Jason Florio – Finalist LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019 ‘The Gambia: Victims and Resisters’

Finalist Portrait Awards 2019 LensCulture ‘The Gambia: Victims and Resisters’ – Portraits © Jason Florio

The Gambia: Victims and Resisters


Portrait Awards 2019 – LensCulture

Great news – my ongoing project in collaboration with Helen Jones-Florio , victims and resisters of the former Gambian regime under Yahya Jammeh, made the Finalists in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019. Big congratulations to all the other Winners, Jurors’ Picks, Finalists and thanks to LensCulture and the esteemed jurors.

Jason Florio – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio meets Mustapha, who was shot in the back during peaceful student protests, in the Gambia, April 2000 – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio

The Gambia, West Africa is a popular winter-sun holiday destination for Europeans. But, most tourists know very little about the dark and shattered underbelly of ‘The Smiling Coast of Africa,’ as the Gambia is fondly called. From 1994 to 2017, President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia as his own fiefdom, crushing dissent and opposition with brutality… read more/LensCulture.

24-year-old, Amie, a kindergarten teacher was part of a peaceful protest in 2016 when she was picked up by members of the former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh’s, security forces. She was held incommunicado for 10 days at one of their detention sites. She was subjected to beatings with steel pipes and regularly doused in freezing water. One of her fellow protestors was subjected not only to the beatings but to gang rape by three masked police officers…


Amie Bayo - portrait, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime',
Amie Bayo – portrait © Jason Florio ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

See more from this on-going series on Florio’s website

Watch the short documentary, about Gambia’s human rights defenders, made for Amnesty International, ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia’


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April 2019 – Currently working in The Gambia on:

Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime


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