Changing the World

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While looking at the nominees for the World Press Photo Awards and the entries selected for this years Lumix Festival in Hannover, I thought:

Of course it is important to show all those atrocities, catastrophes, hardship, suffering and injustice in the world, because we want the readers to see these events, hoping that this will lead to change.

But maybe, we as photojournalists, should not forget to tell our readers, at least from time to time and maybe more often than we do, stories about the beautiful and often inspiring aspects of the human condition, too. And awards and festivals should feature such work more often than they do.

If we paint an overall picture of a world consisting only of hopelessness, injustice and atrocities, it’s not only that this picture of the world is distorted; it is very likely that the only result is resignation. And resignation is unlikely to motivate other humans to try to change the world for the better.

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