With IMAGO sponsoring the UK Editors’ Guild Awards held on October 17, celebrating photojournalists and their stories, The Game spoke to some of IMAGO’s photojournalists to get to the bottom of what it means to be a photojournalist.

Born in 1977, the UK Editors’ Guild has been a platform for editors to collaborate and exchange ideas, as well as celebrating the many talented photojournalists who have entered their works. 

As photojournalism tells the stories of both the iconic or monumental, and the niche or forgotten moments that make our world, IMAGO gives photojournalists a chance to speak about their work and the different reasons photojournalism is important today.

For our Local Heroes series, this is photojournalism, by photojournalists.

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/ Ashraf Amra | Palestinians from the al Amour family inspect the damage of their house following airstrikes in the Younis in the Gaza strip on August 8, 2022.

Ashraf Amra – Documenting life in Gaza.

 

“Photojournalism is very important because it carries a strong message that works to change reality from the worst to the best, convey people’s problems to the world, and play an important role in finding solutions to multiple crises.”

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/ Ashraf Amra | Palestinian fishermen collect caught fish from their nets on the beach in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on March 5, 2022.

“It is imperative that we continue our work in order to convey human suffering everywhere, especially in the Gaza Strip, which suffers from the scourge of repeated wars, siege and poverty. Our message is sublime and objective.”

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/ Ashraf Amra | The bodies of eight Palestinians, including a child, who were killed in an Israeli airstrike last night on a house in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, were pulled out of the rubble on August 8, 2022.
See our previous feature on the Women of Gaza. Full interview coming soon. 
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Ashraf Amra | A Palestinian farmer harvests wheat at a field near the border with Israel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on May 02, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire/ Ashraf Amra | Palestinians enjoy rides during the third day of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, on 04 May 2022.

Vincenzo Circosta – One of IMAGO’s newest members, reporting in Europe from Italy to Ukraine.  

 

“I have always had a passion for documenting what was happening around me. I come from nature photography, a fascinating world, and I liked to approach subjects like a press photojournalist and I understood that this was my world — to tell what surrounds us through photographs.”

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IMAGO / Vincenzo Circosta| Luch is a village on the border with Kherson Oblast which has been constantly bombed since the beginning of the war and the few remaining population has been living for 2 months in anti-atomic bunkers built in Soviet times. 6 May, 2022.

“I think we must always tell the truth. The role of the photographer is to tell through images the stories of the place where he is. In my case, I show what it means to participate in a war and suffer the consequences. And my hope is that they won’t be repeated in the future.”

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Vincenzo Circosta| House destroyed by artillery shells in Mykolaiv, Ukraine on March 31, 2022.
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IMAGO / Vincenzo Circosta | Soldiers in front of the off-road vehicle in Mala Shestirnya in Ukraine on April 29, 2022.
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IMAGO / Vincenzo Circosta| A bar destroyed by the flood in Cantiano, in the Marche region in Italy on 30 September 2022.

Adrien Vautier – Conflict photojournalism from Afghanistan to Ukraine. 

 

“I think photojournalism is as important as any other profession in journalism. Press photographers bring their own vision of the news, every journalist, regardless of the medium, has a role to inform the public in an ethical way. “

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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Adrien Vautier | Women under the Taliban Regime in Afghanistan - Soraya, 25, begs on the road between Mazar-e Sharif and Kabul. She has to take care of her two nephews after the death of her brother. 6 September, 2021.
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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Adrien Vautier | Women under the Taliban Regime in Afghanistan - From left to right: twin sisters Zarifa (engineering student) and Sudaba (unemployed since the arrival of the Taliban), Taiba (in charge of Farah's gender department), and Farida (economics student). The 4 women are feminist activists in Kabul and want to continue the fight for their rights as long as it is possible. 21 September, 2021.

“I don’t expect anything in particular, I produce information so that it can be broadcast in the media…Afghanistan has upset me, the great poverty, the fate of children and women, the long years of war that have ruined the country, it’s not easy… And of course the fate of the Ukrainians, a war I have been covering since February.”

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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Adrien Vautier | A Ukrainian soldier helps civilians flee the town of Irpin on March 5, 2022.
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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Adrien Vautier | Uliya, 35 years old, with the Ukrainian coat of arms tattooed on her arm, is the co-founder of this center. Stylist before the war, she was engaged on the front line in the Donbass as a paramedic for 5 years. 2 March, 2022.

Sadak Souici – Capturing the hidden stories.

 

“We are image journalists who must report stories as close to reality as possible. In recent years, hundreds of images have circulated on social media about conflict, politics and the environment. Our role is to verify the information and the images that are in the field.”

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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Sadak Souici | ‘The shellfish we eat poison us, but we have little choice to survive’, say Theresa Filima and Justina Sagha, two farmers aged 60 and 42. In the Niger Delta, from where nearly 2% of the world s hydrocarbon production gushes daily, oil spills are multiplying and ruining countless communities of fishermen and farmers. 21 January, 2022.
See our previous interview on his work in Ukraine and Nigeria. 
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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Sadak Souici | Steel, ore, coal, cereals, fertilisers: the titanic logistical challenge of exporting is imposing itself on the whole of Ukrainian industry and is turning into a free-for-all. For the workers in the sector, a violent economic crisis is adding to the war. Kryvyi Rhi, Ukraine’s main industrial stronghold. 15 June, 2022.

“The more I progress in my life as a photojournalist, the more I think it is important to support it and explain it to the rest of the world.”

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IMAGO / Le Pictorium / Sadak Souici | After days of protests, Iranians in France continue to demonstrate in the streets of Paris against repression in Iran. Two weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini, the protest movement continues more and more violently in Iran. The repression has already killed at least 83 people and 1,200 protesters have been arrested. 2 October, 2022.

Ton Molina – Brazil’s indigenous community fighting for existence.

 

“This is the power of photography, to prove in an image the undeniable. To do journalism  with images in the fight for the maintenance of a free, independent press to denounce what  needs to be denounced and applaud what is done well.”

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IMAGO / Fotoarena / Antonio Molina | The 18th Indigenous Camp Terra Livre enters its 5th day of the event, where it aims to show the unity of the indigenous peoples of Brazil who fight for the demarcation of their lands by the time frame. Brasilia, Brazil. 8 April, 2022.

“If I had to sum up in one word what I want to achieve with my photos, my gaze and my camera lens, the word would be FIGHT. By recording the acts and manifestations of indigenous peoples in my country, I feel myself fighting with them for the right to demarcate their lands and to live in peace.”

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IMAGO / Fotoarena / Antonio Molina | An indigenous march against Jair Bolsonaro takes place on the Esplanada dos Ministérios in Brasilia, Brazil. 8 April, 2022.
See our previous interview on documenting protests in Brasilia.
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IMAGO / Fotoarena / Antonio Molina | The 18th Indigenous Camp Terra Livre enters its 5th day of the event, where it aims to show the unity of the indigenous peoples of Brazil who fight for the demarcation of their lands by the time frame. Brasilia, Brazil. 8 April, 2022.