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.

Barbed wire barriers and police along the EU border have left around 8,000 refugees and migrants stranged in Serbia.

“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.

The ship has an official capacity of about 600 guests, but in many cases crew members are forced to ignore that.

Between October 2016 and May 2017, Iraqi authorities estimated at least 650,000 people had been displaced due to the fighting.

A boy stares out of the window of a bus that takes him to an official refugee camp in the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia. His dream of entering the EU has currently been put on hold.

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.”

“I should have never gotten the surgery which made me become a woman.” In 2016 Ivy underwent a sex change operation. Today, she regrets letting her own and society’s notions of a real woman pressure her to get the surgery done.

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Asger Ladefoged

Asger Ladefoged is a Danish photojournalist. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in fall, 2014. He works as a staff photographer at the Danish daily Berlingske ( – where he focuses mainly on photojournalism, web-documentaries and portraiture. Most recently, he has covered the terror attacks throughout Europe, the refugee crises, the middle Eastern conflict in Syria and Iraq, the war in Ukraine and the Rohingya crisis in 2017.

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