Ortega’s Nicaragua by Emanuele Giovagnoli

Editor Carrie Ivy, Photography, June 28th, 2017

"...deteriorated respect of human rights and freedom of press..."

Ortega's Nicaragua Photography Nailed Magazine


A photo essay by Emanuele Giovagnoli.

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January 2017 marked the beginning of the 3rd consecutive term as President of Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega, a former Sandinista rebel fighter who took part in the Sandinista Revolution in 1979 to overthrow more than 40 years of the Somoza family dictatorship. His wife, Rosario Murillo, was nominated Vice President of Nicaragua.

Re-elected with 72% of the votes in the most one-sided election in Nicaragua since the overthrown Somoza dictatorship, Ortega won the election thanks to his popular social programs and the lack of obvious political challengers in a campaign criticized by the media for its lack of transparency. Although Nicaragua struggled to recover from the devastation caused by the civil war of the 1980s, in the past decade the durability of the country’s democracy has helped its little economy to grow significantly.

Being the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti, Nicaragua is considered one of the safest and fastest-growing countries of all Latin America, thanks to a boom in the tourism industry as well as a significant increase in traditional production, e.g. coffee, meat, sugar, and seafood exports.

Economic progress in recent years and the country’s relative safety have not precluded Ortega’s opposition to protesting against his administration, which is accused of the deteriorated respect of human rights and freedom of press in the country. Although Nicaragua’ economy improved thanks to the stability of its government, there is general fear that the country could be heading towards a family dynasty dictatorship once again.

These images represent a glimpse into the daily lives of Nicaragua’s inhabitants during this period of political stability.

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Emanuele Giovagnoli Photography Nailed MagazineEmanuele Giovagnoli is a documentary photographer based in the East End of London. He graduated in Photojournalism in 2015 from the London College of Communication of the University of the Arts of London. His photo essay “Black Gold” in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, a story focus on the legacy of oil exploration on the people and environment of the Ecuadorian Amazon recently published by Environment, was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Moscow International Photo Awards 2016. In June 2016, one image from “Black Gold in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest” was selected as a finalist at the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016.


Carrie Ivy

Carrie Ivy (formerly Carrie Seitzinger) is Editor-in-Cheif and Co-Publisher of NAILED. She is the author of the book, Fall Ill Medicine, which was named a 2013 Finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Ivy is also Co-Publisher of Small Doggies Press.