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70 x 40.7 cm | Photography | 2016
In 2015 (2072) Nepal was destroyed by two powerful earthquakes. The first one measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck on 25 April, another 17 days later, i.e. on 12 May. These earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people, destroying over 600,000 homes. After more than year and a half the Nepalese are still struggling with the aftermath of this tragedy. Just after the disaster, 200,000 rupees (about 2,000 U.S dollars) were promised by the government to each family who lost their home. However, in March 2016 a small number of people received only 50,000 rupees (500 U. S dollars). Many earthquake victims are still living in temporary wooden shelters with corrugated iron roofs, which are their only protection during the monsoon season. The residents of Gorkha District, near the epicentre of the earthquake, are still uncertain of their future. Many survivors have lost everything they owned, and on top of all that, they have lost their families and friends. But some are trying to rebuild their homes on their own, taking materials from the destroyed houses. The elderly are helpless because they are not able to build a new home on their own at their age.

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Born: 1984

member since: 2018


Szymon Barylski is a Polish photographer, currently living and working in Ireland.

Barylski works primarily with documentary photography, which he considers a device to explore and better understand the world around us. The photographer began as a street and travel photographer but developed a real affection for documenting the stories of the people he encountered along the way. He wants, above all, for his images to tell a story and to reflect the relationship that he has formed with his sitter. The places in which he captures these portraits provide the emotional backdrop for these personal histories to unfold.

Usually, Barylski works alone, spending time getting to know his subjects and forming connections with them, so as to better engage with their realities. For him a good photograph comes from good research. His preparation for each project is rigorous, spending time researching the subject online then seeking inspiration in the work of other photographers in order to present a narrative that is both personal and universal.

Awards and nominations

Tokyo International Foto Award (TIFA), 1st place in Editorial, Gold Editorial-Political, Gold Editorial-General News
Siena International Photo Awards, Finalist
Grand Press Photo- Finalist

Magnum Photography Awards, Winner category Photojournalism Single Image
Moscow International Photo Awards (MIFA), 2nd place in Editorial- Political
BZWBK Press Photo, Picture of the year award, 1st place in reportage, category General News
Grand Press Photo, 2nd place in reportage category General News
All About Photo Award, Merit Winner
Siena International Photo Awards, Finalist
Nikonians Photography Awards, Finalist
Shoot The Face, Finalist 
Monochrome Awards, International Black & White Photography Contest
Honorable Mention, Photojournalism
International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY), 1st place in Open - Photojournalism/ Story, 2nd place in People – Children Category

International Photography Awards (IPA), Photographer of the Year – Editorial, 1st place in Editorial- Political, 1st place in Editorial - Photo Essay and Feature Story, Honorable Mention- People – Children, Honorable Mention- People – Portrait, Honorable Mention- People- Portrait

Lucie Awards – Discovery of the year, Finalist
Black & White International Award, Honorable Mention
The Lumiere Awards, Grand Prize
ND Awards Photo Contest - Neutral Density Photography Awards, 1st place ND Awards- People – Children, Honorable Mention- People – Children, Honorable Mention - People – Portrait, Honorable Mention - Special - Photojournalism / Story, Honorable Mention - People – Portrait

Photography Grant, Nominee- Story
TIFA – Tokyo International Foto Award
MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards, 1st place in Editorial- Conflict, 1st place in Editorial
Shoot The Frame, Winner- Shoot The Face

21st- 23rd April 2017 - Solo Booth at the 2017 Photo Independent Art Fair, Los Angeles

25th- 28th February 2017, Owada Gallery, Tokyo

20th July – 7th August 2016, Na Kashirke Gallery, Moscow
13th December 2016- 10th January 2017, Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine/Russia
24th October- 24th November 2016 - International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA, Novorossiysk Historical Museum, Russia


16th January- 26th February 2017 - SDA Amphitheater, Philippines
20th- 30th October 2016 - International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA, Novorossiysk Historical Museum, Russia
22nd October 2016 - as part of Lucie Awards celebrations, New York
21st October 2016 - Event Centre, SM City in Pampanga Philippines
2016 CDPC, Chengdu, China

18th November 2016 - Piazza die Navigatori 6/A- Roma

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY Jurors Romke Hoogwaerts & Grace Leigh
1st September- 1st October 2016 -  The SE Center for Photography South Carolina, US

09th – 11th September 2016, Poland

22nd-23rd May 2016, Istanbul


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