Peace negotiations in Papua Neuguina

Winners 2017

Bettina Flitner

I am a photographer since 25 years and I have been always interested in getting to know about others peoples life by photography. The camera is a vehicle to ask questions. With a camera in your hand you have a key to go everywhere. I was born in 1961 in Cologne/Germany and started photographing, when I was fifteen. After studies of film at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin I decided, not to continue with film but to work as a photographer. I work all over the world made ten books (mainly portraits) and many exhibition all over the world.

3 place
The Compromise

Peace negotiations in Papua Neuguina

Papua New Guinea is supposed to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world. There are always wars and conflicts between the tribes. Someone from a different tribe can be shot only because he has trespassed the land of another tribe without permission. Sister Lorena, a catholic nun, who lives since 30 years in the Southern Highland of PNG, is working a a mediator between hostile tribes. She is involved into peace negotiations between two villages Upa 1 and Upa 2, who have been fighting since several years with nine deaths. For the peace ceremony, the two villages met at a high plateau, there is a lake in between them. After the negotiations with megaphones over the lake, each side perform a reenactment of the war.