The Olga Havel Foundation Award in the Czech Press Photo competition went to Tomáš Řechtáček

In 2014, a new prize of the prestigious photography competition Czech Press Photo called "My life with disabilities" was created, patronated by the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation. The 2022 prize was awarded to photographer Tomáš Řechtáček for his series of photographs entitled "Treatment of Addictions - Psychiatric Hospital Horní Beřkovice".

The Foundation price "My Life with Disability" is awarded to a photograph or a series of photographs depicting specific conditions in the lives of people with sensory, physical or mental disabilities or people at risk of social exclusion.

"The series from the psychiatric hospital in Horní Beřkovice was created between 2019 and 2022 and is one part of my long-term series OUTSIDE-Life with addiction, dedicated to people struggling with substance addiction, which affects approximately 48,000 people in the Czech Republic alone with drugs and up to 500,000 with alcohol. During the shoot, I always became part of the community in each ward for a few days, listening to dozens of difficult life stories, feeling great waves of enthusiasm from many of these people, but also resignation or unwillingness to step out of their shadows and move on. 

The fact that this particular group won this year's Czech Press Photo Award from the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation is a great honour and joy for me personally, and at the same time this award also belongs to the people of the Horní Beřkovice Hospital, whether it be the staff for their great cooperation or the patients who decided to break free from the trap of addiction," said Tomáš Řechtáček.

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„We wish that the right for dignified life is also enjoyed by those who live with handicap or mental illness, abandoned and old people, those who have a different skin colour or a different way of life, those in poverty or attacked by a malignant disease.“ Olga Havel
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