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National Geographic: 2021 The year in pictures
victoria razo
Dec 9, 2021
I’m so honored to be included in the photos of the year 2021 of National Geographic and have my work shown alongside people that I have admired since I was in college learning to use a camera. Back then I had just decided to choose the path of photojournalism, and now I'm here, being part of this incredible publication. I continually thank my editors and curators for believing in me.

My photo captures a very painful, horrible moment that shows that in 2021 we are still witnessing these acts of xenophobia and racism. Thanks to the power of photography, I have understood that all of our effort in the field documenting these injustices can achieve important changes. After these pictures were published, the United States government suspended these immigration officers on horseback who tried prevent the migratory flow in a humiliating way.

Today there is an investigation underway by the CBP, and the U.S. special envoy for Haiti said he wanted to resign because of the inhumane treatment that was seen in these images. We don’t always get to photograph beautiful things, and sometimes I get depressed for witnessing these type of acts, but all that happened after these photos were published inspires me to keep photographing because our work is extremely necessary.
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Victoria Razo

Victoria Razo is an award-winning photographer working on Human Rights, gender, migration, and environmental stories.
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