Trapped

Shortlist 2018

Angelos Tzortzinis

Angelos Tzortzinis is a documentary photographer. He was born in Athens, where he finished his studies at the Leica Academy of Creative Photography. Angelos' work has been recognized with many industry awards such as Best Wire Photographer by Time Magazine 2015, Magnum Foundation, POYi, Sony award, Visa Pour lImage among others. Since 2007 he works as freelance in Athens.
The Problem
2018

Trapped

More and more refugees have been fleeing to Europe over the last years because of war, conflicts and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Greece has been the main entry point into the continent for more than a million people, and its outlying Aegean islands Chios, Kos and Lesbos have received the biggest wave of incomers aboard packed, flimsy dinghies. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 3,770 people have lost their lives attempting to reach the European Union in 2015. Since 2016 some 80,000 refugees and migrants have had to stay Greece, because Balkan countries, the main passageway to Western and Northern Europe, closed their borders, leaving the migrants trapped. In this span of time new border fences, graveyards, dumpsites have been created – the landscape is evolving, brutally and fast. Day by day, Europe is changing and Greece all the more so. Without wanting to, hundreds of thousands of refugees are becoming a part of it. Sometimes the changes are deep and permanent, sometimes fleeting. Ultimately the experience will remain with them forever as they wait, solemnly, in anticipation of the future.