Iranian photographer wins UNICEF Photo of the Year

Iran: Defending the right to smile (© Arez Ghaderi)

Iranian freelance photographer Arez Ghaderi has been granted the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” for his picture of a smiling girl in a rubbish dump somewhere in the Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. The girl, a Baloch migrant from the region close to the Pakistan and Afghanistan borders, has propably come with her family in search for better life opportunities ending up in a camp. Despite the hardships of poverty, she is proudly – as the title of the photo reveals – “Defending the right to smile”.