.

Matilde Simas is a photographer based in Boston, MA. Her unique style focuses on documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the strength of her subjects. Matilde uses the capacity of photography to inform, provoke discussion, and inspire action by public speaking and exhibiting her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. Her work on human trafficking has been widely exhibited by various UN agencies. She has recently been awarded a UNICEF Picture of the Year HM.

Awards Tokyo International Foto Awards 2020 | Hidden from Society | Gold — people/children

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2020 | Children with a Disability Hidden from Society |HM — editorial/ photo essay

US Department of Justice | Represent Resilience: Learning from Yesterday, Building a Stronger Tomorrow Art Award, 2020

Lucie Foundation International Photography Award 2020| In Shadow: Child Trafficking | Silver —Social Cause

PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2020| Philippines: Children Living in Perpetual Invisibility | State of the World Prize

PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2020 | The Truth about Albinism in Annual Report | Bronze

PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2020 | Philippines: Children Living in Perpetual Invisibility in Press/FeaturePress/Feature Story

Moscow International Foto Award 2020 | Dead Vlei Trees | Gold — Nature / Trees

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019 | Human Trafficking Philippines | Silver —Editorial Personality

UNICEF Photo of the Year 2019 | Human Trafficking in the Philippines HM

Lucie Foundation International Photo Award 2019| Living with Albinism | Silver — Social Cause

PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2019 | FGM | State of the World Prize

PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris 2019 | Maasai Custom: FGM |Siver — Annual Reports

Lucie Foundation International Photography Award 2018 | FGM | Gold — Social Cause