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John Perkins, 29, English

Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism
Exhibitions – London College of Printing
Published Work: Independent on Sunday, British Journal of Photography
Alexia Foundation award of excellence 01
NPPA Best Sports Picture Story 02
Represented by French picture agency Sipa

Why Palestine?
I've been going for a while, and really like the place and the people.

How good were the players?
Very good. Most have played matches outside Palestine against professional clubs. One problem they have is because they've been practicing so long on concrete, they misjudge the speed of the ball when they get to play on grass -there's only two grass pitches in the West Bank, and getting to them is usually impossible.

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