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Hugh Kinsella Cunningham - Discovery - 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

3 years ago

This project aims to capture the invisible wounds of a viral outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu, an active conflict zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hand-printed images were stained in the darkroom, signifying the unseen virus and trauma sweeping across the region and into the lives of communities. With the death toll climbing above 2,000, and a high mortality rate for those infected, communities already traumatised by years of war have become increasingly vulnerable. Rumour, suspicions and violence were rife, with attacks on health workers, as well as organised resistance from Mai-Mai and the Allied Democratic Forces.