A photo of a young child surrounded by men dressed in bondage gear has won an award after being sent to a Pride contest in Holland, according to the Post Millennial.
The photograph was taken by Jan van Breda, and features a young girl surrounded by a group of men wearing black back harnesses on the upper half of their bodies and black leather shorts whilst she plays on her swing set. According to the Post Millennial, a woman believed to be the child’s mother had invited the men into her home to change into their bondage outfits. The competition into which the photo was entered asked for pictures of the “most iconic, meaningful and aesthetic photos for 25 years of Pride Amsterdam.”
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A select panel then whittled the 13,000 total submitted photos that hung throughout Amsterdam’s Vondelpark as part of an exhibition called “Celebrating Diversity” down to just 50. The photo won the award for being the “most aesthetic” and “iconic”, with the panel commenting that “This photo, in its composition – child in the foreground, men preparing for Canal Parade in the background, everyone busy with their own activities and fascinations-sublimely depicts what will hopefully remain self-evident: that we, unhampered by prejudices, and almost unsuspectingly, all may and can exist side by side.”
These were photos displayed in the park between July 21st to Aug 10th, two days after Pride Amsterdam had ended, with events including film screenings, street parties, stand-up comedy and drag shows. The director of Pride Amsterdam, described the exhibition “Celebrating Diversity” as a representation of all people, telling a reporter that “For me, this exhibition means a lot of freedom. The entire community is represented. Young, old, trans, colored, party, depth, struggle, it has everything. That is what Pride is. Pride is more than the faces people see on the outside.”