2015 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Birthday Chocolate


Åsa Sjöström

24 March, 2014

Igor hands out chocolate to a friend on his ninth birthday.

About the photographer

Åsa Sjöström

Photojournalist Åsa Sjöström was born in 1976 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work is social documentary, with a focus on women and children. Her photographic work has received first ...

Background story

Igor whispers into his friend Renat’s ear, at a school in northern Moldova. It is Igor’s birthday, and his grandmother has given him chocolate to hand out to his classmates.

Moldova is Europe’s poorest country. In the past 10 years, one-third of the working population has gone abroad in search of better-paying jobs. Children often find themselves looked after by elderly relatives, or left in orphanage boarding schools. Igor has a twin brother. They do not know their father and their mother died soon after leaving to work in Russia, when they were two years old.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
35.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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