A happy picture today. A candid portrait of three young buddhist novices, at a monastery near the floating village of Kompong Khleang, Cambodia.

1/250s, f/3.5, ISO 400.

© Guido Dingemans (2014). Licensed by Getty Images.

A candid street shot from the Palestinian refugee camp at Madaba, Jordan. The painted walls and gate in the background belong to an elementary school. Madaba Camp was established in 1956 and harbours about 5,000 Palestinian refugees. Tents have since long been replaced by houses, effectively turning the camp into a small village, and whole generations of Palestinians have grown up here.

1/1600s, f/10, ISO 400.

© Guido Dingemans (2014). Licensed by the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and Demotix/Corbis Images.

Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, one of the biggest refugee camps in the world. With over a 100.000 refugees from troubled Syria, it’s busy, but at certain corners and under a certain kind of light, it looks like the edge of the world.

1/160s, f/18, ISO 100.

© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by Getty Images and The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (Jordan, 2014)

Abu Faiek (84) fled Palestine when he was 18 years old and has been living in Madaba Refugee Camp, Jordan, since 1948. He’s a well-respected man in the neighborhood and owns a small shop, which he runs from his comfortable leather armchair.

Jordan harbours over 2 million registered Palestinian refugees. Most of them have full citizenship. About 20% of them live in one of the ten recognized Palestinian refugee camps throughout the country.

1/200s, f/3.2, ISO 2000.

© Guido Dingemans (2014)

As mentioned earlier, last week the Netherlands Refugee Foundation awarded two Syrian doctors with the Van Heuven Goedhart-Penning 2014 for their work with Syrian refugees in Jordan. I was happy to see doctor Mahmoud again, but unfortunately doctor Mohammad couldn’t attend the ceremony in Den Haag, because he wasn’t allowed to leave Jordan.

In this image, doctor Mohammad is examining a Syrian refugee, who was a victim of torture in his home country. Both Mohammad and Mahmoud are recording war crimes and collecting evidence, in the hope the guilty will be brought to trial once the war is over.

1/250s, f/4, ISO 1600.

Visit the website of the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling):


© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (2014)

World Refugee Day 2014. A record number of people - over fifty million - is on the run worldwide.

I shot this image for the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling) last month in Jordan. A Syrian girl, who lost her leg during a rocket attack in her hometown, is waiting to be examined in a small clinic in Amman. Dr. Mahmoud, a refugee himself, is trying to comfort her. She will receive an artificial leg soon.

Today in The Hague, Dr. Mahmoud and his Syrian colleague Dr. Mohammad will be awarded the Van Heuven Goedhart-penning 2014 for their amazing work in Jordan.

1/160s, f/4, ISO 4000.

If you like to support the work of Dr. Mahmoud and Dr. Mohammad, and refugees like the little girl in the image, please visit the website of the Netherlands Refugee Foundation:


Mariam is nine years old. She’s blind and has aphasia, which prevents her from speaking and understanding language. She does love to sing without words and she’s good at it. She also loves to dance and jump and spin around. During weekdays, she lives at the deaf-blind department of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan.

1/250s, f/4, ISO 2000.

© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (2014).

Another one from the archives. I shot this one in 2011. A buddhist woman, during her morning prayers at Bodnath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal.

1/125s, f/8, ISO 200.

This image is available through my stock agency Tandem Stills + Motion:


© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by Tandem Stills + Motion.

While browsing through my archives to update my stock collection at Getty Images, I stumbled across some old-fashioned street photography from 2011.

I loved strolling through the alleys of the ancient city of Sanliurfa (also simply called ‘Urfa’) in southeastern Turkey. It’s one of the most conservative cities in the country.

1/320s, f/6.3, ISO 200.

© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by Getty Images (2014).

Rahmeh is ten years old, both deaf and blind, and has been living at the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Jordan since 2009. She is able to walk, but a little support is welcome. She’s learning how to eat by herself and is already able to hold a spoon with food and a plastic mug with milk. While Rahmeh still has a long way to go when it comes to learning most basic skills, she is definitely progressing, thanks to her patient teachers. 

During the time she is awake, Rahmeh makes funny clicking sounds with her tongue and cheeks and she usually sits with her hands pressed against her ears. Those two things seem to reassure her. She also likes to hug and rub the faces of people who are holding her.

Basically she’s just super cute.

1/1000s, f/4, ISO 800.

© Guido Dingemans. Licensed by the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (2014).

Want to sponsor Rahmeh? Visit the HLID’s website:

holyland-deaf.org/uk (English)

holyland-deaf.org/nl (Dutch)

Trust me, your money will be well spent.