2019 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd Prize

Never Saw Him Cry


Michael Hanke

25 April, 2018

Zdenĕk Šafránek spars with his friend Jan Matoušek, in Podĕbrady, Czech Republic.

Zdenĕk Šafránek is the captain of the Czech Republic Para Ice Hockey team, and has participated in three Paralympic Games. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident at work in an auto repair shop in 2003. He also represents his country in mountain biking and handcycling, and in 2017–18 was the Czech Republic’s champion paraboxer. Šafránek lives in the town of Pátek, near Podĕbrady, in the Czech Republic, with his partner and three children.

About the photographer

Michael Hanke

Michael Hanke was born in Kladno, Czech Republic, in 1972. His photographic career began when he was 40 years old, however, only one year later, he began to receive prestigiou...

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