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2018 Photoshare Photo Contest Winners

Portrait from Bangladesh Honored in the 2018 Annual Photoshare Photo Contest 


Baltimore, MD USA -  Sandipani Chattopadhyay’s captivating black and white portrait of a child laborer taken in a shipyard in Bangladesh wins Best of Show in the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project’s 2018 Annual Photoshare Photo Contest. The winning image highlights the stark realities of the impact that governance and the economy have on childhood and the pressing need to improve equity in global health and development. This photo, along with other contest submissions, will support Photoshare’s growing collection, helping international nonprofits communicate effectively about critical health and development issues. By facilitating image sharing among public health professionals and photographers, Photoshare has become a leading source for editorial public health and development photography.

Open to both amateurs and professionals, the contest drew interest from around the globe—215 participants submitted more than 1,663 photos captured in 74 countries. The 2018 contest featured many high quality images across a range of topics and regions—from refugees in Myanmar to Zika prevention in Jamaica—yielding the highest number of top prize finalists since the contest’s creation in 2003. This year, we continued our Photoshare People's Choice Award in Sexual and Reproductive Health, presented with media partner Girls' Globe. The winning image, which documents safe condom use education in Uganda, was chosen from a selection of finalists, with 442 votes cast via social media. Photoshare also continued a successful partnership with HIFA in sponsorship of the Healthcare Providers category, recognized with the HIFA Photo Award. This year's winning image intimately captures a new generation of health providers in Turkey and was selected by members of the HIFA Steering Committee.  

Photoshare is a service of the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, which is supported by USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health and led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with FHI 360, IntraHealth International, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). Photoshare’s editorial photography collection is focused on capturing projects in action and the people they serve. To find out how you can support the collection and share, visit To learn more about knowledge sharing and K4Health, visit


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