2005 Contest Winners

2005 Photoshare Photo Contest Winners

Best of Show | Photoshare Image of the Year | Outstanding Photoshare Contributor | Best of Category | Honorable Mention | Contest Judges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2005

Photo from Bangladesh Takes Top Prize at 3rd Annual
Photoshare Photo Contest Sponsored By Hopkins' INFO Project and Canon

 

BALTIMORE - A photo of an 8-year-old girl from the Rayerbazar slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh won 1st Place/Best of Show at the 3rd Annual Photoshare Photo Contest. Syed Ziaul Habib (Roobon) of The Hunger Project-Bangladesh submitted the winning photo in the competition sponsored by The INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's/Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and Canon.

The Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health Project (INFO) is a reproductive health knowledge-sharing resource supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development. INFO's Photoshare service helps international non-profits communicate health and development issues through photography. By facilitating photo sharing among colleagues in international development, Photoshare has become a leading source for editorial development photography. The Photoshare collection, consisting primarily of photos taken by public health professionals in the field, contains thousands of images illustrating the realities of urban and rural life in developing countries, as well as global efforts to improve and save lives.

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the contest drew interest from around the globe, including more than 200 participants who submitted more than 700 photos shot in 84 different countries. 

2005 Photoshare Photo Contest Winners

Best of Show

Selected by an Independent Panel of Judges

 

1st Place

Syed Ziaul Habib (Roobon)

Reshma Akhter, an 8-year-old from the Rayerbazar slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, breaks through the ribbon during a race. She is one of 150 students attending the Gana Unnayan Pathshala School established by Hunger Project volunteers Shanti Rebaru & Tajima Majumdar in July 2003. Investing in women and girls is an essential component to economic development and building strong communities. In recognition of this, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh celebrates September 30th every year as National Girl Child Day.

Judges' Comment: This is, quite simply, a magical photo, a moment of limitless joy and abandonment frozen against the backdrop of struggle and hardship that is urban life in many developing nations. This photo breaks all barriers of communication and celebrates the kid in all of us.

 

 

2nd Place

Paul Jeffrey

Students from the Isabel Thoburn College perform a puppet show on HIV/AIDS in a rural village outside Lucknow, India.

Judges' Comment: This photo brings the viewer into the shot by giving us an over-the-shoulder view of the children watching the puppet show - the same children who are soon to be most at risk from the global AIDS pandemic, reminding us that education is crucial to protecting future generations from the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

 

 

3rd Place

Todd Shapera

Tsunami survivors wait in line for breakfast at a camp for Hindu Tsunami survivors at a school in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, a Tamil region.

Judges' Comment: This photo illustrates a photojournalistic vantage point and brings the viewer closer to the proximity of the story. It takes us to a place away from the destruction and closer to where aid is being provided -  a much needed image in the sea of devastating photos from this disaster.

 


Photoshare Image of the Year

Selected by Photoshare Staff

 

 

Abel Mambwe Chibu

A woman sells red ribbons along Chacha Cha road in Lusaka, Zambia, promoting a campaign to fight stigmatization of HIV/AIDS. "If you are not infected, then you are affected," is a common slogan for HIV/AIDS.

Photoshare Staff Comments: Shot in a public, urban setting, this intimate portrait of one woman’s contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS illustrates a subject of global importance, as well as one of the most requested Photoshare topics. Since inclusion in Photoshare, Chibu’s photo has been requested seven times by a variety of international organizations. The strong sense of foreground and background in this colorful, well-composed photo provides insight into stigma as a major obstacle to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Zambia.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Outstanding Photoshare Contributor

Selected by Photoshare Staff

 

 

Felix Masi

Photoshare Staff Comments: Kenyan-born photojournalist Felix Masi is the perfect example of a Photoshare contributor dedicated to communicating health and development issues through photography. "I want to use my pictures to help my people until AIDS and poverty become history," says Masi. When he discovered Photoshare on the internet, he not only promptly sent in a sample of his work, but also arranged to meet Photoshare staff twice in person during a very busy Fulbright tour of the
United States. During our meetings with Masi, when he shared hundreds of his photos taken throughout his career, we were very moved by his generosity, bright spirit, and life story. In working alongside internationally renowned photojournalists in
Africa and
Europe, Masi once found himself left behind in the digital divide. Realizing that his fellow European photojournalists had “gone digital,” Masi said, "it was a bit intimidating, but I was not cowed by their fast and silent machines." It is an honor to support Masi’s passion for photography and genuine concern for public health issues with this award.

 

 
 

 

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Best of Category

Selected by an Independent Panel of Judges

 

 

Family Planning & Reproductive Health

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Ziyad Jaza'a

A woman lives with her husband in the debris of the Iraqi government's buildings. The chaos of the war was a reason for this place to be vacant to deliver her baby in, and she is wondering how she will provide a suitable life for her child.

Judges’ Comment: This is a great photo. The viewer is not aware of the photographer’s presence yet we are able to ponder the stress of this mother’s future in a quiet moment. It is an important photograph because it reminds us of simple things we take for granted. It is effective in stripping away the politics of war and brings us closer to universal sentiments of life and hope.

 

 

HIV/AIDS

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Paul Jeffrey

Students from the Isabel Thoburn College perform a puppet show on HIV/AIDS in a rural village outside Lucknow, India.

Judges' Comment: This photo brings the viewer into the shot by giving us an over-the-shoulder view of the children watching the puppet show - the same children who are soon to be most at risk from the global AIDS pandemic, reminding us that education is crucial to protecting future generations from the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

 

 

Environment

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Nina Subramani

A boy looks on while his sister pumps drinking water from the banks of the Yamuna river in New Delhi, India. Once revered as a holy river, the Yamuna today is little more than a drain, with an ecoli count that is more than one hundred times the permissible limit. Hundreds of children live with their families along its banks and depend directly on the river for all their needs.

Judges’ Comment: This photo strikes at the heart of a globally important environmental issue, that of water, and the critical importance of a clean environment in providing access to clean and healthy drinking sources.

 

 

Agricultural & Economic Development

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Isabelle Walhin

An elderly man in the Muramvya province of Burundi collects tea leaves in the Tesa plantations. Tea is the green gem of Burundi.

Judges’ Comment: An excellent photo technically and esthetically. It captures a scenario that is life for millions on the planet who grow our food and care for the land.

 

 

 

Democracy & Governance

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April Thompson

Members of the Mano River Women's Peace Network in Guinea, a grasswork network of women's peace activists, wait to greet the Mano River heads of state at a summit held in May 2004. The organization, winner of the UN Human Rights prize, works in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to promote women's roles in the peace process.

Judges’ Comment: This photo is important because it examines a common condition of global social and political struggle in a way that is not often reported in mainstream media. It reminds us that the price for democracy is action and organization.

 

 

Humanitarian Assistance

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Todd Shapera

Tsunami survivors wait in line for breakfast at a camp for Hindu Tsunami survivors at a school in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, a Tamil region.

Judges' Comment: This photo illustrates a photojournalistic vantage point and brings the viewer closer to the proximity of the story. It takes us to a place away from the destruction and closer to where aid is being provided -  a much needed image in the sea of devastating photos from this disaster.

 

 

 

Global Health

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Geoffrey Cowley

Dr. Shyam Sundar, an infectious-disease specialist in India’s Bihar state, checks rural children for signs of kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis), a resurgent parasitic disease that kills 200,000 people a year worldwide. The infection, spread by tiny, biting sand flies, is invariably fatal without treatment. Sundar runs a small, charitable kala azar hospital in the district capital of Muzaffarpur.

Judges’ Comment: This photo of a doctor checking children in a rural Indian village captures much of what health means for millions around the world today, where women are the primary guardians of health for their families and where access to doctors or clinics in impoverished rural areas is difficult for many, but critical to all.

 

 

Human Interest

Syed Ziaul Habib (Roobon)

Reshma Akhter, an 8-year-old from the Rayerbazar slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh, breaks through the ribbon during a race. She is one of 150 students attending the Gana Unnayan Pathshala School established by Hunger Project volunteers Shanti Rebaru & Tajima Majumdar in July 2003. Investing in women and girls is an essential component to economic development and building strong communities. In recognition of this, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh celebrates September 30th every year as National Girl Child Day.

Judges' Comment: This is, quite simply, a magical photo, a moment of limitless joy and abandonment frozen against the backdrop of struggle and hardship that is urban life in many developing nations. This photo breaks all barriers of communication and celebrates the kid in all of us.

 


Honorable Mention

Selected by Photoshare Staff

 

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Ed Scholl

Students at a school in Ethiopia respond to questions about reproductive health from a peer educator.  

 

 

HIV/AIDS

Pradeep Tewari

A volunteer of the Yuva Sankalp Foundation attends an AIDS awareness drive in Sector-17, Chandigarh, India.

 

 

Environment

Rachel Hoy

Community development agent Pauline constructs an improved cookstove during a Peace Corps training in Nassarao, North Province, Cameroon.  Made of locally-found materials - clay, dung, and straw - and inexpensively produced,  an improved cookstove, or "foyer amélioré", uses significantly less firewood which results in numerous benefits to the family and community: a reduced workload for the women and girls in collecting firewood; protection of the environment against deforestation and desertification; faster cooktime due to the stove's concentrated heat; and improved family health because the foyer amélioré emits less smoke than a traditional stove made by balancing pots on 3 stones.

 

 

Agricultural and Economic Development

Harimawan Latif

Workers inspect a rice terrace in Ubud Bali, Indonesia. Traditional Balinese irrigation is called "Subak," meaning mutual assistance in water distribution for rice fields.

 

 

Democracy and Governance

Khalid Mahmood Raja

An elderly women casts her vote during local government elections in 2005 in Rawalpindi City District, Pakistan.              

 

 

Humanitarian Assistance

Emmanuel Esaba Akpo

Hassan John distributes consultation cards to patients during a free medical mission outreach in Ogidi, Nigeria. There are many sick patients in Africa who cannot afford the cost of medical bills. Note how desperate the patients are in trying to get a card without which they cannot be seen. Some of them spend 3-4 days without getting a card.

 

 

Global Health

Alexander Campbell

A woman at a clinic in Zambia, with her child at her side, speaks about the travails of waiting in the queue for clinical service.

 

 

Human Interest

Felicity Thompson

A female student at Makambako Secondary in Southern Tanzania reads about violence against girls during a youth festival organized by ActionAid.

 


 

Contest Judges

Entries were judged on the basis of content and quality by an independent panel of volunteer judges. Richard Fitoussi, Sammy Ndwiga, and David Snyder generously volunteered their time to serve on the international panel of judges. Fitoussi, a photojournalist, is head of the Cambodian Land Museum Relief Fund. Ndwiga is a freelance photographer and videographer in Kenya. Snyder is a writer for Catholic Relief Services in Africa.