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FREEDOM TO LOVE photography award 2014

We publicised this award earlier in the year and now the results are known, from Accademia Apulia UK who are a  non-profit organization based in London willing to share aspirations, inspirations and experiences. Our efforts celebrate multi-culturalism, support social integration and promote human rights.

Winner Liza Van Der Stock from Belgium.

Liza Van Der Stock highlights the life of male sex workers in Zanzibar, a predominantly muslim island, burdened by the double stigma associated with sex work and sexual orientation. Members of this community find it impossible to openly express their true identity.

Liza Van der Post 1- winner

Lisa Van der Post 2 - winner

The two runner-ups are Shahria Sharmin and Gordon Welters. An award-winning photographer from Bangladesh, Sharmin’s work gives an insight into the world of the Hijras’ Third Gender communities who live on the margins of society, whilst disability has been  the focus of Welters’ work. The photographer from Berlin captured a glimpse of hope expressed thorough the selfless love of a volunteer at a day centre in Russia.

With the support of The Royal Photographic Society, and under the patronage of Amnesty International, the European Commission and the British Council, FREEDOM TO LOVE aims to raise awareness on the difficulties many people endure every day worldwide, as they try to express the most powerful and constructive human quality – love.

Shahria Sharmin 1- second place

Shahria Sharmin 2 - second place

Shahria Sharmin

Gordon Welters 1 - third place

Gordon Welters 2 - third place

Gordon Welters

The exhibition will be open to the public between 12/1/15 and 17/1/15
Elephant & Castle
London SE1 6SB
Opening times Mon-Sat 10am -6pm