Shortlist 2020

Emile Ducke

Emile Ducke is a documentary photographer originally from Munich, Germany but currently based in Moscow, Russia. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Zeit Magazin. In 2018 Emile was selected as one of the World Press Photo 6x6s visual storytellers from Europe; named one of PDNs 30 emerging photographers to watch and awarded the n-ost prize for reporting on Eastern Europe.

The Compromise


Once, large infrastructure projects like the Trans-Siberian Railway, finished by the beginning of the 20th century, helped to open up Siberia and bring economic rise to a region of enormous landmass and resources. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Siberia's economic boom finally ended. Today, there is a lack of doctors in the countryside, and a lot of the residents do not have regular access to specialized medical treatment.

The Saint Lukas train is a government-funded medical train that travels to remote towns in Siberia —equipped with a laboratory for blood tests, sonography, devices for EEGs & ECGs, X-ray and dental surgery. The train runs on two-week trips, ten times a year, stopping at about eight stations on its way. Usually, the areas that the train visits do not entirely lack health care, as they have at least one doctor or nurse. The train enables the citizens to visit several well-equipped specialists on a single day. The 17 doctors and their assistants examine up to 150 patients a day, seeing about 15 000 patients per year.