Honorable Mention

Hosam Katan
Hosam Katan, 23 years old, a freelance photographer. He started working as a photojournalist for Aleppo Media Center from October 2012. Between 2013 and 2015, he covered the conflict in Aleppo as a freelance photographer for Reuters as well as for the German magazine “Stern”. He has been awarded with many international awards for photography.

„Living with War“ portraits conflicting and contrasting emotions and experiences of what life has meant to people in their hometown of Eastern Aleppo since the start of the civil war. The photos have been taken between 2014 and the end of 2015. Drawing from the photographer’s own experience of living in that area the series creates a nuanced view of how people have balanced the realities of war with their own personal everyday lives and routines. The pictures, thereby, give recognition to the resilience and inventiveness of people in Eastern Aleppo in the face of perilous circumstances. Moreover, the series not only intends to generate empathy but to provoke a reflection on justice, responsibility and human dignity.