Sudan - A Last Hope
By Georgina Goodwin
Sudan was a captive Northern White Rhinoceros at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. He was #lastmanstanding, the last of his kind. He passed away from age related complications in March 2018 leaving 2 female northern white rhinos, the last remaining of the species in the world, his daughters Najin and Fatu. Both sadly unable to breed. Poaching is the main cause of the decline and disappearance of rhinos from the wild. The northern white rhino which once roamed Africa in its thousands, is now in effect extinct.
Named after the country where he was captured at the age of two in 1975, Sudan was taken to live his most of life on the concrete floors of a Czech zoo. He came back to Africa in 2009 to Ol Pejeta for his final years, and has stolen the hearts of many - Leonardo Di Caprio and Elizabeth Hurley1 .Sudan leaves us with his genetic material which scientists will use to try to keep the species alive, and his legacy of dignity and strength. I am so very lucky to have met and photographed this great ambassador for his species. We must remember him for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity.
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Meet The Photographer
As an African visual story teller I feel strongly that this is my duty to make sure that the very real and fast-paced changes that are occurring all around us in Africa today are documented and our voices as Africans are heard all around the world.
- Georgina Goodwin.
Georgina Goodwin is an independent documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador based in Nairobi. Specialising in social issues, women and environment she works regularly for Agence France-Presse AFP and United Nations Agency for Refugees UNHCR, contributes to Getty Images and Everyday Climate Change and is a member of WomenPhotograph, a unique global collection of women visual story-tellers, and African Photojournalism Database, a collaboration of World Press Photo and Everyday Africa. Georgina’s work on refugee children in Tanzania is a finalist series at Siena Photo Awards, her personal work documenting cancer in Africa was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2015 Award for Sustainability and Photography. Both her coverage of Westgate Terror Attack which won Kenyan News Photographer of the Year 2014, and her coverage of the 2007/8 Kenyan post-election violence which was shortlisted for Prix-Bayeux Award 2008 have been widely published.
Georgina’s work has been published by NY Times, Newsweek, Elle Mag, FT, Vogue Italia, BBC, CNN, AFP, Reuters, UN, World Bank and many others, and has been shown in Times Square NYC, Tokyo Japan, The Louvre Paris, San Francisco Public Library, and by Magnum Foundation and #Dysturb at Look3 in Charlottesville, USA. Georgina is a Canon Trainer teaching storytelling workshops around Africa, she also teaches photojournalism workshops for Aga Khan University in Nairobi. She is also one of 19 finalists at TEDx Nairobi 2017 and a speaker at TEDx KakumaCamp June 2018, the first TED talks ever to be held in a refugee camp.
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