The Left Behind - The broken families of immigration

PhotographerLuiz Maximiano
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountrySao Paulo, Brazil
Photo DateAugust 5, 2014
Technical InfoShot with a 5D MK III
Entry Description

The immigration crisis in Central America has reached its peak. Thousands of people from Honduras and Guatemala flee to the North trying to reach the USA in hopes of a better life, escaping dire economic situation and now, more than ever, rampant street violence. Many times, they leave entire families behind with promises to return that are rarely met. In this series, a father whose 15-year-old son died in the desert and still owes money to the coyote; a mother who never heard of her daughter anymore after she left with a coyote; a kid too afraid to go out due to death threats from gangs and whose parents are in jail dreams with the chance to immigrate and a mother who just sent her teenage son with a coyote and hasn't heard from him anymore.

About Photographer

Luiz Maximiano (b. 1978, Assis Chateaubriand, PR, Brazil) graduated in Communication at ESPM, in Sao Paulo. As a photographer, he covered the war in Afghanistan, ethnic conflicts in Burma, the HIV crisis in southern Africa, elections in Pakistan, the struggles of Roma communities in Eastern Europe and social crisis in Latin America. In 2007, he was awarded the Canon Prize as the best photojournalist under 30 in the Netherlands. He was also chosen twice a finalist for the prestigious World Press Photo Masterclass. His work has appeared in many leading publications around the world such as Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, The Independent, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Die Welt, Panorama, L'Espresso and others. He is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.