THE HUMAN TOUCH
YOU South Africa|25 February 2021
Connection, courage, reflection and resilience are the themes of a global portrait award
SANDY COOK

KAYA WATERHOLE KIDS BY GILES CLARKE In a muddy watering hole in northern Burkina Faso, kids cool off in the midday sun. The area has become increasingly unstable in recent years as the growing number of armed militia extremists wreak havoc throughout the region.

LOVERS who haven’t seen each other for three months embrace tenderly through masks. A couple stare at the camera a week before their baby is born, their faces reflecting the isolation of the pandemic. And two old friends contemplate the sea from a train.

These are just some of the winning images of everyday life from the international Portrait of Humanity awards, a global photography competition with the philosophy that “there’s more that unites us than sets us apart”.

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