THE AUTHORS OF RDV•I
Younes KHANI SOMEEH SOFLAEI
Téhéran / Iran
Represented by Mojtaba Abdoulrahimkhan / firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Award - 9th RDV•I 2020
Art Director: Véronique DE VIGUERIE
...And Life Rises
Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, and earthquakes threaten most regions across Iran. More than 80% of cities in Iran are under the threat of earthquake. Iran also stands high on the list of countries with the most number of earthquake victims. On the Sunday night of Oct. 12, 2017, a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Ezgeleh City in Kermanshah Province near the Iranian-Iraqi border. 620 were killed, nearly 10 thousand were injured, and more than 30 thousand houses were destroyed in Ezgeleh, Sarpol-e Zahab, Salas-e Babajani, and Ghasreshirin cities, and the nearby villages. The earthquake spawned nearly 1557 aftershocks. It occurred at a depth of 11 km from Ezgeleh, and was felt throughout Northwest Iran due to its shallow depth and long duration. This earthquake was the most destructive earthquake of 2017 worldwide, and was felt in southeast of Turkey, Lebanon, Qatar, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and north of Saudi Arabia.
3rd Photo Award - 9th RDV•I 2018
Art Director: Paolo WOODS
Somayeh Mehry (30) and Rana Afghanipour (4) are mother and daughter living in a village called Hemet Abad located in Bam, a city in the south of Iran. They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir. Samayeh is of ten times being beaten up by her husband and imprisoned in a room. Finally, samayeh asked her husband or a divorce because of her husband's violent behavior. Amir, somayeh's husband threatened his wife in case that she files for divorce, he would ruin her life, destroy her life and stop her from stepping outside her house ever again. One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes. somayeh and her two daughters Rana, 4 years of age and Nazanin, 7 years of age have been living in her father's house since the acide throwing incident.