Seven amateur photographers help us discover international cooperation through their lens
The Uniterra "Making a difference, one photo at a time!” Photo Contest was launched in November 2012 for Uniterra volunteers. They were invited to submit photos that best represent their volunteer experience in the following three categories: "Volunteers in Action", "Partners in Action" and "Portraits of Beneficiaries."
The winning photos were unveiled in Ottawa on November 2nd, at the Uniterra Reception during the International Forum. A total of seven awards were presented.
The Grand Prize goes to Lindsay Miles-Pickup, for her photograph "Stones of the earth", taken in Nepal en 2013 : "A local micro-entrepreneur shows off his skills making beautiful clay pots while also enticing tourists and locals to participate."
Many thanks to our sponsor, Uniglobe CBO Travel, who offered a $1000 gift certificate to the prize winner!
IN THE "VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION" CATEGORY, THE WINNERS ARE :
First prize goes to Katel Le Fustec, for her photograph "Act Together to Reduce World Poverty" taken in Senegal in 2005: “A Uniterra professional seminar in Dakar, 2005: A major social economy and solidarity event. As young professionals, we participated in workshops and met representatives from numerous countries that are working on local, sustainable and community-based development initiatives. In 2013, we have continued to focus on international cooperation. Many of our ideas stemmed from this meeting in Dakar, and we also acquired many resources there.”
Second prize goes to Kiran Ambwani, for her photograph "Laura and Véronique", taken in Nepal in 2008: "Laura and Véronique, volunteers on the women’s health trek in Jumla, distribute safe birth kits to local women and use role play to discuss women’s health issues."
IN THE "PARTNERS IN ACTION" CATEGORY, THE WINNERS ARE:
First prize goes to Éric St-Pierre, for his photograph "Salimata", taken in Burkina Faso in 2013: “In Bama, Burkina Faso, Salimata dries parboiled rice in the sun.”
Second prize goes to Maude Benny-Dumont for her photograph "The School Cafeteria", taken in Mali in 2010: “In an old classroom, mothers prepare Tô for a ceremony to mobilize school cafeteria cooperatives in local primary schools. With NGO Woïyo Kondeye, a Uniterra partner."
IN THE "PORTRAITS OF THE BENEFICIARIES" CATEGORY, THE WINNERS ARE:
First prize goes to Véronique Kingsley, for her photograph “New Start”, taken in Niger in 2011: "As part of the social integration activities, the NGO Afrique Fondation Jeunes (AFJ) offers training in mechanics to unemployed young men. The youth in this photo now have their own garage of mechanics.”
Second prize goes to Leah Bjornson for her photograph "Lunch in Taïba-Niassène" taken in Senegal in 2012: "In the village of Taïba-Niassène outside of Kaolack in Senegal, Uniterra volunteers interviewed female members of the social economy. At the moment the picture is taken, women are taking a break from interviews to have lunch."
A SUCCESSFUL CONTEST
A total of 287 pictures were submitted through the Facebook contest page! The public was invited to vote for their favorite photos until October 15th, 2013, after which a panel of five professional photographers and audio-visual experts met as the jury on October 24.
They were then asked to judge the photos that had received at least one vote from the public. The jury took into account the aesthetic and graphic quality of the pictures, as well as the message they conveyed about the photographers’ international volunteer cooperation experience.
The votes of the jury were added to those of the public, with equal representation (50% / 50%).
The jury wanted to highlight:
- Simplicity, authenticity and lack of ‘clichés’.
- Emotion, participation and human dynamics reflected through the photos, both between subjects of the pictures (volunteers, partners and beneficiaries) and between the photographers and the people involved.
- The contrast between the often difficult reality of manual labor and the joy of people at work. The smiles and happiness within the images.
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