First a little more detail about the winning photograph in Goran’s words:
The photograph was made during my volunteer job with an aid association in Ngorongoro Tanzania. That day I was attending a Masai tribe ceremony in Aljanemalok village and after the ceremony I was in the hut with the Masai chief sharing some food, at one moment I saw this boy standing in the rain like hypnotized, I’m still not sure was it about the food or about the white man in the village. The Masai chief would not let me share my food with the kid, he told me the kids need to show respect to the older one, so I grabbed my camera and I made the photograph.
Goran’s Bio –
Goran started to regard photography as a potential professional pursuit back in 2009, initially through wedding and special events photography, as well as portraiture for artistic portfolios. Even so, he still found himself gravitating toward documentary photography, which he finds to be his main aspiration and ambition.
During those few years, Goran practiced and technically improved his photography skills during trips to New York and Barcelona, where he spent weeks documenting the lives of Harlem’s homeless and beggars and street life in the bohemian barrios of the Catalan capital.
At the beginning of 2011 he joined a volunteer humanitarian mission with an aid association ‘Kolajna Ljubavi’, for relief work in the tribes of National Park Ngorongoro in Tanzania.
For the duration of the mission and volunteer contribution to the orphanages, schools and various tribal visits, he very effectively captured the compelling features and mannerisms of the Maasai. He returned from that journey with valuable material, which he formatted and presented at a fundraising exhibit, the proceeds of which he directed towards the people who received him again on his following visit at the end of the year. As a return visitor, the natives were much more open to him, offering warm hospitality and an exclusive opportunity that allowed him to participate in some remarkable events closed to outsiders. Thus, he was able to document these momentous circumstances as an honorable guest.
Everyday lives of marginalized groups in the big cities of Ecuador, as well as traditional merchants, peasants, and cattle farmers of Andean villages, indigenous settlers of the Amazon, and a bittersweet existence of Brazilian favela slum dwellers are subjects which he focused on in 2012, enhancing his portfolio as a documentary photographer.
In January 2013 he made an interesting Photo-story about the southern nations in Ethiopia.
His inspirations and stimulus come from researching and following the trends in photojournalism, as well as his determination to focus and devote his time and skills exclusively to photo-reporting.
If you’d like to see more of Goran’s work or learn more about him you can visit the following links: