German Photo Book Award NOMINATED 2015
ADC 94th Annual Awards BRONZE CUBE

Christiane Breustedt, Kerstin Bücker,
Peter-Matthias Gaede, Jürgen Heraeus 
24 x 30 cm 
296 pages
164 images
English, German
Hardback, french-fold jacket
ISBN 978-3-901753-74-9
Oktober 2014


25 Jahre UN-Kinderrechtskonvention
25 Years UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a good reason to put the topic emphatically into the public focus. UNICEF Germany and GEO – with the support of 45 of the world’s best photographers and Edition Lammerhuber – do exactly that in this joint project. In 35 photographic reports from 15 years, a selection of particularly striking pictures from the UNICEF Photo of the Year competition forms a fervent appeal to respect the rights of the child and to guarantee every girl and boy in the world a childhood in dignity. The volume is edited by Jürgen Heraeus, the Chairman of the German Committee of UNICEF, and Peter-Matthias Gaede, long-serving Editor-in-Chief of GEO. WE THE CHILDREN draws attention to the suffering and hardships, but also to the wishes and dreams of today’s children. WE THE CHILDREN is a book full of hope for a child-oriented world.

The photographers:
GMB Akash, Don Bartletti, Daniel Berehulak, Marcus Bleasdale, Laura Boushnak, Renée C. Byer, Mary F. Calvert, Matías Costa, William Daniels, Chris de Bode, Andrea Diefenbach, Stefan Falke, Hossein Fatemi, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Shiho Fukada, Mariella Furrer, David John Gillanders, Niclas Hammarström, Robin Hammond, Milan Jaroš, Shannon Jensen, Ed Kashi, Younes Khani, Yuri Kozyrev, Thomas Lekfeldt, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, Mauricio Lima, Kai Löffelbein, José Manuel López, Alex Masi, Fernando Moleres, Wolfgang Müller, Mads Nissen, Shehzad Noorani, Finbarr O’Reilly, Alessio Romenzi, Majid Saeedi, Alice Smeets, Hartmut Schwarzbach, Stephanie Sinclair, Jacob Aue Sobol, Mugur Vărzariu, Felicia Webb, Gordon Welters, Patricia Willocq


Christiane Breustedt

graduated in graphic design, used to work on the cover section of der SPIEGEL and in the New York office of stern before becoming Director of Photography at GEO. From 1993 to 2003 she was Editor-in-chief for GEO SAISON, from 2003 to 2008 Editor-in-chief at GEO International, which is published in more than a dozen countries.

Jürgen Heraeus

has been active as Chairman of the German Committee for UNICEF since 2008. He holds a doctorate in business administration. Until the year 2000 he was Head of the Management Board of family-owned Heraeus Holding GmbH, a precious metal and technology corporation active across the world today. Since 2000 Heraeus has served as Chairman of both their Supervisory Board and the Shareholder Committee.

Kerstin Bücker

became Head of the Communications and Children’s Rights Department and Member of the Executive Board of the German Committee for UNICEF in 2010. Prior to that she was Section Head at UNICEF and Senior Consultant in a major communication agency. She engages the wider public with the UNICEF themes through working with journalists and partners, schools, politicians and donors.

Peter-Matthias Gaede

studied social sciences at the University of Göttingen and attended the Henri Nannen School of journalism. He worked at the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper for three years before joining GEO magazine in 1983 as a reporter. From 1994 to 2014 he served as Editor-in-Chief, not just of GEO magazine but also as Editor-in-Chief and Editor of GEO WISSEN, GEOlino, GEO Specials and other GEO spin-offs. Gaede has received, among others, the Theodor Wolff Prize and the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize. He is on the board of the Körber Foundation, Reporters without Borders and, since 2014, UNICEF Germany, as well as being a member of the Akademie für Publizistik.