BURKINI ISLAND (2016) BY ANNA BOYIAZIS
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