Lost rights, found justice? was a photography competition and exhibition project launched in 2017 that aimed to increase public understanding of the rights and situation of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers through creative visual and legal tools, organised jointly by the Human Rights Consortium and the Refugee Law Initiative as part of the Being Human Festival. We invited submissions of photos that tell the stories of the people who have left their countries with a hope for a better future.


Exhibition first prize was awarded to Domitila Modesti, an Argentinian photographer, born and raised in Nigeria for her photo series taken in Durumi IDP settlement, Abuja, Nigeria. 

Exhibition second prize was awarded to Doruk Seymen a photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey, for his photo titled 'Portrait of Syrian Abdal Women', taken in Gaziantep, Turkey. 

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has been awarded Honorable Mention Award by the jury for his photos on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. 

Special Prize 50% MA Fee Waiver: The photographers who have been shortlisted will be invited to apply for a special scholarship to undertake an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights or an MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.