2016 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 1st prize

Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis

Photographer

Sergey Ponomarev

The New York Times

16 September, 2015

A man carries his child as Hungarian police use tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons against people trying to cross into the country from Serbia, the day after Hungary closed its border with Serbia.

Over one million refugees entered Europe in 2015, the vast majority arriving by sea, through Greece and Italy. Many landing in Greece wanted to move on, through the Balkan countries, to enter the Schengen Area of the European Union, where movement between member states does not require a passport. Balkan countries tended to steer refugees towards the next border, in the largest movement of people on the continent since World War II. Hungary, to the north, closed its frontiers, first with Serbia, then with Croatia.

About

Sergey Ponomarev

Before becoming a freelancer in 2012, Sergey worked for the Associated Press starting in 2003. He has won many international and domestic photography awards. Most recently, he w...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/400
Focal length
24.0 mm
F-Stop
9.0
ISO
500

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