Camillo Pasquarelli has been awarded a Silver in the General News category of the non-professional division of the Prix de la Photographic Paris and a Second Place in the Editorial category of the Amateur division in the Moscow International Foto Awards. Both prizes were given in recognition of The endless winter of Kashmir, which depicts the struggle of the Kashmiri people trapped in an endless winter of suffering waiting for the spring of azadi, freedom.
Pasquarelli, a student at Officine Fotografiche in Rome, Italy, received an Alexia Award of Excellence grant this past year for the same work. He will use his grant to visit the small villages in the south of the valley and document youth there in order understand the point of view of those who are fighting for freedom in Kashmir.
“The screaming of the Kashmiri people needs to be heard not only because this is one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts – since 1990 around 60,000 people have died and 10,000 disappeared,” says Pasquarelli in his Alexia proposal, “but also because all the stakeholders and players involved seem not willing to solve the problem. A true and deep international awareness about the Kashmir issue is needed more than ever, before a new armed rebellion starts.”
See Pasquarelli’s full winning Alexia proposal here: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/stories/the-endless-winter-of-kashmir