Entry Title: "Fighting for a pittance"
Sandra Hoyn
, Germany
Category: Professional, Press

Entry Description:

Muay Thai (Thai boxing), the national sport of Thailand, is one of the toughest martial arts in the world. For many people, it secures their livelihood, as it is normal that children fight for tourists and locals for betting purposes. A minimum age for the fighters does not exist. For a pittance, they reach their mental and physical limits two or three times a month with boxing matches. Only a few become a professional boxing idol and earn a lot of money. At the age of 25 their career is usually over.

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About the Artist:

Sandra Hoyn studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, graduating in 2005. She started working as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, NGOs and on her personal projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2015, she received World Press 3rd prize, category nature singles. In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award.