Antti Yrjönen is a Helsinki-based photojournalist with a focus on news, politics and sports.
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Goalkeeper Anna Koivunen of HJK in the fog. HJK faced TiPS at the Myyrmäki football stadium on October 30, 2020. HJK lost the match played in middle of a thick fog, scoring 0–3. Tikkurilan Palloseura rose to the top of the National League.
In year 2015, 32,477 people came to Finland to seek asylum. Where are they now? Hasan Al-Karkhi, 14, poses for a photo in an indoor football hall in Helsinki, Finland on November 22, 2020 before a scrimmage. Al-Karkhi, from Iraq, arrived in Finland with his father at the age of nine in 2015. When the family received a negative asylum decision, his father decided to return to Iraq. Hasan was instead taken into care and stayed in Finland. Hasan Al-Karkhi eventually obtained a residence permit on the basis of subsidiary protection. Wed Al-Asadi, 30, from Iraq, poses for a photo in the backyard of his home in Pohja, Raseborg, Finland on Novermber 10, 2020. Wed Al-Asadi is a former sergeant in the Iraqi army who became a chef in Finland. He has applied for asylum three times, in vain. Al-Asadi was able to support himself with his work until the authorities denied him to work. He is now one of the paperless.
People kick the ball on a hot summer day at Hietaniemi beach in Helsinki on June 20, 2020.
News photo of the year 2018 | Finnish MP Teuvo Hakkarainen lying in the bed of his so-called sauna apartment in Helsinki on September 1, 2018. Hakkarainen's housing arrangement made national headlines after the Finnish tabloid Iltalehti reported that he and another MP had been claiming elevated housing allowances for a sauna they had rented in the basement of an apartment building. Finnish MPs receive compensation for expenses depending on where they live and whether they have a second home in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
News photo of the year 2019 | Resigned Finnish PM Antti Rinne listens to president Sauli Niinistö’s speech as the resigned government of Finland pays a complimentary visit to the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on December 10, 2019. Finland’s centre-left coalition government collapsed less than six months into office after the Centre Party chairwoman Katri Kulmuni announced her party, a member of the ruling coalition, no longer supported the Social Democratic leader following the way he handled a labour market dispute involving the state-owned postal service Posti. Next to Kulmuni stands foreign minister Pekka Haavisto, who at the time was embroiled in a dispute with staff, politicians and the media over the Al-Hol refugee camp.
Liechtenstein midfielder Michele Polverino makes a sliding tackle on Finland’s Teemu Pukki during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between Finland and Liechtenstein in Helsinki, Finland on November 15, 2019. The 3–0 defeat of Liechtenstein ensured that Finland will be at Euro 2020. The team reaches the finals of a tournament for the first time in the country’s history. Pukki has been imperious to end 81 years of hurt for the Finns and is among the Euro 2020 top five scorers after Finland concluded the qualifying campaign.
Cinematographer Marita Hällfors at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby in Helsinki on January 30, 2019. Hällfors received the Apollo Lifetime Award at the DocPoint Documentary Film Festival for special achievements in the field of Finnish documentary filmmaking.
Finland won its third title of the ice hockey world championships after defeating Canada 3–1 on May 26, 2019. 10,000 people took it to the streets of Helsinki to celebrate. In Helsinki’s Market Square fans waved flags and, as per tradition, jumped into the fountain and climbed over the 111-year-old Havis Amanda statue. Surrounding streets were blocked as cars honked their horns and passengers waved flags out the windows.
Mikko Vihtanen during a district court hearing in Lahti, Finland on June 27, 2019. This was the first public appearance of Vihtanen, who was dubbed “Teräsvaari” (Steel Grandfather) by the media after the 81-year-old used a gun to defend himself against a masked housebreaker. The court agreed he had the right to use the firearm in self-defence.
Ajak Majok, the communications coordinator for the Youth Mental Health Association Yeesi, sits in front of the Finlandia Hall on August 12, 2019. Majok moved from Sudan to Finland when she was 4 years old. For her Finland is the homeland, even though some Finns still find it hard to get a grasp of that. In her work she can use her own history and experiences living on the discomfort zone.