Affordable Ad Rates

Affordable Ad Rates

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Heart Breaking Portrait of Dying Australian Girl Wins Photographic Prize

A heart-breaking photograph of a sick young girl, being cared for by her family shortly before she died, has won the top portrait prize in Sydney's Head On Photo Festival competition. Photographer Joe Wigdahl took the image of Kirrilee Edwards, in November 2012, the same month she died. The 12 year old girl had suffered a seizure which left her with irreversible brain damage.

The picture titled 'Family Loss', captures the heartbreaking depiction of a family's love for their dying daughter. 'I wanted to capture this sense of family, this warm, loving, humorous family that connect with one and other through touch,' said Wigdahl. He also said he was going to donate half his prize winnings to the Edwards family, who spent a fortune on the care and support for their daughter.

The winning photo depicts the love Kirrilee received from her parents and 6 siblings. Touching!!!
'They are the human face of a mystery illness that robbed their daughter of a normal life and changed their own lives forever,' said a report about the family's plight. The Head On Portrait Prize is the major event in Sydney’s annual Head On Photo Festival, run by photographer Moshe Rosenzveig.
Richard Wainwright won 2nd place for his portrait of Syrian refugees titled Life and a Suitcase, while 3rd place went to a photo titled Vicki, which featured a woman after a mastectomy operation taken by Heather Tichowitsch.

No comments:

Post a Comment