Best Work by an Emerging Photographer | Winner

Lisa Marie Asubonteng

Berlin / DE

The Holy Women


"That day it was raining and my mother went to a funeral. I stayed at home and the lights went out. It was dark and I locked myself in my room to sleep. Suddenly I heard someone entering my room. He grabbed me and raped me. I screamed for help at the top of my lungs, but there was no one around to hear me." Sexual and physical violence is still a taboo subject in Ghana today. A sense of fear and a lack of financial support lurk, what's behind society's hushed conversations. "Wo hu adea fa wa ni hw3, mfa wa no nka- Nyansa Adwene"
See no evil. Hear no evil. Say no evil. The principles of the three wise monkeys. This attitude is deeply rooted in Ghanaian society. "The Holy Women" is a series of portraits that address the issue of violence against women and girls in Ghana. Sexual and physical violence is still a taboo subject in Ghana today.


Lisa Marie Asubonteng is a Ghanaian-German photographer based in Berlin Germany. Asubonteng means the raging river that feeds all the organisms in the world. In her work, she emphasizes the representation of underrepresented faces and unique emotions in fashion. The themes of identity and tradition are central to her work. Photographing emotional moments and giving voice to stories is what she strives to do with her work.

Lisa Marie grew up in Stuttgart, a city in the south of Germany. Photography has always been a passion of hers, thanks to her mother who introduced her to the camera. In her childhood, she was captured many times by her mother, who enjoys capturing memories. After taking a photography course in high school in 2017, Lisa Marie developed a love for photography.

After she graduated from high school, she moved to Berlin to study at the Berlin College of Applied Science. She realized she wanted to become a photographer in her second semester of communications design.