Gwenn Dubourthoumieu: Raped lives
After a B.S. in Business Administration and Management and a M.S. in Humanitarian Affairs, Gwenn Dubourthoumieu began working for NGOs, mainly based in Africa, in the fields of logistics and project coordination. In 2004, he went to Somalia where he specialized in Mine Action until 2007, when he moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he continues to live and work as a freelance photographer.
Having spent several years of his life in conflict areas (Somalia, Sudan, DRC), Gwenn has not only witnessed situations of great suffering, but also the inspiring courage often shown by the victims themselves and the humanitarian workers.
Quite understandably, he decided to vouch for these difficult situations, determined to raise awareness through in depth photo documentaries. For the same reason, beside his personal work as a freelance photographer and his current assignment as AFP photo correspondent in DRC, Gwenn also continues to work for NGOs to give testimonies of humanitarian efforts.
In June this year, Gwenn was awarded the Getty Images Grant for Good for his work Raped Lives; somehow a recognition of his dedication. In 2010, he had already been short-listed among the finalists of the Getty Images Grant for Good. The same year, Gwenn was awarded the «Prix Spécial du Jury» at the International Scoop and Journalism Festival of Angers (France) for the feature «Etat d’Armes».