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Ivorian photographer becomes first African to win Prix Pictet

Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali has won the prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize, making her the first African to win the prize.

She received a cash prize of 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000; £87,000) for her pictures in which she embroidered ornate patterns onto photographs.

Art by Joana Choumali
Joana Choumali

The pictures are a response to attacks on a sleepy beach resort in southern Ivory Coast in 2016.

Militants killed 18 people in a gun attack in Grand Bassam. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) said it launched the attack.

Art by Joana Choumali
Joana Choumali

She took the pictures for her series called Ça Va Aller, which is French for "It will be okay", three weeks after the attacks on Sunday 13 March 2016.

Art by Joana Choumali
Joana Choumali

She said she processed the pain through embroidery.

"Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, the loneliness, and mixed feelings I felt," she said.

Art by Joana Choumali
Joana Choumali
Art by Joana Choumali
Joana Choumali

The jury deemed her work a "brilliantly original meditation on the ability of the human spirit to wrest hope and resilience from even the most traumatic events" said chairman of the jury Sir David King.

Capturing Cumbria

Caz Graham meets farmer and award-winning photographer Amy Bateman.
Amy Bateman is the winner of the 2019 British Life Photography Awards. She’s also a farmer and the picture that won her this top award is an atmospheric selfie she took late at night whilst feeding lambs in a Cumbrian stone barn. Caz Graham joins her for an Autumn day on the farm and fells to talk sheep, shutter speeds and portraying rural and farming Britain to a largely urban audience.

Photos: Copyright Amy Bateman
Steve McQueen's Year 3 children exhibition unveiled at Tate
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist and his team photographed more than 75,000 Year 3 children.