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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2016 Global Health Student Photography Awardees

In November 2016, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning, special merit, and honorable mention photographs from its 2016 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 2016, EGHI received over 100 photography submissions from Emory students, 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:

Caleb Ebert, Rollins School of Public Health
Charles Harless, Rollins School of Public Health
Olivia Paige, Rollins School of Public Health
Jesse Rappaport, Emory University School of Medicine
Kara Vogelzang, Rollins School of Public Health

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Ruofei Chen, Laney Graduate School
Charles Harless, Rollins School of Public Health
Samantha Stacks, Rollins School of Public Health

The 2016 winning photographs can be viewed below.

2016 photo contest caleb ebert

In a Sea of Rice, The Philippines; Caleb Ebert
The clouds begin to roll in over the mountains and the smell of rain fills the air—signaling a shift in seasons—meanwhile a woman sings songs of thanksgiving as she handpicks rice. The Philippines is one of the top rice producers in the world as a result of the tribes in Northern Luzon structuring their livelihoods around rice farming. The woman pictured is a member of the Ifugao tribe, and she is responsible for harvesting rice from several hundred hectares. 

2016 photo contest charles harless

Amazonian Stars, Peru; Charles Harless
A malaria research hut exudes light as the Milky Way shines beautifully in the clear Amazonian night sky. In a region of the Amazon Basin classified by the national government as the “deep Amazon,” indigenous villages are small, spread out, and lack running water and electricity. This makes studying the rampant malaria in the region exceedingly difficult. In order to conduct its ongoing research, the Peruvian Institute for Infectious Diseases brings a small electrical generator to power their devices. Additionally, a simple light microscope used to diagnose malaria strains is illuminated by a single standard headlamp within the hut seen in this picture. Despite its difficulties, being so remote provides a certain simplistic beauty in how a lack of electricity leads to absolutely no light pollution – leaving the stars to shine brilliantly before the naked eye.

2016 photo contest olivia paige

Afternoon Commute, India; Olivia Paige
During the summer monsoon season in Mumbai, India, commuters attempt to make their way home despite dangerous flooding. The city of over 20 million sits at a low sea level and lacks effective drainage infrastructure. However, scientists point to climate change as being a key cause of flooding in the region. Hundreds die due to floods in India each year and hundreds more are forced to take shelter in government-run relief camps. 

2016 photo contest jesse rappaport

Untitled Landscape, Haiti: Jesse Rappaport
A man sits atop a hill outside the town of Hinche, Haiti. During a surgical mission trip, it is easy to never leave the hospital compound. Within the hospital the extent of pathology is never ending, hiding true beauty found only a short walk away.

2016 photo contest kara vogelzang

Women in the Kitchen, Ethiopia; Kara Vogelzang
This is a picture of the closest friend the photographer made in Ethiopia; she is a staff member at a local organization. She works many hours each day and earns about $2 a day. A lot of her time is spent in the kitchen; she is pouring the coffee and is about to serve the coffee so the men on staff and guests can drink it during the traditional coffee ceremony. Women must be given equal opportunity for work outside of the strict gender roles seen around the world.  

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