Togo Football Street Celebration

PhotographerTARIQ ZAIDI
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLONDON, United Kingdom
Photo Date2013
Entry Description

Togo's football team has faced major challenges in recent years; with a 2007 helicopter crash and a 2010 ambush attack on the national team bus, their goals were temporarily crushed. Finally, in 2013, Togo was once again included in the Africa Cup of Nations. Togo beat Algeria and tied with Tunisia, qualifying them for the first time in history for the quarterfinals, and triggering massive spontaneous street celebrations. These pictures depict the spontaneous chaos and excitement in the streets of Lome on those nights.

About Photographer

In Jan 2014, Tariq Zaidi gave up a senior corporate position to pursue his passion of documenting social issues, inequality, endangered communities and traditions from around the world. His work has been published over 700 times including: BBC, CNN, The Guardian, National Geographic, LATimes, Washington Post, Spiegel, Marie Claire, GQ, Times of London and many more. He has won many major international photography awards and shown his work in over 50 international exhibitions. Tariq works as a freelance photographer based out of London, UK.