Nine lives continues to go global

Robin's images of nine year olds from around the world continues to resonate for their combined wisdom and innocence. 

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‘Sweet freedom’

Robin shares images of those now living outside the walls of what was once the Balkan's largest mental health institution.

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‘We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

Life outside mental health institutions

‘We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

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Robin addresses Croatian audience

As part of his visit to Croatia to view an innovative return to care in the community, Robin spoke about Witness Change's mental health campaign.

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Tunisia, Tunis. 01 December, 2016. A posed portrait of 36 year old, gay man Badr (+216 58111790, baaboubadr@yahoo.com). Badr is the Executive Director of DAMJ, a human rights organization. He has worked as an LGBTQI+ activist for many years. This work has also made him the target of violence. For his safety, he moves house every four to five months. ÒThe worst moment of my life was in December 2012, the first president of the association received death threats and I was hiding him in my home to protect him. So I became the target of a group of homophobic gangsters who infiltrated into my home in the medina of Tunis, they took my archives and many documents of the NGO after having violently brutalized meÓ. Photo Robin Hammond /NOOR for Witness Change. The Tunisian Revolution, also known as the Jasmine Revolution, was an intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia, and led to the ousting of longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. It eventually led to a thorough democratization of the country and to free and democratic elections. Tunisian LGBTQI+ community hoped that the revolution would usher in a more open society, and an end to homophobia and transphobia. This has not come to pass. The laws that target LGBTQI+ people remain, most notably article 230 which makes same-sex acts illegal, punishable by up the 3 years in prison. Transgender people are targeted under public decency laws. The general public is no more accepting of LGBTQI+ people than they were before the revolution. Despite the legal and societal discrimination, LGBTQI+ activists are dedicated to campaigning more openly.

Berlin shines light on illegal love

Berlin is the latest city to shine a light on places where love is illegal.

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NGO Japan Overview have planted mangroves in an attempt to stop erosion on Funafala Island. Erosion casued by rising sea levels and extreme weather events caused by climate change are permanently altering the shape of Tuvalu. While global climate change may seem far-off to most, some parts of the world are already experiencing the devastating effects of global warming. The tiny Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu is one such place. Due to sea level rise, erosion, and extreme weather events it is shrinking and may eventually disappear. February, 2008. Photo: Robin Hammond

Human rights not at cost of environment

Robin Hammond’s nonprofit Witness Change demonstrates commitment to the environment alongside defending human rights.

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Robin’s images drive new mental health campaign

Witness Change launched a new mental health campaign to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued.

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Shaghayegh Farang, center, listens to direction from National Geographic photograher Robin Hammond, left, the students’ mentor for the week. Hammond was preparing the students for their assignment making photos in an informal refugee settlement at the site of a former school in Athens. Photo credit: Kirsten Elstner/National Geographic Photo Camp.

Future storytellers

Robin Hammond mentors the next generation of story tellers: refugees and citizens of Athens.

Through National Geographic Photo Camp, refugees and Greek citizens living in Athens discover ways to tell stories together. Robin Hammond mentors the next generation.

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Twenty-five-year-old Odeneho Samson, restrained by the leg at Nazareth, being prayed over to remove the spirits believed to be causing his mental illness

A prayer’s chance

Robin Hammond photographs the limited mental health options in Ghana as featured in Harper's magazine

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World Press Photo: the story of Hellen

Robin Hammond speaks to World Press Photo about how he sees his role as a photographer and explains to why the image of Hellen was so significant. Robin met Hellen in Juba, South Sudan and his image of her was awarded second prize, singles in the WPP's People category.

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World Bank uses images of love

The World Bank in Washington hosted an exhibition of images from Where Love is Illegal as part of the International Day against

The World Bank in Washington hosted an exhibition of images from Where Love is Illegal as part of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

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Robin part of Pulitzer finalist team

National Geographic is named 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Exploratory Reporting for its historic January 2017 ‘Gender’ issue

The 9 Lives series of images taken by Robin, which documented gender issues for nine year olds around the world, was part of National Geographic’s Pulitzer submission on gender.

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Logo News partners with Where Love is Illegal

Logo News partnered with Where Love Is Illegal to speak with members of the Jamaican LGBTQ community to share their stories of survival.

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I am an ally

New campaign to be LGBTQI+ ally

Witness Change's latest campaign: become an ally with the LGBTQI+ community in Jamaica.

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Amnesty International Media Award

Robin Hammond scooped his fifth Amnesty Award for his powerful Sunday Times magazine series on LGBTI stories of discrimination and survival from around the world, entitled ‘Where Love Is Illegal’ at the 2016 Amnesty International Media Awards last week

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My Lagos: The Book (Video)

Robin Hammond’s ‘My Lagos’ introduces us to the colour, energy and chaos of Africa’s largest city. Full bleed colour photographs take us on a journey through bustling Lagos streets and into the homes of the rich, poor, and rising middle class. ‘My Lagos’ opens our eyes to an Africa rarely seen in western media.

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The New Europeans: Voices from a Changing Continent.

The Syrian and other refugees streaming into Europe since 2015 have roiled its politics and tested its tolerance. But they’re just the latest of many waves of immigrants since World War II. Indians in Britain, Algerians in France, Somalis in Sweden are some of the immigrants who are reshaping the continent. Commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, Robin Hammond travelled through Europe to tell the stories of ‘The New Europeans.’

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The New Europeans: National Geographic Magazine Covers.

The Syrian and other refugees streaming into Europe since 2015 have roiled its politics and tested its tolerance. But they’re just the latest of many waves of immigrants since World War II. Indians in Britain, Algerians in France, Somalis in Sweden are some of the immigrants who are reshaping the continent. Commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, Robin Hammond travelled through Europe to tell the stories of ‘The New Europeans.’ See the National Geographic Magazines covers from around the world.

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Stories of courage from Where Love is Illegal

Spend 15 minutes with people around the world who have suffered violence simply because of who they love. Robin talks of bravery, and strength from places where love is illegal.

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Where Love Is Illegal campaign begins!!

Where Love Is Illegal documents and shares LGBTI stories of discrimination and survival from around the world.

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