Gold 2018 People / Portrait

Rohingya Bride

  • Prize
    Gold in People/Portrait
  • Company
    Jonny Pickup
  • Photographer
    Jonny Pickup
  • Technical Info
    Canon 24-70mm Usm Ii F2.8, Canon 5d
  • Photo Date
    September 2018

15-year old Rohingya bride Ajida moments before marrying 23-year old Mohammed in an arranged ceremony in Kutupalong; the worlds largest Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. In 2017 the Myanmar milatery came to Hamsorpara village where Ajida, using rocket launches and machine guns they shot members of her community and burnt down their houses. With her parents, she ran for her life and spent 6 days hiding in the jungle and walked for 4 days to Bangladesh. In this photograph, we understand the suffering of the Rohingya people, but we see the innocence of a child whose life has been defined by genocide.

Jonny Pickup is an internationally published photojournalist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker from England, currently based in London. His work focuses on the often unseen or forgotten area's of our society, using still and motion imagery to help us question contemporary global issues.