Nanna Navntoft (Danish School of Journalism)
Gold | Portrait
"I was teased to the point I vowed not to eat a meal in school. I had one muffin a day, but it was not enough, so I ate the paper too", Eve Gordon (21 years old). Eve used to suffer from Binge Eating Disorder. But luckily she retrieved the right therapy for her, and no longer suffers from it. She is in a good place now, but when she looks back on her time with BED, she says: ”I have moved on, but I remember it clearly. The other kids were laughing at me, when I didn't eat the skin on a baked potato. I was so humiliated, that I never ate a meal at school again. I would then only eat a muffin. But it was too little, so I would sit on my chair and eat the paper too.”
Traci Westcott (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Silver | Portrait
Tabitha Emo sits for a portrait in her parents home on December 4th, 2018 in Hornell, New York. “I have to acknowledge to myself that, ‘Okay I've got to bring it to an end, I’ve got to put all this stuff away," Tabitha said. "You know, I've got to go to sleep and tomorrow is another day where Ray exists again.” Tabitha is transgender and struggling to express her gender identity as unspoken tension in her family leaves her feeling alone and halts her from moving forward.
Hanne Marie Solbø (HÃ¸gskolgen i Oslo og Akershus)
Bronze | Portrait
The Leftover Mother
Lisbeth Røyneland is leftover mother and leader for the national support group after July 22 2011, the day that 77 people were murdered by a Norwegian right-wing terrorist.
Kenneth Koustrup (Danish School of Journalism)
Award of Excellence | Portrait
The Danish lakes have been contaminated for many years due to nitrogen supply from mainly agriculture and wastewater from the cities. Conditions generally improved up to about the mid-00s, partly because of the sewage treatment plants that handle the wastewater. Yet only about 0.7 percent of the country's over 120,000 lakes live up to the EU requirements that were set almost 20 years ago. For 30 years, a research project at Aarhus University has investigated how climate change may affect the Danish lakes in the future.
The results have shown that the conditions of the contaminated lakes will get worse
if the temperature rises and more rain comes.
Slowly the lakes are at risk of being reduced to turbid and smelly water surfaces, and this can have negative consequences for nature's plants and animals but also for the Danes who are bound to the special but fragile lakes around the country.
"It's both a nice, but also a scary place. When I dive down, I experience sides of myself that I don't meet on land." Says Ninna Kofod. Ninna has grown up near Fure lake, and today she works as a free diving instructor. She has been diving for ten years, and has trained herself to get deep into the lake and into her own mind. "It's an
inexplicable fear of the darkness and the depths I encounter. It's a bit like in movies where there is an eerie background music, but also a tremendous calm, and it allows me to explore the fear I feel." Ninna explain.
It is not only the depth of the lake and her own psyche that Ninna has gained insight into through diving. Something special happens when the people she teaches lose their foothold and face the fear. "If you just can't hold your breath anymore, you might notice something you don't do every day. It's not always super pretty or nice, but I’m grateful that people dare to let me in and let me hold their hands while they are afraid." Ninna says.