PhotographerÃ…ke Ericson
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyPhotographer Aake Ericson AB
City/CountryStockholm, Sweden
Photo Date06/28/2013
Technical InfoDigital
Entry Description

As his friends look on, Juraj Mizigor does a backflip from an old matress spring in the Roma ghetto Lunik IX, Slovakia. Lunik IX has the highest concentration of Roma people in Europe. Built in the Soviet era and designed for 2500 people, 6800 Roma people now live in the shells of these homes without heating or hot water.

About Photographer

After working 8 years for various local newspapers Aftonbladet, the largest daily newspaper in Scandinavia, employed me. After 10 instructional years, in 1999 I eventually decided becoming a freelancing photojournalist for magzines. I now work regularly as a stringer photojournalist for the largest daily morning newspaper in Scandinavia Helsingen Sanomat in Stockholm.I have also worked as a photoeditor on Dagens Nyheter and Göteborgs-Posten. In 2010 I studied photojournalism at New York Times. Over the years I have been working and traveling in many Eastern European countries like Russia, The Balkans, especially in the Kosovo doing a photo documentary story about the most demolished village in the region – Loxha. But I have also been to places like North Korea and in Sierra Leone, on assignments.