All posts tagged: eastern europe

CNN Photos blog: Bachelor Parties in Prague

Bachelor Parties in Prague CNN Photos November 6, 2012 When friends living in Eastern European nations began complaining of noisy, drunken tourists in their historical towns, American photojournalist Amanda Rivkin wanted to dig deeper. In Prague, Czech Republic, Rivkin tagged along for two “stag,” or bachelor, weekends with men from the Netherlands and England celebrating the upcoming marriage of their respective friends. Many of the stag parties hop to different strip clubs set up within a packaged tour. Some of the bars in the city no longer allow stag parties, so they are generally confined to one area of town. It’s a cheap weekend getaway for many Western Europeans. The country’s capital is “one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations,” according to Lonely Planet. Locals appreciate the economic boost, Rivkin said, but they tend to avoid the areas where the stag parties take place. Her friends have told her stories of being assaulted on the streets by groups of drunken men. Rivkin sees Eastern Europe transitioning still from the post-Berlin Wall era, and the stag parties …

Lucie Foundation International Photography Awards 2011 Honorable Mentions

I received three honorable mentions this year at the Lucie International Photography Awards for work in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Hungary, and Chicago. The entries are below with brief descriptions. You will have to scroll down pretty far in the same “Honorable Mention” gallery to find these entries in the environmental, political, photo essay and feature story categories here. From the entry description: Entry Title: “Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline” Name: Amanda Rivkin, United States Category: Professional, Photo Essay and Feature Story The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline traverses three nations, skirts five conflict zones, and covers land held by believers in at least two of the world’s great religions. A major post-Cold War victory for the West that sent one million barrels of oil a day pumping from the oil fields of Azerbaijan with room to expand to transport energy from elsewhere in the Caspian and Central Asian regions, the BTC pipeline – as the project is known – has helped to redefine energy security in the early 21st century. (This work has previously appeared at National Geographic.) — …

From the Archive: Industrialization in Eastern Europe

After an alumina plant spill of a privatized and formerly state-owned company near the Hungarian town of Devecser, north of Lake Balaton, last week, no aftermath assessment of the victims has appeared in the media. Several deaths were reported; the spill seeped into the Danube and officials report the level of contamination to be within safe, potable limits. The head of the company responsible was arrested only to be released quickly there after due to a lack of evidence. This prompted me to return to my visit to a nuclear facility in neighboring Slovakia in Jaslovske Bohunice, near the capitol Bratislava. For a country of just five million people in Central Europe, there are two nuclear facilities which began operation with the assistance of the former Soviet Union that continue to provide a substantial source of power for the country. Ninety-eight percent of oil and gas supplies are delivered at a subsidized rate from nearby Russia through Ukraine. The nuclear facility in Jaslovske Bohunice was in the process of being decommissioned. I was privileged to …