Fernando Moreles receives the II Tim Hetherington Grant by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch
Mohamed Conteh receives a sentence of three years imprisonment or the payment of 150,000 leones (approx €30). He was accused of possessing a package of marijuana. Without family to help, he will have to serve his sentence. Freetown, Sierra Leone.
World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are pleased to announce that the Spanish photographer Fernando Moleres has been awarded the 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant, set up to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker killed in Libya in 2011. The annual grant of €20,000, intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme, was given for Moleres’ project entitled ‘Waiting for an opportunity‘. It was chosen by a selection committee from among 176 applications by visual journalists of 53 nationalities.
The project ‘Waiting for an opportunity’ explores the harsh conditions minors face while incarcerated in the adult prison of Pademba, Sierra Leone, and follows them in their struggle to adjust to life outside after release from prison. Many juveniles wait for years for their trial, without access to legal assistance; while their families have often rejected them and will not welcome them back home.
Visite the official website of Fernando Moreles.
Photo credits: Fernando Moleres / Panos Pictures.