TOKYO-2016 People / Culture


  • Prize
    Gold in People/Culture
  • Photographer
    Christopher Roche

'Devotion' is a photographic journey that explores different faith traditions around the world. Focusing on the common humanity, rather than the dogma, behind such traditions, the project captures intimate moments of prayer and meditation alongside epic scenes of thousands of pilgrims. It is the photographer’s experience that many of the ancient devotional practices that have been central to the culture of these regions for hundreds if not thousands of years are now under threat from the forces of globalization, mass tourism, political oppression and even global warming. This photographic project hopes be a testament to the importance of these traditions.