Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

To Be Born In...

  • Photographer
    Iwona El Tanbouli-Jablonska
  • Agency / Studio
  • Photo Date
    September 2019

Niger is a country located in the heartland of the Sahel region, known mainly for being mistaken for Nigeria. It's one of the poorest countries in the world. Growing up in Niger is not easy. The journey from a mother's womb to the vulnerable adolescent years is fraught with risk and challenges. To be a mother in Niger is not easy either. Girls at the age of 13 give birth to their first child and are often victims of domestic violence. I took pictures in medical centers and villages located in the Maradi region in west Niger. They are part of a campaign which I made in cooperation with Unicef.

I have been involved in photography for over 15 years. I am a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Pozna?, at the faculty of photography and multimedia communication. Most of my work is mainly focused on reportage and long-term projects that I make in F11_Studio. I work closely with National Geographic Polska and Traveler and also run photography workshop and portfolio reviews.