EPUK Editorial Photographers United Kingdom and Ireland. The private mailing list and public resource for editorial photographers

School life in Mannar – Michael Hughes, 2007

29 May 2008

I was on assignment with UNICEF in Sri Lanka, working on a project titled Emergency Education, which looked at how children in conflict areas receive education and is to be exhibited in New York.

Mannar, in the North of Sri Lanka, was the scene of heavy fighting. The schools in the area function as IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps, because it is not safe for people to live at home. This picture illustrates everyday life in these IDP camps. A young schoolgirl walks to her class passing an internally displaced mother and children asleep on the floor outside a classroom. Another school pupil looks on from inside the classroom.

Michael Hughes studied photography at the College of Building and Printing in Glasgow, then spent the next two years assisting advertising and editorial photographers. Realising that he was looking for something with more spontaneity, he spent the next few years working for press agencies and newspapers, his work being published daily in the national press.

In 2007 he left for Sri Lanka where he worked as a freelance photographer for NGO’s, news agencies, and travel magazines.

He has now moved back to Edinburgh.


Photographer since 2001, EPUK member since 2007.

See more work by Michael Hughes

EPUK is discussing:

Copyright infringements and how to manage them DACS Payback'Crafted in Britain' by Rob Scott Photographing in public places - where/when/is it allowed?

What is EPUK?

EPUK is an email group for professional editorial photographers who want to talk business. We don’t do techie stuff or in-crowd gossip. We don’t talk cameras or computers. What we talk about are the nuts and bolts of being in business - like copyright, licensing, fees and insurance.

Donate to EPUK

EPUK is run on a not-for-profit basis, funded solely by advertising, donations and hosting other lists. You can make a donation to EPUK through Paypal here:

Donate Now with PayPal

Site content is © original authors. To reproduce any content on this website, contact editor@epuk.org who will put you in touch with the copyright holder. You can read our privacy policy. Any advice given on this site is not intended to replace professional advice, and EPUK and its authors accept no liability for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions. EPUK is not responsible for third party content, such as epuk.org adverts, other websites linked to from epuk.org, or comments added to articles by visitors.