POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Issue Reporting Picture Story

First Place

Manu Brabo / Associated Press
“Wandering Migrants”

Second Place

Lorenzo Tugnoli / The Washington Post
“The longest war”

Third Place

Tariq Zaidi / Freelance
“El Salvador: A Country Ruled By Gangs”

Award of Excellence

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
“Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year”

Award of Excellence

Nariman El-Mofty / Associated Press
“Disembarking in Hell”

Award of Excellence

Kirsten Luce / Freelance
“The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism”

Award of Excellence

Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press
“Venezuela: Death's Burden”

First Place

“Wandering Migrants”

Bosnia's notorious Vucjak camp may have closed down after an international outcry, but the plight of migrants stranded in the country while trying to reach Western Europe is far from over. The tent camp near the northwestern town of Bihac stood on a former landfill and near a mine field, becoming a symbol of migrant suffering as they travel through the Balkans. The camp was flattened earlier this month, its residents transferred to other parts of Bosnia. Yet they are making their way back to Bihac because it is closest the place they want to get to - Bosnia's neighbor, European Union member Croatia.In Bihac, migrants look for abandoned buildings or factories, or stay in the town's migrant center if they are lucky. They camp among bare walls, waiting for a warm meal from aid groups. With the winter settling in, migrants want to hurry toward Croatia before the weather gets even worse. But this is not easy - they have to go over a mountain pass and police often turn them back.They call it the "Game" - a cat-and-mouse chase with Croatia's border patrols over the mountain tracks. Sometimes migrants try several times before they manage to cross, sometimes it takes weeks, even months. In this picture taken Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019, a group of refugees from Afghanistan cook in the mountains surrounding the northern Bosnia town of Bihac after they fled a makeshift camp cleared and destroyed by Bosnian police near the village of Vucjak to avoid being resettled, in the outskirts of Bihac, northwestern Bosnia.