Social snaps win £8,000 photography prize: Instagram images of Ethiopian street featured in exhibition

    • Girma Berta has documented the colourful street life in her home city, Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa
    • Three photographers have been selected as recipients of this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grants
    • Uruguayan Christian Rodriguez has specialised in taking pictures of pregnant teenagers in Latin America
    • Ronny Sen has been following the extraordinary lives of coal miners in India’s eastern Jharkhand state

    Instagram may have become popular largely because of endless selfies by reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian but it also home to some of the most breath-taking photography in the world.

    Mrs Kanye West may have 83 million followers compared to Ronny Sen’s 1,911 but it is the latter whose extraordinary photographs of the burning coal mines in India’s Jharkhand state have won him one of this year’s coveted Getty Images Instagram Grants.

    The $10,000 prize might be small change for a Kardashian but it is a princely sum for a photographer operating in one of India’s poorest states.

    Children wait for their parents to return from work at a coal mine in Jharia in India's Jharkhand state

    Children wait for their parents to return from work at a coal mine in Jharia in India’s Jharkhand state

    Mr Sen, who posts images under the Instagram account @whatdoestheendoftimelooklike, describes them as pictures of ‘survival in an apocalyptic landscape’.

    He has spent months photographing Jharia, where coal has been mined since the 19th century and much of the area is masked by smoke, stemming from coal fires, some of which have been burning since 1916.

    While Mr Sen’s images tend to provoke feelings of shock and awe, those of Uruguayan Christian Rodriguez trigger a wide range of emotions from sadness and empathy to a warm glow of happiness.

    Christian Rodriguez has documented the lives of teenage mothers in Latin America, a largely Catholic country where birth control is often frowned upon. Micaela Ribero, 15, is pictured with her son Franco. She is a single mother and gave birth as a teenager, like her mother did with her

    Christian Rodriguez has documented the lives of teenage mothers in Latin America, a largely Catholic country where birth control is often frowned upon. Micaela Ribero, 15, is pictured with her son Franco. She is a single mother and gave birth as a teenager, like her mother did with her

    Mr Rodriguez has documented the lives of pregnant teenagers in Latin America in an attempt to raise awareness and show the issue’s impact on communities.

    The third winner was Girma Berta, whose images are less about social awareness and more about art.

    Her project, Moving Shadows, shows street scenes with colorful backdrops from her home city of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

    Girma Berta, 26, says of his Moving Shadows project in Addis Ababa: 'I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment'

    Girma Berta, 26, says of his Moving Shadows project in Addis Ababa: ‘I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment’

    During labour, Angela Mieres, 15, hugs her sister, Patricia. Angela's boyfriend was shot to death in Brazil 20 days before their baby was born

    During labour, Angela Mieres, 15, hugs her sister, Patricia. Angela’s boyfriend was shot to death in Brazil 20 days before their baby was born

    Coal thieves - in this case women whose brightly coloured clothes clash with the greyness of the open-cast mine - work very early in the morning before the mine officials arrive in Jharia

    Coal thieves – in this case women whose brightly coloured clothes clash with the greyness of the open-cast mine – work very early in the morning before the mine officials arrive in Jharia

    Many of Girma Berta's images involve a photograph taken from the streets of Addis Ababa superimposed onto a background - in this case of blue paint - which was added later

    Many of Girma Berta’s images involve a photograph taken from the streets of Addis Ababa superimposed onto a background – in this case of blue paint – which was added later

    Although Mr Rodriguez won his prize for his Teen Mom series, he also took pictures on other themes. In this one a woman is getting her eyebrows ironed in the street at Zocalo, Mexico City, in front of a poster of beautifully crafted brows

    Although Mr Rodriguez won his prize for his Teen Mom series, he also took pictures on other themes. In this one a woman is getting her eyebrows ironed in the street at Zocalo, Mexico City, in front of a poster of beautifully crafted brows

    Another of Girma Berta's images, again this one uses an image of street cleaners and their brightly coloured cart, together with its shadow, on a blue background

    Another of Girma Berta’s images, again this one uses an image of street cleaners and their brightly coloured cart, together with its shadow, on a blue background

    A teenage mother with her child on her back in Quito, Ecuador

    Aline, a teenage mum in the Complexo de Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro

    Christian Rodriguez travelled all over Latin America to take photographs of teenage mothers – from Quito in Ecuador (left) to the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro (right)

    Gloria, 13, holds a duckling at her home in Maluco, a small village in Mexico's Oaxaca state. Gloria lives with her mother and eight of her 10 siblings, who are between four and 20. Gloria became a mother at the age of 12, a consequence of sexual abuse by her father who has also attacked two of her sisters, aged eight and 16

    Gloria, 13, holds a duckling at her home in Maluco, a small village in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. Gloria lives with her mother and eight of her 10 siblings, who are between four and 20. Gloria became a mother at the age of 12, a consequence of sexual abuse by her father who has also attacked two of her sisters, aged eight and 16

    Girma Berta took this fabulous picture of Timket, a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany and venerates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan

    Girma Berta took this fabulous picture of Timket, a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany and venerates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan

    This picture by Ronny Sen is quite confusing to the eye but it shows the wall of a broken Hindu temple, next to a stream, in a village in the Jharia coalfields. Due to the blasting and the underground fires lots of the buildings and houses in nearby villages are damaged or destroyed

    This picture by Ronny Sen is quite confusing to the eye but it shows the wall of a broken Hindu temple, next to a stream, in a village in the Jharia coalfields. Due to the blasting and the underground fires lots of the buildings and houses in nearby villages are damaged or destroyed

    Christian Rodriguez took this portrait of (left to right) Graciela, 13, Norma, eight, and Lupita, seven, behind their house in the impoverished village of Ocotal Grande in Veracruz, Mexico

    Christian Rodriguez took this portrait of (left to right) Graciela, 13, Norma, eight, and Lupita, seven, behind their house in the impoverished village of Ocotal Grande in Veracruz, Mexico

    A labourer stands outside one of the coal mines in Jharia, India. He will make $2 (£1.54) for loading five lorries with coal. It is back-breaking work in stifling temperatures

    A labourer stands outside one of the coal mines in Jharia, India. He will make $2 (£1.54) for loading five lorries with coal. It is back-breaking work in stifling temperatures

    Rita Lopez with her baby

    Yerli holds her daughter

    Rita Lopez (17) has just given birth to her baby (left) while Yerli, who is 16, holds her two-year-old daughter (right)

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