Winner Award Newcomer 2009: Dominic Nahr
The Swiss-born photographer Dominic Nahr has won the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer’, for the first time awarded this year, for his photographic essay from the Congo, titled ‘The Road to Nowhere’.
The portfolio ‘The Road to Nowhere’ – documents the dramatic situation of refugees in the east of the Republic of Congo at the end of 2008. From 2004, Laurent Nkunda, the then leader of the Tutsi rebels, fought against the country’s government and sowed fear and terror in the hearts of the local population. Amongst other things, his troops are alleged to have been responsible for numerous rapes, killings and episodes of torture. The situation escalated in October and November of 2008 as Laurent Nkunda took control of the most important roads and cities in the province of North Kivu. More than 250,000 civilians were driven from their homes by the fighting between Nkunda’s troops and the army. A permanent fear of further pillage, rape and murder constantly accompanied them during their flight. At this point in time, no one was safe in North Kivu. In his images, Dominic Nahr accompanies refugees and soldiers on their apparently hopeless search for safety.
Dominic Nahr (Switzerland, 1983) is a contract photographer for TIME Magazine. He was raised in Hong Kong and graduated with a BFA from Ryerson University’s photography program in Toronto. He has exhibited in the Visa pour l’image and most recently at the 10x10 100 Years Leica Camera Anniversary. In 2009 Dominic was the the first recipient of the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. He also won in categories at the Sony World Photography Awards and was mentioned by PDN Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 under 30 Photographers’. The following year Dominic was selected to take part in the Joop Swart Masterclass sponsored by World Press Photo in The Netherlands and he has since received grants from the Pulitzer Center and the Magnum Emergency Fund.
He was recognised for his work covering events in Sudan by World Press Photo in 2013 and in Egypt, Somalia and Sudan by Pictures of the Year Awards in 2012 and 2013. In January 2015 Swiss Dominic was named Photographer of the Year at Photo15 in Zurich. His editorial clients include The New Yorker, NYTimes Magazine, National Geographic, Wired, Outside, Stern, NZZ, amongst others.