A very nice surprise to hear my images from the migration crisis in the Mediterranean is a Jurors’ Pick in the LensCulture ExposureAwards2018– Many thanks to Mazie Harris at the Department of Photographs Getty Museum for selecting my work, and many thanks to Jim and Millie Casper and the LensCulture team – and big congrats to all the all the other photographers! Jason Florio
The work will be exhibited at Somerset House during Photo London May 17-20, 2018
Jurors’ Picks/Lensculture Exposure Awards – Image © Jason Florio: Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again
Jurors’ Picks – Each of the eight jury members selected one photographer to be awarded special distinction…with a brief quote from each juror explaining what they especially appreciate about these photographers and their work.
Mazie Harris – Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs Getty Museum
‘Amidst ongoing debates over immigration and refugees, I found myself returning repeatedly to Jason Florio’s portfolio. Through thoughtful compositional choices, a careful selection… ‘read more on the Lensculture Exposure Awards – Winners & Finalists page
Huge congratulations to all the ‘Winners, Finalists and Jurors Picks’, including Eddo Hartmann (Netherlands), Giulio Di Sturco (UK), César Dezfuli (Spain) – check them all out at Lensculture.
Related Posts on migrant/refugee rescues:
The Guardian: Photojournalism series winner – Destination Europe
British photographer Jason Florio’s picture shows Gambian and other West African migrants lying exhausted on the deck of a rescue ship after being saved from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya
‘For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) to operate rescue ships, specifically to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.’ JF
Visit the Lensculture site (or click on the above image to share on FB) to view Jason Florio’s full entry of images.
Related posts here
Jason Florio – onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat with rescued migrants/refugees
Rescue images from the Aegean (onboard the Responder search & rescue boat) and the Mediterranean Sea (on board the Phoenix search & rescue boat) © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2015-16. All rights reserved.
Heading out to sea again, early next week, with the Phoenix crew, to document search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean for MOAS. EU.
I’ll post regular updates here, as the journey progresses.
‘Migrant Offshore Aid Station fleet readies for June 6th mission launch after Mediterranean’s deadliest week.
Professional search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) will enhance their life-saving efforts in the central Mediterranean this year by deploying two ships and two drones. The drones will expand their patrolling area to cover what is called the ‘dead zone’: the fatal few miles from the Libyan shore.’ Read more on the MOAS site
All images © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2015-16. All rights reserved:
The MOAS rescue team evacuating migrants from a boat carrying 414 men, women, and children.
Bangladeshis emerge from the hold of a boat carrying 414 migrants. The African was told by the smugglers to guard the hole to stop people coming up.
Palestinian-Syrian boys Mohammed and Amar sleep on the decks of the MOAS rescue ship The Phoenix after being rescued