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It’s two weeks since the Haiyan hit the Philippines. Bodies of thousands of victims have yet to be retrieved. Many are trapped under the remains of their homes and cars, others have washed up onto the banks of the sea. In some areas, they lie untouched by the side of the road. Haiyan now rivals a 1976 tsunami on the southern island of Mindanao as the deadliest recorded natural disaster to strike the Philippines, which endures a never-ending battle against typhoons, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions.

The country’s National Disaster Agency says that 5,235 people are now known to have lost their lives, with many more still missing. Many believe that number will climb far higher as victims continue to be pulled from the wreckage, and more than 1,613 people are missing across the affected region.
Haiyan was one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. Winds of up to 270km/h hit the central Philippines when it made landfall on 8 November. Parts of low-lying islands were completely flattened and over a million houses were damaged.

As many as 100 bodies are still being recovered each day in Tacloban alone. Rows of black body bags lie symmetrically along the road, waiting to be picked up and buried. A short drive from the centre of the city are the remains of a cemetery, which has been damaged by the storm. At the moment it´s full. The rest of the bodies will be transferred to the new one nearby. In this area alone, three new cemeteries have been built to accommodate the countless victims.
While many people are tasked with ensuring dignity for the dead, others are trying to make sure aid reaches those who survived.

The typhoon has triggered a giant, international relief effort, with dozens of countries and relief organizations rushing to deliver food, water and health services to more than four million people who lost their homes. The UN believes a total of 12.9 million people directly affected by the storm in 37 provinces, including Tacloban. 1.5 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition and close to 800,000 pregnant and nursing mothers need nutritional help, according to a UN spokesman.
Relief efforts are now reaching the more remote islands and are spread to the city of Tacloban, where earlier efforts were hampered by lack of fuel and transport, blocked roads and security fears. The slow pace of aid reaching its recipients in Tacloban City is also due in part to the fact that the human toll includes many of those who would have been working to distribute it and debris along the streets have yet to be cleared, giving international agencies a difficult time delivering relief goods.

A UN appeal for funds was raised from US$301 million to US$348 million. The World Bank on Friday added US$480 million in emergency aid to the Philippines, taking its support to nearly US$1 billion. The Asian Development Bank has also offered US$500 million concessionary loans.

Shrimp fishermen of Oslo

  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Camera: Nikon D3s

Short story made for DN (Norwegian daily newspaper). Filmed in one day.
Norway has always been a fishing nation and is one of the largest fishing nation in the world.
A long coastline and many fjords, Norway provides good conditions for abundant harvest from the sea.
But times are changing and the number of fishermen currently has reached a historic low.
10,235 people are fishing as their main occupation, while in 1950s there were over 68 000.
In Oslo fjord there are only 16 vessels left. 6 of those are shrimp vessels.
And there is only one girl, Helene (23).

The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon

  • Location: Urique, Mexico
  • Camera: Nikon D3s

It’s said to be one of the worlds most spectacular ultramarathons. The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, also called Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon, is held every February in Urique, Mexico. About 70 foreign ultra-marathoners compete against Tarahumaras in a 80 km long run.

See the short-story about the 80 km long Cabballo Blanco Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, and one of Micah Trues, “Caballo Blanco”, last interviews.
This is the place the book “Born to Run”, by Christopher Mcdougall, is describing. A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Nikon D3s is used to film this short story.

Luca Kleve-Ruud: photo, video and edit (www.fotojournalist.no)
Kjetil Lyche: interviews
Henrik D. Meyer: speaker (norwegian speaker)
Runners camera courtesy of Dan Crockett

 

Parkour & Freerunning (ENGLISH SUBS)

  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Camera: Nikon D3s

This short story is filmed in Oslo, Norway. We follow two traceurs through the Norwegian capital.

The movie is shot with Nikon D3s and two lenses: Nikkor 50 mm (1.4) and Nikkor 28mm (2.8). And the “matrix” shots are made from 17 Nikon cameras (D3s, D3, D700, D300).

Producer/Film/Photo/Editing:
Luca Kleve-Ruud ( fotojournalist.no )

The worlds most spectacular run

  • Location: Urique, Mexico
  • Camera: Nikon D3s

It’s said to be one of the worlds most spectacular ultramarathons. The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, also called Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon, is held every February in Urique, Mexico. About 70 foreign ultra-marathoners compete against Tarahumaras in a 80 km long run.

The race is divided into three loops, respectively 35, 29 and 16 kilometers. For each loop the runners finish they receive gift cards. The cards can be used throughout the area as vouchers to get food. It costs nothing for the Tarahumaras to participate in the race, and Caballo Blanco encourage all foreigners to donate money.
While the Indians are here because of the food, many of the foreigners are here because of the book “Born to run”. A book about the running technique of the Tarahumaras and about the legendary Micah True “Caballo Blanco”.

When I first learned about Tarahumara, I thought, wait a minute, they do not use special equipment, they are not damaged, they run from an early age until they are about 80 – so what makes them so special? They remember that running is a knowledge. The rest of us have made it a commodity, a product, but it is a physical knowledge.

— Micah True Caballo Blanco

It’s the Tarahumara Miguel Lara that wins the race with the incredible time, six hours and 40 minutes (06h 40m), an average speed of 12 kilometers per hour in the mexican heat, up and down the mountain in the wilderness. He wins some 17,000 NOK (3.000 USD), a fortune for a Tarahumara. And he wins food stamps equivalent to a ton of corn.
Daniel Orálek takes the second place, only four minutes behind. German Silva is third, eleven minutes behind the first place. All of the three break the old course record (07h 04m) held by Miguel Lara.

 

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When most things say stop

When most things say stop

  • Location: New York
  • Camera: Canon 5dMk2 + 85mm F1.8 @ 1.8

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About Luca Kleve-Ruud

Luca Kleve-Ruud is a photojournalist based in Oslo, Norway. Text text text

Awards

2013
1. prize – Photojournalism – The Colour Awards- International
3. prize – Sports multimedia – NPPA Best of Photojournalism – International
2012
Gold – Magazine reportage of the year – PIN – Norway
2. prize – Video/Multimedia – Ducumentary – Picture of the year – Norway
2011
Main Prize – Picture of the year – Norway
1. prize – News – Picture of the year – Norway
1. prize – News Reportage – Picture of the year – Norway
1 honorable mention – Photojournalism – Spider Awards – International
2010
1. prize – Photojournalism – Aperture Awards – International
1. prize – News – Picture of the year – Norway
14 honorable mentions – IPA – International
2009
1. prize – Portrait – Picture of the year – Norway
2. prize – Domestic documetary of the year – Norway 

Workshop/Masterclass/other

2014
Member of the jury – Picture of the year – multimedia, Norway.
2012
Member of the council – Institute of Journalism and Media, HiOA (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Norway.
2011
Nikon Ambassadeur Norway
2011
Member of the jury – Picture of the year – multimedia, Norway.
2010
Nominated for Joop Swart (World Press Photo) Masterclass
2008
Nordic Masterclass
2006
Anders Pettersen Workshop

Work experience

2013 –
Staff photographer at Dagens Næringsliv Magazine.
2011 – 2013
Picture- and video editor at Dagens Næringsliv.
2011 – 2011
Freelance photographer at Dagens Næringsliv.
2006 –
Freelance photographer for Save The Children.
2006 –
Freelance photographer for Samfoto/NTB Scanpix
2006 – 2011
Internship and later staff photographer at Dagsavisen
2006 – 2010
Freelancing for several organizations, newspapers, magazines and agencies;
A-magasinet, Bergens Tidende, Red Cross, Unicef,
Amnesty, Det Nye, Snitt, Budstikka, Ny Tid, Plan B, Between, Tønsbergs Blad, Teft Reklamebyrå, Bolt Reklamebyrå.

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