Picture of the Year in Norway

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I have been awarded Picture of the Year in Norway for one of my images from Gaza.
It’s a true honor. I also received an award from my pictures from Donetsk in Eastern-Ukraine.

This picture won Picture of the Year and 1. price in News Picture of the Year.

The family Harara has a three story house with four apartments. One of them is completely destroyed by the war in Gaza during the war in 2014. Each night the children cover up the destroyed wall so that they are able to sleep.

The family Harara has a three story house with four apartments. One of them is completely destroyed by the war in Gaza during the war in 2014. Each night the children cover up the destroyed wall so that they are able to sleep.

 

From my picture essay after the crash of MH17.
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After the fall

“The first toast is for peace,” Vladimir, 28, proclaims as he fills four glasses with homemade vodka.

He is sitting with his friends on the airline seats of MH17. These green, pink and red seats were once attached to the Boeing 777 airliner of Malaysia Airlines headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. But on 17 July 2014, shortly after 5 p.m. local time, the plane with 298 passengers was shot down over the small village of Grabove.

Seven months have past after Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down in Grabovo in Eastern-Ukraine. Together with journalist Per Christian Selmer Andersen, we went back to the village close to the frontline to find out how the situation is there now. We found young men drinking vodka in the airline seats, children who can’t sleep at night and that only 10 percent of the adults are working. This feature have been published in Politiken, Svenska Dagbladet and Bergens Tidende, among others.

 

"I am afraid of snipers", Artëm says. He moves rapidly, with a waddling move. In the background we hear shooting and shelling, despite the truce in December.

“I am afraid of snipers”, Artëm says. He moves rapidly, with a waddling move. In the background we hear shooting and shelling, despite the truce in December.

On this field, MH17 was downed the 17th of July 2014. Six months later, debris is still to be found on the ground.

On this field, MH17 was downed the 17th of July 2014. Six months later, debris is still to be found on the ground.

The Dutch Safety Board collected the most vital parts of the airplane in the beginning of December. Still there are debris and personal belongings left on the ground. Sergey and Vladimir are two of the local men who guards the plane in a hangar in Grabove. The Dutch authorities does not know when they will be able to get it all back to The Netherlands.

The Dutch Safety Board collected the most vital parts of the airplane in the beginning of December. Still there are debris and personal belongings left on the ground. Sergey and Vladimir are two of the local men who guards the plane in a hangar in Grabove. The Dutch authorities does not know when they will be able to get it all back to The Netherlands.

Vladimir, Artëm and Aleksander guards the wreck every night. They watch movies, drink beers and makes themselves comfortable on the passenger seats from MH17.

Vladimir, Artëm and Aleksander guards the wreck every night. They watch movies, drink beers and makes themselves comfortable on the passenger seats from MH17.

The mayor of Grabove, Vladimir Bereshnoy, collects the valuables from the passengers of MH17.

The mayor of Grabove, Vladimir Bereshnoy, collects the valuables from the passengers of MH17.

Danila plays with his planes at home with grandfather Aleksander Kovalenko.

Danila plays with his planes at home with grandfather Aleksander Kovalenko.

Danila and his mother Tatiana plays at the grandparents house. Her husband is living with his parents in a village closer to Donetsk. War teared them apart.

Danila and his mother Tatiana plays at the grandparents house. Her husband is living with his parents in a village closer to Donetsk. War teared them apart.

The Kovalenkos and Vladimir goes out to look for the shelling. It is about 30 kilometres away, they reckon.

The Kovalenkos and Vladimir goes out to look for the shelling. It is about 30 kilometres away, they reckon.

Danila at his home in Grabovo.

Danila at his home in Grabovo.

Two boys play on an abandoned playground in Grabove. After the war, even the only cafeteria has closed in the village.

Two boys play on an abandoned playground in Grabove. After the war, even the only cafeteria has closed in the village.

Two women pass the government building of Shakhtarsk, which was put on fire last spring.

Two women pass the government building of Shakhtarsk, which was put on fire last spring.

Before the war, many of the men worked in the mines. Now they are closed or illegally drifted by the rebels. Nine of ten in Grabove is left without work. Artëm make times go by guarding the wreck.

Before the war, many of the men worked in the mines. Now they are closed or illegally drifted by the rebels. Nine of ten in Grabove is left without work. Artëm make times go by guarding the wreck.

Big areas of Donetsk city is completely shattered by shelling and abandoned by civilians.

Big areas of Donetsk city is completely shattered by shelling and abandoned by civilians.

Pro-Russian rebels in a bunker at the front. 6000 people have been killed in the conflic.

Pro-Russian rebels in a bunker at the front. 6000 people have been killed in the conflic.

A pro-Russian rebel who wants to show his face. Others are afraid of being recognized as their family is still living on Ukrainian territory.

A pro-Russian rebel who wants to show his face. Others are afraid of being recognized as their family is still living on Ukrainian territory.

A pro-Russian rebel relax in a bunkers close to the airport in Donetsk. According to the rebels, 4000-5000 of their army consists of Russians. The Ukraine Authorities claims the number of Russians are the double.

A pro-Russian rebel relax in a bunkers close to the airport in Donetsk. According to the rebels, 4000-5000 of their army consists of Russians. The Ukraine Authorities claims the number of Russians are the double.

We meet "Stan" at Ramada Hotel in Donetsk city, where he is chatting with some Chechen friends. As the truce was going on, he went out in the city to hang out with friends - still armed and in uniform.

We meet “Stan” at Ramada Hotel in Donetsk city, where he is chatting with some Chechen friends. As the truce was going on, he went out in the city to hang out with friends – still armed and in uniform.

Winter in Donetsk. The locals thought it would give a break to the fighting, as the cold might scare the soldiers. However, the events in January showed this not to be true.

Winter in Donetsk. The locals thought it would give a break to the fighting, as the cold might scare the soldiers. However, the events in January showed this not to be true.

 

I was also there right after the crash in July. Here is that report. 


Stoltenberg in Italy

During Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg visit to the Italian Republic, we got a exclusive peek in the inner workings of a trip like this.
Three 18 hour long days of work was quite hectic, but apparently normal for mr. Stoltenberg. Story in VG about an aggressive Russia and the barbaric ISIS.

 

Friday at 10:46 - departure from Rome to Napels.

Friday at 10:46 – departure from Rome to Naples.

1720: meeting onboard the privat jet NATO uses.

1720: meeting onboard the privat jet NATO uses.

Stoltenberg arrives in Rome.

Stoltenberg arrives in Rome.

Tursday 06:45 - Exercise.

Tursday 06:45 – Exercise.

Tursday 08:26 - Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 – Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 - Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 – Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Thursday 10:02: Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:02: Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:44 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:44 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 11:43 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Laura Boldrini

Thursday 11:43 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Laura Boldrini

Thursday at 12:48 - Preparations before the meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 – Preparations before the meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 14:31 - Stoltenberg leaves the Ministry of Defence.

Thursday at 14:31 – Stoltenberg leaves the Ministry of Defence.

Thursday at 17:49 - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leaves the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni

Thursday at 17:49 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leaves the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni

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Thursday at 17:49 - Stoltenberg in Rome.

Thursday at 17:49 – Stoltenberg in Rome.

Thursday at 18:02 - Stolteberg walks to the hotel.

Thursday at 18:02 – Stolteberg walks to the hotel.

Thursday at 19:14 - final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 – final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 - final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 – final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday at 12:25. Meeting at  JFC in Napels with admiral Mark Ferguson.

Friday at 12:25. Meeting at JFC in Naples with admiral Mark Ferguson.

Friday at 12:37. The red carpet is stored away.

Friday at 12:37. The red carpet is stored away.

Friday at 14:15, Stoltenberg is interviewed by Armed Forces Network in Napels.

Friday at 14:15, Stoltenberg is interviewed by Armed Forces Network in Naples.

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Friday at 17:44 - Stoltenberg back in Brussels.

Friday at 17:44 – Stoltenberg back in Brussels.

Stoltenberg at the NATO HQ in Brussels.

Stoltenberg at the NATO HQ in Brussels.


The widows of Maidan

More than 100 people died in the violence on Kiev’s central Independence Square, known as the Maidan, a year ago.
Together with journalist Per Christian we met with the widows who lost their husbands who fought for independence.
The story was published in DN Lørdag.

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Libanon on the verge of conflict

The war in Syria is getting closer and closer to Libanon. We traveled to a Hizbollah-controlled town the Bakaa-valley where they are struggeling with the effects of the war. ISIS and Al-Qaida have kidnapped some 25 Lebanese soldiers in the area and are now blackmailing their families.

Tearsheets from Dagsavisen:

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