Benedikt Ziegler is a twenty-six years old freelance photographer.
He has an empathetic photojournalistic approach with a close and sensitive eye on social issues.
In 2011 he enrolled in the Photography program at the University in Dortmund (GER).
In 2014 he attended a course in Advanced Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus (DK).
He currently lives in Dortmund where he will complete his Bachelor in 2016.
2015 - Rheumatism Award
Juvenile Athritis / Work in progress
„Rheumatism, thats only something for old people? You can get that as a child?“
Rheumatism and children - thats still unthinkable for most people. Furthermore, there are over 30.000 children und adolescents in Germany suffering from different forms of rheumatism. Most of the young rheumatics - approximately 15.000 - are affected by the special juvenile degenerative joint disease, which involves pain and limited mobility. Thereby there can one or even more joints be affected. Also the disease can develop into internal organs or affect the isis of the eyes, which as a last resort can end up going blind. Rarely some forms of rheumatism can lead to death. Causes for arthritis are wide ranging and usually so far unsolved.