Mugur’s images have been published by prestigious international magazines. He exhibited for UNHCR, marking the WRD and the 60th Anniversary of UNHCR and his work was screened at Visa Pour l’Image in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
- iReport CNN award 2010
- Honorable Mentions’ distinction – UNICEF ‘Photo of the Year’ 2011.
- Excelency Award for Social Activism - National Agency for Roma people
- POY’i 2013 - third place ‘Portrait’ cathegory
- Selected to be a part of Canon Ambassadors Program as an Explorer
- World Vision ambassador
He is especially attached to the Roma people’s cause and he hopes that one day, his work, from images to public speeches and presentations will help end the plight of this extremely chalanged ethnic group. He is also active as a public speaker on human rights issues and social implication through photography (Barcelona, Bucharest, Brussels). Mugur, as a true advocate of change, hopes his images will highlight important human issues and persuade the viewers to step in and offer practical help to those in need. To Mugur, making a practical difference for the better for those in need through his pictures is the main target, the highest and only truly meaningful reward for his work.
As a result of his direct actions, hundreds of Roma people today still have a home or they were given alternative housing after being forcibly evicted by abusing authorities.
“We claim we want to help when all we do is to run from one story to another. I say, let’s be redundant for a while and stay on the stories next to us until we really start seeing improvements. There are many stories that need our long term commitment. I choose to tell the story of the Roma people for it’s a story more relevant today in Europe than it ever was. Respecting the rights of the Roma people is something each of us can help others do. It’s not easy and it involves Romanians and Europeans alike”.