BURKINI IS­LAND (2016) BY ANNA BOYIAZIS

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Clutch­ing plas­tic con­tain­ers, four girls float on their backs in the turquoise waters sur­round­ing Zanz­ibar. On an is­land where 98% of the pop­u­la­tion is Mus­lim, the vast ma­jor­ity of girls never learn to swim, but a new ini­tia­tive named Panje – a Swahili word mean­ing “big fish” – is mak­ing it pos­si­ble for lo­cal women to get into the wa­ter, by pro­vid­ing them with full-length swim­suits (known as “burki­nis”) and teach­ing them how to swim.

The Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Anna Boyiazis, who loved the wa­ter so much as a child that she, too, was nick­named “big fish”, spent five weeks there. Her por­trait, above, has just won this year’s Al­fred Fried Pho­tog­ra­phy Award for Peace Im­age of the Year. friedaward.com

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