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Hannah Reyes Morales Wins Hetherington Visionary Award Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

11 May 2019

Hannah Reyes Morales has been awarded the 2019 Hetherington Trust Visionary Award for her project Living Lullabies, the Trust announced earlier this week. The award includes a £20,000 grant.

Hannah Reyes Morales. From 'Teen Moms, 'a previous project.

In announcing the award, the Trust noted:

Living Lullabies illuminates critical issues facing women and children through a multimedia documentation of families' night-time rituals. It explores how caregivers prepare children for sleep in environments fraught with hazard and the unique role of the lullaby as a vector for sense- and place-making. Despite growing recognition of its criticality, sleep remains one of the least documented aspects of the human experience. Through collecting and distributing audio-photographic records of families' night-time rituals, this project aims to demonstrate how issues at the top of global agendas -- conflict, migration, public health -- affect and are reflected in the stories of bedtime for children around the world.

Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photographer and National Geographic Explorer who documents "tenderness amidst adversity." Her photography focuses on how resilience is embodied in daily life, exploring the themes of diaspora, survival, and the bonds that tie us together.

Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, The Southeast Asia Globe, Newsweek Japan, CNN Philippines, and The Atlantic.

The image above from Teen Moms, a previous project, was captioned:

Ralyn, 16, cuddles her baby in her cemetery home a few days after her birth. Adolescent birthrates have declined globally, but for the Philippines, it has been on the rise. There are 10 million adolescent girls in the Philippines, where by age 19, 1 in 5 girls will be a mother, or pregnant. It is one of the handful of countries where abortion is illegal under any circumstance. The age of consent is 12. The lack of access to reproductive rights and information, coupled with the lack of opportunities for women, make motherhood a hard road ahead for these girls, who often do not get the chance to go back to school. It is especially difficult for women from low income communities, who have very little voice in society.

The shortlist for this year's award includes six projects.

British photojournalist Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was killed by shrapnel while covering the 2011 Libyan civil war. He produced books, films and other work in addition to his still imaging. The Tim Hetherington Trust's Visionary Award supports compelling visual storytellers working in different disciplines.

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