First Place Winner: Julien Chatelin

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Name: Julien Chatelin
Nationality: France
Comment: Born in France in 1968, Julien Chatelin has been a documentary photographer since 1992. Former member of Rapho, he made a career working for major French and international magazines. In parallel Julien Chatelin has been dedicated in producing long-term personal projects.

Between 2004 and 2006 he set forth to create a visual fresco of Israeli society, titled Israel Borderline, which was published in 2008 in a 160-page monograph.

This essay explores through the prism of the young people the diversity and complexity of an increasingly divided society.

This picture was taken in May 2004 and it represents the evacuation of an Illegal outpost near the west bank settlement of Mitzpe Yitzhar. The outpost consisted of a single house, but when settlers were informed about the imminent application of the court order, thousands of ''hill youth'' came from all over the west bank to try to stop the bulldozer from reaching the site. For about six hours the settlers opposed the border police and attempted to stop the bulldozer by lying in front of it. Although the tension was quite high at times, the violence remained contained, as the stakes were merely symbolic. Eventually the brick house was destroyed, and rebuilt the next day

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