2010 Contest Winners

2010 Photoshare World Pneumonia Day Photo Contest Winners

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October, 2010

 Photo by Indonesia Photographer Honored in 1st Annual Photoshare World Pneumonia Day Photography Contest By Hopkins' K4Health and IVAC with Sponsorship from Nikon

Photoshare 2009 Photo Contest

 

BALTIMORE - A striking photograph capturing a touching moment between a mother and her child suffering from pneumonia won 1st Place/Most Outstanding Entry in the 1st Annual 2010 Photoshare World Pneumonia Day Photo Contest. Arie Basuki of Indonesia submitted the winning photo in the competition hosted by Photoshare, a service for Knowledge for Health (K4Health), at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in partnership with the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. Contest prize sponsorship was provided by Nikon USA.

 

The winning image taken in Pangalengan, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia will support Photoshare’s efforts to promote photography as a vital tool in communicating the realities and impact of pneumonia worldwide.  Photoshare offers images free-of-charge for nonprofit educational use. By facilitating photo sharing among public health professionals and photographers Photoshare has become a leading source for editorial health and development photography. The Photoshare collection, consisting primarily of photos taken by in country photographers and 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 over 50 participants who submitted close to 175 hard to obtian photos documenting pneumonia's impact in 22 countries. Images were selected by an independent Panel of Judges, including New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, NBC Today Show news anchor, Ann Curry and Malcolm Linton - a photo and video journalist.

 

Learn more about the collaboration between Photoshare, www.photoshare.org - a service for Knowledge for Health (K4Health), www.k4health.org and the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), www.jhsph.edu/ivac and the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia's World Pneumonia Day, www.worldpneumoniaday.org

 

 


 

2010 Photoshare World Pneumonia Day Photo Contest Winners

Images selected by an independent Panel of Judges, New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, NBC Today Show news anchor, Ann Curry and Malcolm Linton -a photo and video journalist with support from Photoshare and IVAC staff

Most Outstanding Entry 

 

Most Outstanding Entry
Arie Basuki / Indonesia 

A mother accompanies her child after being treated at a health post for an acute upper respiratory tract infection (ARI) in Pangalengan, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. A number of displaced earthquake victims with an average of ARI patients treated in health posts due to lack of tents for refugee assistance. © 2009 Arie Basuki, Courtesy of Photoshare
Judges' Comment: A stunning photo technically and editorially, capturing both love and fear. Powerful picture, balancing the child's illness with the mother's concern. The tenderness is palpable in the closeness of their faces and the mother's hand on the child's head. It is a completely candid shot, as if the mother has forgotten about the camera. There is nothing complex in this image but it is perfect as an expression of love in the face of a killer disease.
PhotoID: 5000-23

 


 
 Best Narrative 

 

Best Narrative
Somenath Mukhopadhyay / India
 

A boy suffering from pneumonia with his nose running and shivering underneath a blanket, sits in a corner of an agricultural farmhouse while his parents work on the farm operations in Jharkhand, India. © 2008 Somenath Mukhopadhyay, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Photograher's Note: This is a close portrait of a boy suffering from Pneumonia. His face is laden with mucus as he has his nose running and he has gone under a blanket shivering. I noticed him waiting in a corner of an agricultural farm house while his parents, both of them daily wage laborers, were busy in the farm operation. When I asked them for a consent to shoot the child, they gladly accepted me on condition that I would bring them a copy of the child's photo. However, I was not aware till then that I was going to take a photograph of a pneumonia patient the first time in my life. When I went close to the child for an intimate portrait, I discovered that he was ill. While I was shooting, his parents went on urging him for a smile. He did not (read couldn't) break a single one. As I asked his parents, I came to know that he was suffering from pneumonia and the doctor in a local health centre had advised them to take him to the nearby town as he would be available only the other day in the next week. This photo is another example of clear absence of health care providers in the interior rural areas.

Judges' Comment: Beautiful photo and narrative.  The colors and framing and also the expression captured all make the viewer feel this boy's suffering.

PhotoID: 5000-39

 


Best of Category
 

 

Africa
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Quique Bassat / Spain
 
Four admitted children lay together in the intensive care unit of Manhica's district hospital in southern Mozambique. A large, metallic oxygen bottle is visible that administers life-saving oxygen to the first child, admitted with a diagnosis of severe pneumonia. © 2006 Quique Bassat_Mozambique, Courtesy of Photoshar

 

Judges’ Comment: A striking and compelling image. Rich and engaging light, detail, and perspective. Captures family planning, and a reminder of rural health workers’ efforts.

PhotoID: 5000-9
 

 

 

Southeast Asia and Western Pacific
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Sudipto Das / India

 

An Indian mother puts her young child under the feet of a possessed man (devotee of Hindu God Shiva) to be healed, following a high fever and a diagnosis of bronchopneumonia in a local health center. Remote tribal people believe in this superstition and continue using the century-old practice. © 2008 Sudipto Das/TOI, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Judges' Comment:Even though the composition is imperfect, the dramatic content makes this a strong journalistic photo. It leaves no doubt about the boy's terror as his mother abandons him to what must seem like ghouls from a nightmare. I have witnessed similar scenes where rituals were used on children and it has always struck me as misguided and potentially damaging. The moment captured here makes the same point. Compositionally, the framing should further to the left to show more of the mother, and the image could afford to lose the figure on the right and the empty space at his feet.

PhotoID: 5000-57

 

 

The Americas and Europe/Central Asia
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Joost Butenop

 

A one-year-old boy weighing only 5 kg, severely malnourished and with severe pneumonia, is identified during a nutrition survey in a remote village in Farayb Province, northern Afghanistan. The survey team provides him with antibiotic treatment and therapeutic feeding. © 2000 Joost Butenop, Courtesy of Photoshare

Judges’ Comment: Well composed image, highlighting a positive initiative and beneficial aspects of renewable energy’s impact on the environment.

 

PhotoID: 5000-17

 

 

 

1st Honors

 

1st Honors (1 of 2)
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Tushar Sharma

A health worker from the State Primary Health Center gives oral vaccinations to children on the local ferry boat traveling between the mainland to the islands of Sunderbans in West Bengal, India. © 2010 Tushar Sharma, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photographer's Notes: "A dedicated lady health worker of the State Primary Health Center is giving oral vaccination to the children present at that time on the local ferry boat plying between mainland to different islands of Sunderbans, West Bengal, India. In this area villages are situated in very remote places from the mainland, the ferry boat is the only mode of transport to reach nearest mainland which is about 30 kms away. While vaccine preventable diseases remain the most common cause of childhood mortality, giving immunization to these rural children of this area remains one of the most difficult task.  This area also faces the trouble for poor density of primary health centers and most of the people are poor and the rural mothers having low immunization knowledge. Among all such hurdles this lady not only gives vaccine to the rural child against vaccine preventable diseases but increasing the knowledge and awareness for better immunization amount poor village people."                                           

 

Judges' Comment: Excellent picture that captures the moment when the girl's mouth is open and gives us the rich visual background of the ferry boat as well. The vaccine box tells us what is happening and the bottle of drinking water lets us know how hot the day is. I feel as if I can hear the voices and smell the river.  

 

Photo ID: 5000-85

 

1st Honors (2 of 2)
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In Madhya Pradesh, India, a mother administers medicine to her newborn. © 2009 Kailash Mittal, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photographer's Notes: In rural India, mostly children below 2 years of age suffer from pneumonia because of unawareness about this disease among the parents and weak immune systems. To avoid this, parents take several measures like consultancy from doctors and parents, especially mothers, cover their children under warm clothes to save child from cold or fever.

 

Judges' Comment: This photo is amazing, capturing a decisive moment. Including the hands in the lower left corner is brilliant. Beautiful light in this shot, a precise moment, and an economical way to tell the story with the hand and medicine bottle.

 

Photo ID: 5000-4  

 
 
 

 
Honorable Mentions
 
Honorable Mention
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Adrian Brooks

 

A nurse vaccinates a four-month-old baby outside her home near the remote village of San Pablo near Murra in the Nueva Segovia state of Nicaragua on the northern border with Honduras. © 2008 Adrian Brooks/Imagewise, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Photographer's Notes: "Looking on is the mother Rosa Rizo holding Olga and extended family with her daughter Maricela Salgado Rizo, 5 centre in blue who has survived one bout of Pneumonia. Pneumonia is the biggest killer of children under five in Nicaragua."

Judges’ Comment: Superb picture. Combines a moment in the nurse's day with a panoramic view of the landscape and a sense of the intimacy that exists between the people who live there. Many medical images are sad or shocking but this one is wonderfully optimistic, with health care helping bring together this remote peasant community. Aside of that, it's a beautiful composition, with all the elements balanced around the main action, yet nothing seems contrived or posed.

 

PhotoID: 5000-150

 
 

 

Honorable Mention
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Gabrielle Elkaim

 

Orphans at Ethandweni Children's Home is the Matopo area outside of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, run as the bell rings, indicating wash-time before their evening meal. Carol, an HIV+ child who was found months before, malnourished, unresponsive, covered in flies and scabs, glances back with interest. © 2009 Gabrielle Elkaim, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Judges’ Comment: Lovely editorially and technically, offering hope

 

PhotoID: 5000-123

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Mark Brunner

 

Local children from the Missis Compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. © 2006 Mark Brunner, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Judges’ Comment: Engaging and hopefull look at village life.

PhotoID: 5000-106
 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Joost Butenop

 

A small, malnourished boy is admitted to the therapeutic feeding center in Luena, Angola, with a combination of acute malnutrition, malaria and pneumonia. He is treated with a cocktail of drugs following a standard therapeutic and supplementarary feeding programmes. Due to the cold nights of the dry season in Luena, Moxico province, a third of the small patients in the theraputic feeding center contract pneumonia. © 2001 Joost Butenop, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Judges’ Comment: A really haunting shot of chronic illness and hunger. Together the huge eyes and skinny arm are a powerful expression of suffering and need. Better composition might shift the framing a little to the left.

 

PhotoID: 5000-16

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Samuel Hadera

 

A five-year-old child with severe pneumonia is in distress eight hours after admission in the busy Tikur Anbesa Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His respiratory rate is 88 breaths per minute. © 2009 Samuel Hadera, Courtesy of Photoshare

 

Judges’ Comment: This photo tells a story, capturing the fragility of a boy's life. Illustrates well the rudimentary hospital conditions and draws us into the human situation by showing the man at the bedside. Visually, the three important elements are the man, the boy and the oxygen cylinder. The composition would be better if the photographer had been lower and further to the right to show more of the man and the cylinder top and less of the empty wall.

 

PhotoID: 5000-111

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Claudia Turner

 

An infant born at Maela refugee camp on the Thai Myanmar border, struggles for survival after developing pneumonia at a very early age. © 2009 Claudia Turner, Courtesy of Photoshare

Photographer's Notes: After receiving  treatment and dedicated care from staff and her family, she is now a happy and healthy 6 month old.

 

Judges’ Comment: Powerful photo.  You make the viewer see the victim with compassion

PhotoID: 5000-108
 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Danilo O. Victoriano Jr.

A mother in the Philippines breastfeeds her young child. Breastfeeding provides high immunity protection against pneumonia and many other diseases. © 2010 Danilo O. Victoriano Jr., Courtesy of Photoshare

Judges’ Comment: Great use of ambient light to capture the intimacy of the scene. Auto-flash would destroy the mood entirely. The lesson here is that you almost always get a better photo if you turn the flash off.

PhotoID: 5000-46

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
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Amber Willier

A young boy takes a breathing treatment after his first bout with pneumonia in southeast New Mexico, United States of America. He needs breathing treatments when he starts coughing and has drainage to try to prevent it from settling in his lungs and resulting in pneumonia again. © 2010 Amber Willier, Courtesy of Photoshare

Judges’ Comment: A technically beautiful photo capturing a reality with intimacy

PhotoID: 5000-6

 

 

 
Honorable Mention
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Espinosa Torres

 

Young boys in a poor village of Mexico. © 2010 Juan Espinosa Torres, Courtesy of Photoshare

Judges’ Comment: Nicely framed, but it is the boy's expression that says everything. The ramshackle huts, rubbish and parched earth seem to mirror the hopelessness behind the eyes of the boy in the foreground. It is a finely composed, emotional image that conveys a sense of despair that people have to live in such poverty. What is not clear is the connection this photo has to pneumonia.

 

PhotoID: 5000-93


 
 

Hornonable Mention / Exhibit Features
 
 

Judges

Contest winners were evaluated based on topic relevancy and technical execution, selected by an expert panel of three judges including:

  • two-time Pulitzer prize winning jourliast and New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof,
  • Ann Curry, NBC Today Show news anchor, 
  • Malcolm Linton - a photo and video journalist, http://malcolmlinton.com