Best Work by an Emerging Photographer | Nominee

Fabian Melber

Hannover / Germany

24 Meilen


More and more people are losing their lives in the attempt to reach Europe on the central Mediterranean route. In 2016, the number of deaths reached a bitter record of at least 4,500 victims. To prevent such loss of life, the Sea-Watch 2, a ship belonging to the German NGO Seawatch, patrols the waters 24 miles off the coast of Libya. The main task of the vessel and its crew of volunteers is to rescue refugees from drowning. The aim of the organisation is to raise awareness of the catastrophic situation and the inhuman activities of the European border control authorities and to motivate the European Union to establish safe and legal migration routes.


Fabian Melber was born on 21.1.1991 in Würzburg, Bavaria.

Following completion of his technical diploma, he graduated as a BA in political science at the university of Marburg.

From 2016 on, he studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Hanover, Germany. Until today, his study of the humanities remains a formative and essential factor in his perspectives and the way he works.

In his works, he focuses on interpersonal conflicts, social change and social power structures.