In November 2016, Danish photojournalist Asger Ladefoged traveled with his friend and colleague Allan Sørensen (Middle Eastern correspondent for Berlingske, the Danish newspaper where Ladefoged also works as a photographer) to northern Iraq to cover the on-going offensive against Mosul.
“The offensive there against the Islamic State lasted much longer than anyone thought possible and unfortunately also have resulted in a much longer offensive with more casualties and more destruction than first anticipated. This new reality was what we tried to bring back to our Danish readers,” Ladefoged said in a statement to World Photography Organisation. His series won WPO’s 2017 Sony World Photography Awards competition in the Current Affairs & News category.
Between October 2016 and May 2017, Iraqi authorities estimated at least 650,000 people had been displaced due to the fighting.
In his work as a photojournalist, Ladefoged has said that his primary focus is “telling stories that reach people and hopefully gets them to (re)think how we live our lives or how other people are forced to live their lives. Putting new perspective into peoples minds is very fulfilling for me.”