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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2017 Global Health Student Photography Awardees

In November 2017, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning, special merit, and honorable mention photographs from its 2017 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 2017, EGHI received photography submissions from Emory students at schools across campus. You can view all of the 2017 submissions 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:

Sam Friedlander, Laney Graduate School
Sarah Gelbard, Rollins School of Public Health
Sidra Khalid, Laney Graduate School
Ashley Meehan, Rollins School of Public Health
Madelon Morford, Emory College

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Tyler Breen, Laney Graduate School
Steven Sola, Rollins School of Public Health
Regina Zuniga, Rollins School of Public Health

The 2017 winning photographs can be viewed below.


Paint for Water, Haiti; Sam Friedlander
Unfortunately, money raised to help a community sometimes doesn't go to projects that actually benefit the people most in need. Here, a mountainside slum in Port-au-Prince sparkles with new coats of multicolored paint—despite the fact that the entire area has no access to clean water, an especially dangerous condition since the worst cholera epidemic in recent history hit Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Since this mountainside faces a particularly wealthy area, a “development” project decided to paint the crowded buildings in order to beautify the view. 


Sisters, Cambodia; Sarah Gelbard
Women gather together to support a sister with a disability as she discusses practices in water, sanitation, and menstrual hygiene management in the Kratie Province of Cambodia. It is estimated that 4.7% of Cambodia’s population lives with disability, most commonly involving impairments of mobility or vision. Caused by illness and disease, congenital conditions, accidental injury, and in rarer cases by landmine explosions, disability can render a person uniquely susceptible to economic hardship, environmental obstacles, and social discrimination. A higher percentage of Cambodian women with disabilities reside in rural areas. They may encounter additional barriers related to water, sanitation, and hygiene access. In considering global health research and program implementation, their narratives are essential to inclusive progress. The dictum “nothing about us without us” is always relevant.


Animal Games, Kyrgyzstan; Sidra Khalid
Adolescence is frequently viewed as a “window of opportunity” to formulate positive attitudes and behaviors. Developing gender equitable norms during adolescence reduces the need to invest in the difficult task of changing behavior later in life. To address this situation, Save the Children developed CHOICES, a gender norm curriculum targeted toward 10-14-year-old boys and girls to help them discover alternative views of traditional gender roles and behaviors. The student photographer worked on a qualitative study in Kyrgyzstan to help inform the adaptation of CHOICES there, as traditional gender norms still negatively impact future life opportunities for both men and women. Here, students are participating in an animal game using projective techniques to think about the characteristics of men and women and gender roles.


Breeding Sites, Uganda: Ashley Meehan
In the early 2000s, the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO) set a new tone for the fight against HIV and AIDS in Southwest Uganda. In the Tuesday afternoon sunlight, expert client Geoffrey transcribes each visitor to the HIV Clinic by hand, recording demographic data, HIV test results, viral load, and more. Without electronic monitoring and surveillance, at least one week at the beginning of each month is dedicated to compiling these summary reports. The names and numbers he copies are not just data points to be plotted, but rather, they show the progress and well-being of those he loves in his community. Since this picture was taken in January 2017, Geoffrey’s 30-year battle with HIV and AIDS has come to an end, but his legacy will live on in Kabale, Uganda and in the hearts of those who knew him.


What's the Alternative?, India; Madelon Morford
In a stick-roofed and brick-built hut, gaps in the ceiling shed natural light on a female patient awaiting treatment from a Guni medicinal healer. On the metal framed bed with thin padding, the woman waits for the traditional Indian healer to massage oils on her frozen shoulder - a symptom of her diabetes, to prescribe her herbs, and to recommend exercises to promote mobility in her arms. This woman’s case represents a cohort of Indians who participate in India’s healthcare system and are displeased with the results and symptoms of their treatments. The woman explained that the allopathic healthcare facilities in the city were unable to help her cure her frozen shoulder. So she and her husband traveled to rural Rajasthan to visit the Guni healer.  The woman left with herbs and oils in hand, a bit more uplifted with the mobility of her shoulders improved, and hopeful for her further recovery. 

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