I made this video short about Adriana Blanco, who runs the legal department of Asylum Access in Quito, Ecuador, for NUFFIC, a Dutch organization that gives scholarships to study in the Netherlands.

NFP — Human rights for refugees in Ecuador

The NFP enabled Adriana Blanco to study International Human Rights at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The Colombian-born human rights lawyer currently works in Ecuador for Asylum Access, an international organisation offering legal assistance to refugees. Adriano runs the legal department of Asylum Access, which supports Colombian refugees.

PAX a Dutch peace organization, last week published the report, The Dark Side of Coal, about human rights abuses surrounding some of the international coal mines in César, in the northeast of Colombia.
I did a series of portraits of victims of their practices, that have been used in the report.

Check out the whole report (PDF) here. Or visit the campaign website (in Dutch).


I had a nice publication in the Dutch daily ‘De Volkskrant’. Maite Hontelé is a Talented Latin Trumpet player from the Netherlands. She lives in Medellín where she has her own band and is extremely popular.

For a special issue of Vice Versa Magazine about women’s rights I did two series of photos, one in Barranca Bermeja an oil town suffering from paramilitary violence in Central Colombia. And in Juba, the capital of the newest country in the world, South Sudan.



I had a publication in Bloomberg Businessweek about gold mining and the use of Mercury in Colombia. I spent three days in Segovia, one of the most well known and most notorious mining towns of the country.









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Hi All


It’s going to be a good weekend for photo and water enthusiasts in France.
Tonight Disputed Waters will have the opening of a big photo exhibition about the Nile River in an old abbey near Le Mans, two hours from Paris.
On Sunday British colleague photographer and river enthusiast Paul Stewart opens an exhibition with his panorama images of the Mekong River in Le Pouliguen on the French Atlantic coast.

LE NIL CONVOITÉ (The desired Nile)
Regards sur un fleuve entre développement et conflits
(View of a river stuck between development and conflict)

A photo exhibition of Célia Pernot and Ronald de Hommel

Abbaye de l’Épau, July 13 – September 16, 2012
Open every day: 9h-12h and 14h-18h

You are invited to the opening today 18.00h
More info on: www.sarthe.com
Address: Route de Changé 72530 Yvré l’Evêque
Tel: 02 43 84 22 29

You can see some of the work already on our site of course:


‘Site Ramsar 999 – Zone Humide du Cambodge’
Photos by Paul Stewart
Gallerie Hasy,
21 Grande Rue,
44510, Le Pouliguen.
The show will run from July 15 until August 31, 2012.
Kick off is at 18.30 hrs on July 15.
An example:


Keep visiting us at www.disputedwaters.com we will have more news in the next months.

With best regards,

Ronald de Hommel, Célia Pernot and the Disputed Waters team

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Today journalist Jeroen Kuiper and photographer Ronald de Hommel launched the Medellin Office, a journalistic multi media production bureau focusing on Latin America.
We are based in Medellin, Colombia.

Working for media in several European countries, we produce stories about Colombia and other Latin American countries from our office in Medellin. Upon request, texts can be delivered in English, Dutch, German and Spanish within 24 hours.
You can contact us for assignments at contact@themedellino­ffice.com

Ronald de Hommel is a Dutch freelance photojournalist. He specializes in global social issues relating to the environment, developing countries and conflict. He is one of the initiators and coordinator of the multimedia project ‘Disputed Waters’ (www.disputedwaters.com). He works for a wide variety of Dutch and international publications and NGO’s. His work is represented by ANP Photo (Netherlands) and www.babel-photo.com (France), He has won several Dutch and international photojournalism awards in recent years.
Website: www.ronalddehommel.com
Archive: http://ronalddehommel.photo­shelter.com/
Contact: ronald@themedellinof­fice.com

Jeroen Kuiper is a Dutch freelance journalist. He focuses on environmental, political and social issues, but has been writing about sports and economy as well. He works among others for the Dutch weekly ‘de Groene Amsterdammer’ and German weekly ‘Freitag’. He regularly contributes to a dozen other magazines, mainly in The Netherlands and Germany. He is part of the international journalists´ team ofwww.disputedwaters.com. He published his first book: ‘Het andere Duitsland‘ (The Other Germany) in 2009.
Website: www.jeroenkuiper.net
Contact: jeroen@themedellinof­fice.com

I recently moved from Paris (France) to Medellin in Colombia. I will be living and working from here for the next years. I will continue with the project Disputed Waters but in my future work I will especially focus on this region. I am initiating several photojournalistic projects here in Colombia.
I will also be available for assignments in Latin America.


Disputed Waters got a special recommendation from the Jury of The Canon Prize for innovative Journalism, (part of ‘the Silver Camera’ contest, the Dutch equivalent of World Press Photo).
…naar het idee van de jury wel voorbeelden van projecten die laten zien wat er mogelijk is als  fotografie, bewegend beeld en geschreven woorden een pact vormen.
De jury hecht aan een speciale vermelding voor DISPUTED WATERS van Ronald de Hommel, Johannes Abeling en Célia Pernot…
In English:
…According to the jury an example of what is possible when photography, moving images and words form a pact together. The jury emphasizes a special mention to DISPUTED WATERS of Ronald de Hommel, Johannes Abeling and Célia Pernot…
Check it for yourself at: http://www.zilverencamera.nl/dynamics/modules/SPUB0102/view.php?pub_Id=187&att_Id=1031 (in Dutch).
Last year Ronald and Johannes won a prize in the Zilveren Camera Photo Contest with a series of Colorado Aerial photos.
Only the names of the photographers are mentioned because it’s a photographer’s prize. But the honor goes to all the makers of Disputed Waters!