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Black Pearl Awards – Photo Contest

Thank you all for the hundreds of touching and inspiring photos you have shared with us!

Don’t hesitate to take a moment to discover below the top three finalists of this year’s contest. We also invite you to view the gallery of entries and immerse yourself in the compelling narratives each photograph unveils.


Together strong
True colours are rare
Grow up with love

Together Strong

Rare disease represented: Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease 
Country: Austria
Year: 2024

Description: Valentin selected this photo himself. He said: Hugs are the most important thing! 

True colors are rare

Rare disease represented: Diffuse Capillary Malformation 
Country: South Africa
Year: 2023

Description: Vascular Malformation

Grow up with love

Rare disease represented: Oculocutaneous albinism
Country: Turkey
Year: 2023

Description: Two sisters who were born with a diagnosis of albinism and their mother who raised them with love.
A mother who supports her daughters at every moment and strives for their happiness.
And I am the teacher of these two beautiful girls.


All accepted photos submitted for the EURORDIS Photo Award 2024 are showcased in the gallery below. Don’t hesitate to explore the collection, but please be aware that these images are not royalty-free and must not be reused without explicit permission.

SHORTLISTING BY Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale is a talented documentary photographer and photojournalist who has been dedicated to advocacy and human rights for over 15 years. His work on human rights and conflict during his role as a photographer at the National Geographic Magazine has helped educate and advise corporations and policymakers around the world. Marcus has also partnered with various international advocacy groups, including Human Rights Watch.

In 2002, his first book, ‘One Hundred Years of Darkness‘, was published, soon followed by “The Rape of a Nation” (2009) and “The Unravelling” (2015). Appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine and TIME Magazine to name a few, he has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), the Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), and the Amnesty International Award (2015).


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