2008 Photo Contest, Portraits, 1st prize

Vanessa Winship

Agence Vu

01 January, 2007

Girls in rural Eastern Turkey have for some time been denied schooling, through a combination of factors. Traditional values place restrictions on women's education and local unrest has complicated matters further. Long-term, low-level conflict between the state and Kurdish separatists has disrupted life in the area. But a government 'Let's go to School' campaign has been successful, with record numbers of girls attending classes.

About the photographer

Vanessa Winship

Vanessa Winship is a photographer who works predominantly on long-term documentary projects, with a focus on portrait, landscape and reportage. She has received several awards...

This image is collected in