Entry Title: "Under the Same Sun"
Marinka Masséus
, Netherlands
Category: Professional,

Entry Description:

This photo series was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Tanzania.

In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts.

Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental of human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil.

Because of the killings, many children with albinism live in camps. Rejected by their families, they are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed.

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About the Artist:

To Marinka, photography is about intuition and instinctively responding to the world. After finishing her MBA, her studies in Buddhist Psychology guided her philosophical journey, and the Photo Academy stimulated her to channel her concepts and feelings into images. Her photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way we live our lives. Marinka’s acclaim includes 1st place winner Monochrome Awards 2015 - 2 times winner 2nd place MIFA "Moscow International Foto Awards" 2015 - 10th Annual B&W Spider Awards 2nd place - Merit of Excellence - "IPA Best of Show Exhibition" New York, 2 times winner 2nd place IPA "International Photography Awards" 2015, week instagram takeover Swedish Museum of Photography - Photoville New York Sept 2015, 1st Place-Outstanding Achievement 8th Annual International Color Awards, TPOTY International Travel Photographer 2014, IPA International Photography Award 2nd Prize 2014, New Dutch Talent 2014, multiple Honorable Mentions at Px3 Prix de la Photography Paris, IPA, and Color Awards, numerous book publications and her work is shown in the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, WM Gallery in Amsterdam and the Royal Geographical Society in London.