ERBIL — Iranian Kurdish photojournalist Arez Ghaderi has won the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2016 for his photograph Children’s Resilience to Tragedy.
The children’s global aid agency said earlier this week, “the girl’s bright smile is a symbol of children’s resilience and hope to be carefree even under the most difficult circumstances.” Ghaderi’s masterpiece shows a young smiling girl atop a trash heap in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Province.
“The snapshot is said to symbolize the lightheartedness that children can display even when facing difficult living circumstances. The picture was taken on the border with Afghanistan, at an encampment for people of the Balouchi tribes,” UNICEF said.
“Poverty cannot make people happy, nowhere. But the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2016 reveals a fundamental children’s right: the right to sometimes simply be carefree no matter what,” said Peter-Matthias Gaede, board member of UNICEF Germany.
Ghaderi was born in 1987 in Sanandaj province, of Iranian Kurdistan. He started his professional work in 2003.