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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2013 Global Health Student Photography Awardees2013_inset_photogcontest

In November 2013, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning, special merit, and honorable mention photographs from its 2013 Global Health Student Photography Contest. The purpose of the contest is to foster cultural sensitivity by encouraging Emory students conducting global health projects to examine the culture and people with whom they are working.

In 2013, EGHI received close to 200 photography submissions, which you can view here. Mr. Bob Yellowlees, an Atlanta business leader, philanthropist, and photographer who founded Lumière Gallery, sponsors the student photography contest.

Learn more about the upcoming Global Health Student Photography Contest.

Students submitting Winning Photographs included:

Sara Bresee, Rollins School of Public Health
Vanessa Burrowes, Rollins School of Public Health
Amihan Jones, Laney Graduate School
Aviela Lerner, Emory College
Paula Strassle, Rollins School of Public Health

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Anna Hare, Emory University School of Medicine
Amanda Maxfield, Laney Graduate School
Cathy McDermott, Emory University School of Medicine/Rollins School of Public Health
Kaitlin Oelkers, Emory College
Thuy Trinh, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

The 2013 winning photographs can be viewed below.


A Mother Creating Bricks for her Child's School Pit Latrine, Zambia; Sara Bresee
When the photographer showed this photograph to some locals from Zambia, their first exclamation was, “A woman is making bricks!” Not only were these families doing backbreaking labor just so their children could have safe toilets to use at school, but mothers were doing the work too. In this community, men were only expected to do the physical and dirty labor, not the women. I was amazed at the strength the women displayed in each village I visited and their commitment to their children’s sanitation and hygiene.


Untitled, Zambia; Vanessa Burrowes
In order to enroll clients into HIV studies with the Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG), community leaders and figureheads, such as church leaders, are put in charge of encouraging their neighbors and friends to visit local clinics to be screened for their HIV status. Shown here, a sister trains fellow sisters in how to recruit clients, give background about the project, and effectively spread HIV prevention messages to their communities in a Misisi Compound church in Lusaka, Zambia.


Pascalia, Kenya; Amihan Jones
Pascalia lives with her family next to Nyumbani Village, a bio-friendly community serving orphans and elders who have been left behind by the “lost generation” resulting from the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kitui, Kenya. Pascalia and her two siblings attend school in Nyumbani Village. Her mother is the head chef at the primary school and is in charge of feeding 650 children daily.


Sala Cinco, Dominican Republic: Aviela Lerner
This photograph is of a patient who just gave birth in San Francisco de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. The room she is in holds five beds for women in active labor, although there is often overflow from the postpartum room, which is why she was placed there. Patients must bring their own sheets to put on the hospital beds. There is no air conditioning in this area of the hospital, and each room only has a single ceiling fan. Patients are often crowded in the room with visiting family, doctors, nurses, and other patients. The patient in this image is waiting to be moved to another room for post-partum checks but has to wait a long time before anyone can attend to her.


Untitled, Malawi; Paula Strassle
Over a quarter of Malawi’s population does not have access to safe water, and there is no sanitation system in the country. Surface wells, like the one pictured, are common practice in villages all over the country and pose a serious health risk to the entire community. I was sent to this village in southern Malawi to perform water quality testing on a newly dug borehole pump that was donated by an American NGO. When I arrived, there was no pump present and the drillers had abandoned construction after they received their payment.

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