Kiwi wins prestigious Amnesty International Award for LGBT series

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 7:32 p.m.

A Kiwi has won Amnesty International's equivalent of an Oscar for photojournalism.

Robin Hammond's series of photos all have one theme in common - the fear that ISIS instills.

It's a common enough fear but his subject has a particular focus, the group ISIS targets with special brutality - the LGBT community.

The award is for the series he did in Lebanon. He has flown from Tunisia to accept the honour.

Raised in Wellington, the photographer now travels the world telling the stories of people he describes as silenced by bigotry.

Mr Hammond has spent the last two years photographing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in countries where their love is illegal.

It's taken him to many countries including Russia, Nigeria, Cameroon and Lebanon and he is well versed in the numbers.

There are 2.8 billion people living in countries where same-sex acts are a crime. Seventy-five countries criminalise it and five put people to death.

Mr Hammond has taken those numbers and made them human so viewers can understand what they mean.

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