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

Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis

Photographer

Sergey Ponomarev

The New York Times

20 October, 2015

A Slovenian police officer on horseback escorts refugees after they crossed from Croatia.

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
1/2000
Focal length
35.0 mm
F-Stop
4.5
ISO
125

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