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Zara Jarvinen is a UK-based, Finnish freelance photographer and aid worker. Her work has been published by Finnish and German newspapers and magazines, as well as non-governmental and international organisations. Specialised in the Middle East, she has documented conflict and humanitarian affairs in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and overall has published photographs from almost 30 different countries.
She has received a number of recognitions, including the B&W Humanitarian Photographer of the Year awarded by World Gala Photography Awards (WPGA), Finalist in the Julia Cameron Award for Women Photographers, as well as a Gold Award and a number of Honorable Mentions by organisations such as the WPGA (juried by Steve McCurry), International Photography Awards and Sigma. Her work has been featured in the UN World Humanitarian Campaign video in 2013, hard-cover books and several international group exhibitions.
As an aid worker specialising in post-conflict recovery and disaster relief, she has worked in various aid and foreign missions, including with the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union Monitoring Mission, International Organisation for Migration, and NGOs. In addition to her photography, she is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation on ethics, armed non-state actors and asymmetric at University of Durham (UK), funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
She is currently based in Durham, UK, but regularly travels to London, Helsinki and the Middle East.
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