Magnum Photography Awards 2017 – Jason Florio Photojournalism Winner ‘Destination Europe’

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.
Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.
For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), to operate rescue ships. Their specific aim is to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas...’ Jason Florio – Read/see more on the LensCulture site

 

Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' - one of the top winners of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slave-ship like conditions. The boat carried414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people on board were evacuated. © Jason Florio/MOAS

 

PHOTOJOURNALISM SERIES WINNER/ MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

JASON FLORIO

United Kingdom

‘Destination Europe’

 

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

 

PRESS:
Press: The Guardian - images © Jason Florio 'Destination Europe' Magnum Photography Awards 2017 - Photojournalism Winner
Press: The Guardian – images © Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ Magnum Photography Awards 2017
Check out floriophoto.com for more on Florio’s work in the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea
Instagram @Jasonflorio

#WorldRefugeeDay 2017 – images by Jason Florio

World Refugee Day 2017 - portraits of Syrian refugees post-rescue - images ©Jason Florio
World Refugee Day 2017 – Images ©Jason Florio. See full series of portraits here

 

Destination Europe‘ – images by Jason Florio, taken over a two-year period, whilst embedded onboard rescue ships in the Aegean & Mediterranean Sea, with Malta-based NGO, MOAS.

Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio
Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio

 

 

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10x10 Instagram Prints Shop - 'Mask Girl 2' ©Jason Florio
10×10 Instagram Prints Shop – ‘Mask Girl 2’ ©Jason Florio  

 

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10x10 Instagram Prints Shop: 'Beach Shack' Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
10×10 Instagram Prints Shop: ‘Beach Shack’ Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio   

 

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Gone too soon. R.I.P. Simon Fenton – husband, father, author, adventurer… .JustGiving

Simon (R.I.P.) with his wife, Khady and children, Gulliver and Alfie - JustGiving campaign
Simon (R.I.P.) with his wife, Khady, and their children, Gulliver and Alfie – JustGiving campaign   

Two months to the day, after sharing a couple of Julebrews, we said au revoir, at Banjul airport, “see you in a couple of months“, to Simon Fenton (he was there to meet his family, coming from the UK, off the flight we were about to depart The Gambia on), we received a call, on Friday 26th May, one of those calls…, tragically Simon had died as the result of a car crash, just a few short hours before, in Senegal.

Simon was a fellow Brit and West Africaphile, writer, adventurer, guide, lodge owner, husband, to Khady, and father to two beautiful young boys – Gulliver and Alfie.

He truly was one of those wonderful human beings, who really lived his dreams, with his huge infectious smile and boundless excitement about life. Anyone who was fortunate to know Simon will pay testament to this.

For those of you that did not have the pleasure of meeting him – then, thankfully, he left two great books behind about his life in Africa… ‘Squirting Milk at Chameleons‘ and ‘Chasing Hornbills: Up to My Neck in Africa‘.

If you are able to contribute to the JustGiving page (any amount will be gratefully appreciated): ‘All donations go directly to his brother and sister-in-law’s account and will be used to cover some of the hospital costs incurred during his all-too-brief treatment, transport costs and his funeral costs in Abene, Senegal. Anything left over will be to support his wife, Khady, and their two young boys.’ Mike Webster/JustGiving

Sending much love, condolences, and support to Khady, Gulliver, Alfie, and all of Simon’s family.

Rest in peace, mate, we miss you already.

Helen & Flo 

With Simon, Khady, Gulliver & Alfie, at the Little Baobab, Abene, Casamance, Senegal
With Simon, Khady, Gulliver & Alfie, at the Little Baobab, Abene, Casamance, Senegal

To see more of what Simon’s life in West Africa was all about, check out his wonderfully descriptive blog and travel images on his Instagram page.

Archives: Blackout Portraits by Jason Florio

 

Blackout Portraits 'Policeman' - Mogadishu © Jason Florio
Blackout Portraits – Policeman, Mogadishu © Jason Florio
Blackout Portraits 'Soldier TFG' - Mogadishu © Jason Florio
Blackout Portraits – Soldier, Mogadishu © Jason Florio

 

Blackout History

In the mid-1940’s as the German’s blitzed London, my grandmother and her neighbors used clothes to blackout the light emitting from their windows so as not to guide the Luftwaffe on their deadly mission…’ In the mid-90’s, unbeknown to him at the time, Jason Florio began to use the very same blackout curtain, which his grandmother used during the World War 11, as a backdrop to various portrait collections. Read & see more on Florio’s website

'Fighter for the Karen National Liberation Army' - Blackout portraits, Burma © Jason Florio
‘Fighter for the Karen National Liberation Army’ – Blackout portraits, Burma © Jason Florio

 

'Makasutu' Portraits, The Gambia ©Jason Florio
‘Makasutu’ Blackout Portraits, The Gambia ©Jason Florio
'Silafando' The Gambia - Blackout Portraits © Jason Florio
‘Silafando’ – Blackout Portraits, The Gambia © Jason Florio

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