TECH FrAmes Per seCoND
Both Photos © ilvy njiokiktjien and elles van gelder
A CoNtroversiAl story,
in creating their award-winning multimedia piece, a photographer-writer team found the best way
to tell a difficult story was to let the subjects speak for themselves. By Holly stuart Hughes
© elles van gelder
With their first foray into multimedia, photographer ilvy njiokiktjien and Writer and
radio journalist elles van gelder won first place in both the 2012 World press photo multimedia
Contest and the pictures of the year international issue reporting multimedia story category.
their multimedia piece, “afrikaner Blood,” mixes video and still photos to show how a group of
teenaged afrikaners, young south africans of dutch and german descent, are transformed over
the course of a nine-day boot camp organized by the white supremacist group kommandokorps.
van gelder, who lives in johannesburg, and njiokiktjien, who is based in utrecht, the
netherlands, first learned about kommandokorps in april 2010 while covering the memorial ser-
vice for an extreme-right leader. they were surprised to see several men at the ceremony wearing
the old army uniforms of the former apartheid regime. njiokiktjien approached one of the men,
franz jooste, who explained he is a “colonel” in the kommandokorps and conducts camps for a
new generation of afrikaners. “he said it was to teach them self-defense and to teach them to be
proud to be white. he got my interest,” she recalls. after months of e-mail exchanges and skype
calls, jooste agreed to let njiokiktjien and van gelder attend a nine-day camp.
the pair had previously collaborated on stories from africa, with van gelder writing text and
njiokiktjien shooting photos. But with the kommandokorps camp, they felt they had a subject