Rasmus Pedersen

Country: Denmark 🇩🇰

My name is Rasmus Flindt Pedersen. I’m 37 years old and live with my girlfriend and our son in Copenhagen. I have studied media science for four years at the University of Southern Denmark from 2002 to 2006. Along the way I realized, that I wanted to work with people instead of analyzing someone else’s work. \r\nI applied to the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2006 to study photojournalism. I graduated in 2011 and have worked as a freelancer since 2012.\r\nIn 2015 I was sent all over Europe to cover the refugee crisis. For three weeks I travelled through several countries to document the tragic situation, that many of the men, women and children were facing trying to get to safety in Europe after having fled their homes in Syria. \r\nThis trip was an eye-opener for me. In Denmark several politicians accused the refugees of coming to Denmark only to seek out welfare benefits, so it became important to me to tell the stories of the people in the flow of refugees, to photograph their living conditions, and to show what was happening at the European borders. I realized more than ever how important it is to be present and cover humanitarian issues. \r\nThe following years I was on several trips abroad to document the living conditions of the many Syrian refugees in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon etc. \r\nIn 2017 I went to Iraq to cover the liberation of Mosul. After my first trip there were still many stories, I wanted to tell. Later that year I went back - this time to work at the frontline documenting the fighting as well as the consequences for the civilians.\r\nThe stories proved to be a hard sell with the media in Denmark, though. \r\nI have been fortunate enough to win several Danish and international awards for my work covering the refugee crisis and the Mosul liberation. \r\nI won the Danish POY 2017, I was awarded a third place at Sony World Photography Awards, and last year I was named Editorial Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards, to name a few.\r\nThe preparations for my latest project began, when I returned home from Mosul in July 2017. I had read a small article about the civil war in Yemen and thought it was strange, that no one was covering it. \r\nI immediately started doing research on how to get into the country, and how it would be possible to actually work there. Just over a year later - in august 2018 - I was able to travel to Yemen with a journalist to cover the humanitarian consequences of the war. As one of the very first photojournalists since 2015 I was allowed to enter and work in the Houthi-controlled North Yemen.