We’re honored to announce that the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2012 has been awarded to Corbis contributor, Alessio Romenzi.
Each year, UNICEF calls attention to the most creative, high-quality photos that capture the children of the world and their current states of living.
Since the start of the uprising in Syria, Alessio Romenzi was determined to access the country to document and better understand the lives of those experiencing the violence and instability. Despite the challenges journalists face getting into Syria, Alessio patiently waited for one month in bordering Lebanon until the right opportunity presented itself.
On September 27, 2012 Alessio photographed a young girl at the Dar El Shifa Hospital in the northwest Syrian city, Aleppo. The child, in a delicate floral dress, socks and saddle shoes, and a small bow in her hair, awaits a medical examination after falling and hitting her head at home. She stands, holding her father’s hand, behind a man with a Kalashnikov; the floor around her is stained with blood. This is clearly no place for a child, but it’s the only emergency service still working in Rebel-controlled Aleppo. The Dar El Shifa hospital has been targeted more than thirty times by the Assad forces.
“The situation keeps on deteriorating in villages and cities in the country, leaving people without protection, shelter, food and water. Many civilians have been killed while the others are facing fear every day,” explains Alessio.
“The Photo of the Year 2012 is an appeal to all conflicting parties in Syria to comply with international humanitarian law”, said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sabine Christiansen at the award ceremony in Berlin. “This includes, first and foremost, to make sure that all children are protected at all times.”
See Alessio’s images on Corbis.