@2019 by Antonio Aragón Renuncio

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Dangerous Minds

Teach the Koran or Die

         In recent years Burkina Faso, a country permanently anchored at the top of the world's poverty list despite having been one of the safest in West Africa, has been the target of more than 300 attacks by radical Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda and Dáesh.

         Among the possible military objectives of these fundamentalist factions (which began to carry out operations in the country after the agreements with former president Blaise Compaoré -derrocated in 2014 after 27 years of iron dictatorship- who gave them support in exchange for not carrying out violent actions on Burkinabe soil) were all kinds of government offices as well as members of the army, the gendarmerie and the police.

         Formal education in French (the official language of the country) and the teachers who carry it out with great effort and dedication, have become the center of most of the attacks of a bloody and atrocious campaign that has forced to close more than a thousand schools in the north and east, has left more than one hundred and fifty thousand children without classes in the last year alone and has made more than half their teachers abandon their work and seek refuge in other parts of the country.

      The jihadist threat to teachers in Burkina, which is spreading rapidly to other countries in the region, is clear: Teach the Koran or die.

      Children are afraid. They don't go to school anymore. They fear attacks and they have started studying at home. Improvised blackboards, regiments of children learning from each other (the older ones teach the younger ones)… great whirlpool of creative and culturally resilience.

      “Education generates trust. Trust generates hope. Hope generates peace”.

 
 
 
 

Antonio Aragón Renuncio

       Since the mid-90s he has always been involved with the photographic medium: Founds and chairs “Nostromo” Photographers Association (Spain). Professor (over fifteen years) of photography: University of Cantabria (Spain), American University UAM (Nicaragua), Central American University UCA (Nicaragua), Caribbean University URACCAN (Nicaragua), Cantabrian Government and Santander City Hall (Spain)… He organizes and directs the I Photography Festival of Santander. Editor in chief Xplorer Magazine (Nicaragua). Free-lance photographer for several International News Agencies. CEO Xtreme PhotoWS (Burkina Faso). Writes about Photo and publishes reportages across digital and print international media. Organizes and Directs the Solidarity Photography Days “Fotografía un Mundo Mejor” (Spain)…

 

         In 2003 he founds, and since then he presides, the NGO OASIS (www.ongoasis.org) which develops every year medical projects in some of the most depressed areas of the Gulf of Guinea in Africa, having extensive experience working in Africa.

 

         He has exhibited (more than eighty exhibitions) his work in Galleries and Museums: Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art (Madrid, Spain), Museum of Fine Arts (Santander, Spain), BBK Foundation (Bilbao, Spain), Canal de Isabel II Space Gallery (Madrid, Spain), Espai de la Fotografía (Valencia, Spain), Obra Social y Cultural de Caja Duero (Cáceres, Spain), Central Library (England), ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair (Spain), Ruben Dario´s National Theatre (Nicaragua), MAPFRE Foundation, ONCE Foundation, Museum of Antioquia (Colombia), Fontainebleau Palace (China), University of Hidalgo (México), Osnabrück’s Cultural History Museum (Germany), Puertas de Castilla (Murcia), Burj Khalifa Park (Dubai), Sakharov Center (Moscow), Rivne Regional Museum (Ukraine), Salt Galata & Galata Fotoğrafhanesi (Istanbul, Turkey), Odessa Photo Days (Ukraine), Batumi Photo Days (Georgia), State Art Gallery (Madhapur, India), Palazzo Pubblico (Siena, Italia), Ostroh Academy (Ukraine), Hysan Place (Hong Kong), Austrian Cultural Forum Rome (Rome, Italy), PhotoVisa (Krasnodar, Russia), UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France), Muhammad Ali Center (Louisville, USA), Xposure International Photography Festival (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), House of the Federal Press Conference (Berlin, Germany), Cultural Palace (Rivne, Ukraine), National Museum Kiev Fortress (Kiev, Ukraine), London Business School (London, Great Britain), DongGang International Photo Festival (Korea), Muzeum Fotografii Janowie Lubelskim (Poland), Рівненська обласна Library (Rivne, Ucrania)...

 

Prizes and Grants (selection):

Cantabria´s Government Photojournalism Award. 2019

Festival Gollut. Winner Photojournalism, 2019

35 Awards. Children by the Water. Top 35 Photographer, 2019

Photolux Award. Finalist, 2019
The Yellow Award. Winner Photojournalism, 2019

Felix Schoeller Photo Award. Finalist, 2019
Environmental Photographer of the Year. Finalist, 2019
Envision Kindness. Finalist, 2019
Alfred Fried Photography Award. Finalist, 2019

Indian Photography Festival. Open Call Winner, 2019

Aphotoreporter. Blue Pin, Best Author, 2019

Aphotoreporter. Golden Medal FIAP (multimedia), 2019

Aphotoreporter. Ribbon GPU (series), 2019

InterAction Photo Contest. 2nd place, 2019

InterAction Photo Contest. 3rd place, 2019

Beasaingo Hiria. 1st Place, 2019

DongGang International Photo Festival. Open Call Winner, 2019

Life Press Foto. Best Author, 2019
Life Press Foto. Gold Medal People in the News, Portrait (series), 2019
Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Life (single), 2019
Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Life (series), 2019
Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Nature, Environment (series), 2019
Life Press Foto. Silver Medal Spot News (single), 2019
Life Press Foto. Silver Medal Spot News (series), 2019
Life Press Foto. Diploma from Salon People in the News, Portrait (single), 2019

POY Latam. 3rd place “Daily Life, Series”, 2019

London Business School Photography Awards. Winner, 2019

UMBRA International Photo Awards. 2nd place "People", 2019

Shining a Light International Photo Contest. Honorable Mention, 2019

UNICEF Photo of the Year. Winner, 2018
Chromatic Photography Awards. 3rd Place. People, 2018
Chromatic Photography Awards. Honorable Mention. Environmental, 2018
VII Salón Internacional Ciutat Vila Joiosa. FIAP Bronze Medal. Color, 2018
VII Salón Internacional Ciutat Vila Joiosa. FCLV Medal. Monocrom, 2018
VII Salón Internacional Ciutat Vila Joiosa. CEF Silver Medal. People, 2018
Concurso Internacional de Fotografía “La Mina y la Mar”. 3er Premio, 2018

Xposure International Photography Festival. Winner Photojournalism, 2018

Xposure International Photography Festival. 3rd Place Photojournalism, 2018

PhotoVisa. “Photo Series” Winner, 2018
PhotoVisa. “Single Photo” Winner, 2018
PhotoVisa. “Multimedia” 3rd place, 2018

International Martial Arts Photo Contest. Fine Work, 2018

EyeCareEveryWhere Photo. Runner Up, 2018

LatinIPA. Editorial 2nd place, 2018

Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi. MFD Mention, 2018

Direct Look. "The Problem". Winner, 2018

Direct Look. "The Conflict". Finalist, 2018

Environmental Photographer of the Year. Honorable Mention, 2018

Environmental Photographer of the Year. Finalist, 2018

Premio Nacional de Fotoperiodismo Siero. 2nd Place, 2018

Ariano International Film Festival. Finalist, 2018

Signo Editores. Winner (Photojournalism), 2018

Signo Editores. Special Mention (Open), 2018

Signo Editores. Finalist (Portrait), 2018

Signo Editores. Finalist (Photojournalism), 2018

16th InterAction's Photo Contest. Best Photo of Youth Potential, 2018

IV Salón Internacional Vila D´Almenara. FIAP Gold Medal B/N, 2018

IV Salón Internacional Vila D´Almenara. Chairman Choice Color, 2018

IV Salón Internacional Vila D´Almenara. GFAL Honorable Mention Travel, 2018

Beautiful Moments World Photography and Essay Contest. 3rd Place, 2018

Indian Photography Festival. Open Call, 2018

Life Press Foto. Best Author, 2018

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Spot News (single), 2018

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Spot News (series), 2018

Life Press Foto. Bronze Medal People in the News, Portrait (single), 2018

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal People in the News, Portrait (series), 2018

Life Press Foto. Diploma from Salon Sports (series), 2018

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Life (single), 2018

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Life (series), 2018

Siena International Photo Awards. Honorable Mention, 2018

Santander Photo. Finalist, 2018

PHA International Photo Contest. PHA Merit Award, 2018

Serbia Photo. International Salon Singidunum. Special Chairman Choice Award, 2018

Serbia Photo. International Salon Singidunum. Bronze Medal “Travel”, 2018

Concurso Internacional de Fotografía "Objetivo África". 1st Place, 2017
Concurso Internacional de Fotografía "Objetivo África". 2nd Place, 2017

Concurso Internacional de Fotografía “La Mina y la Mar”. 1st Place, 2017
Premio Latinoamericano de Fotografía Documental. 1st Place, 2017

Direct Look. 1st place "The Compromise", 2017

Direct Look. "The Conflict". Finalist, 2017

Premio Nacional de Fotoperiodismo Siero. 1st Place, 2017

Photographer´s Forum Magazine. Finalist, 2017

Alfred Fried Photography Award. Finalist, 2017

Ariano International Film Festival. Finalist, 2017

Youmanity Photo Awards. 3rd Place, 2017

III International Digital Biennial Photojournalism. Blue Pin, Best Author, 2017

III International Digital Biennial Photojournalism. FIAP Gold Medal (Single), 2017

III International Digital Biennial Photojournalism. FIAP Gold Medal (Series), 2017

III International Digital Biennial Photojournalism. FIAP Gold Medal (Audiovisual), 2017

Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA). HM, 2017

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris. Bronze Medal Nature, 2017

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris. Bronze Medal Travel, 2017

Pictures of the Year, POYLatam. 2nd Place Daily Life, 2017

Siena International Photo Awards. Remarkable Artwork Award, 2017

Pablo Hojas Llama Photo Award. Winner, 2017

Life Press Foto. Best Author, 2017

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Spot News (single), 2017

Life Press Foto. Silver Medal Spot News (series), 2017

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Portrait (series), 2017

Life Press Foto. Gold Medal Daily Life (single), 2017

Life Press Foto. Top Award Diploma NSPAU, 2017

Santander Photo Festival. Finalist, 2017

Oasis Photo Contest. Honorable Mention, 2017

Oasis Photo Contest.  Magazine Award Commended, 2017

Palm Springs Photo Festival. Finalist, 2017
Fine Art Photography Awards. Nominee, 2017

Nikonians Photography Awards. Finalist, 2017

All About Photo International Photo Contest. Jurors Merit, 2017

Onyx International Exhibition of Photography. PSA Honorable Mention, 2017

La Grande Photo. 2nd place “People”, 2016

La Grande Photo. 2nd place “Children”, 2016

International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY). Editorial. HM, 2016

International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY). People. HM, 2016

Xativa’s International Photo Contest. Gold Medal, 2016
Tokio International Foto Awards. HM, 2016
XLIV Trofeo Gipuzcoa Internacional. FIAP HM, 2016
Direct Look. 1st place "The Problem", 2016
Direct Look. 3rd place "The Conflict", 2016
Photography Grant. Story Nominee (Sannám), 2016
Photography Grant. Story Nominee (Sorcière), 2016
Platja d’Aro. Accesit, 2016
Rivne Photographic Arts Cup. Gold Medal, 2016
Odessa/Batumi Photo Days. Open Call, 2016
Indian Photography Festival (IPF), 2016
Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA). HM, 2016
Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA). RA, 2016
Alfred Fried Photography Award. Finalist, 2016
The Other Hundred Educators. Finalist, 2016
Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA). HM, 2016
HIPA Grand Prize 2016
III Documentary Photography Days. 2016
Foto Nikon Profesional. Accesit. 2015
Pictures of the Year. 1st place "Sports". POY Latam 2015
Felix Schoeller Photo Award. Nominee. 2015
II International Digital Biennial Photojournalism. FIAP HM. 2015
Festival Internacional de la Imagen. Finalista. México. FINI 2015
FCF Silver Medal 2015
Grand Prix of the Humanity Photo Award. UNESCO/CFPA, 2013
Documentary Award. Humanity Photo Awards. UNESCO/CFPA, 2013
GEA PHOTOWORDS International Documentary Photo Awards, 2012
REVELA International Photo Award, 2012
FIAP’s and CEF’s Silver Medal. “A World for All: Overcoming disabilities” 2011
Premio Latinoamericano de Fotografía Documental, 2010
Beca de Artes Plásticas del Gobierno de Cantabria (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 y 2005)
Beca III Fotoencontres del Espai de la Fotografía de Valencia, 2000
Premio Nacional de Fotografía de Vizcaya, 2000
Premio Nacional de Fotografía del Gobierno de Cantabria (1998 y 99)
Premio Nacional de Fotografía para Jóvenes Autores (INJUVE), 1997
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Now he is based in Nicaragua and free for worldwide assignments.

Antonio Aragón Renuncio

Nicaragua +(505) 88605575 

Spain +(34) 619 422073

tonaragon@yahoo.es

www.antonioaragonrenuncio.com

 

 
 
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