In 2012 extreme weather conditions brought the Bulgarian transport system to a near standstill, heavy snow storms and record-low temperatures have blocked many regions in the country, as well in the entire European region. The temperatures dropped to around minus 20 Celsius, officials have appealed to people to stay indoors and be careful. Police searched for homeless to make sure they didn't freeze to death.
The exceptionally cold weather and snowstorms that hit Europe in February 2012, caused traffic chaos, road closures, straining emergency services, grounding flights and pushing the death toll past 300 people and left entire villages cut off. I have documented this event in my series 'Freezing countries' capturing the distant stares of passengers frozen behind frosted windows in my native Bulgaria.
The pictures from this series were published in Reporters Without Borders annual book in the end of 2012.
They were awarded PDN's 2013 Photo Annual Award in Photojournalism/Sport/Documentary category.