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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2018 Global Health Student Photography Awardees

In November 2018, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning, special merit, and honorable mention photographs from its 2018 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 2018, EGHI received over 130 photography submissions from Emory students at schools across campus. You can view all of the 2018 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:

Michelle Henkhaus, Rollins School of Public Health
Frederica Lamar, Emory University School of Medicine
Amy Scheel, Emory University School of Medicine
Margaret To, Emory University School of Medicine
Amanda Vicente-Santos, Laney Graduate School

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Gauri Adettiwar, Rollins School of Public Health
Alifiya Bukhari, Rollins School of Public Health
Renee De Shay, Rollins School of Public Health
Grace Ngobia, Rollins School of Public Health
Margaret To, Emory University School of Medicine

The 2018 winning photographs can be viewed below.

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Family Unit in Lesotho, Lesotho; Michelle Henhaus
A mother and her two children head home at dusk in Lesotho. Her husband recently died of HIV, leaving her a widow.

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Trapped in Low Tide, Mozambique; Frederica Lamar
In the mornings, this area is completely full of fishermen retrieving their fish for sale in informal markets. By 3:00 pm, the tide has receded. If you look in the distance, you can see boats that can no longer come to shore due to low tide. The photographer was returning from a day trip during this time and disembarked a quarter mile back, and then walked barefoot to shore. While stumbling, she witnessed families harvesting razor clams. Her perspective was shifted from frustration to appreciative. Conditions that were  not ideal for her were perfect for sustaining one’s family. The photographer then thought about how city sewage runs off into this bay and possible exposures associated with consuming seafood from these areas. While her research focused on childhood exposure to chicken feces contamination, she was reminded that exposures are complex in nature with many unconventional pathways.

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Moral Support, Uganda; Amy Scheel
A young boy holds on to his older brother as they observe their mother (not pictured) receiving a screening echocardiogram for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) as part of a community study in Gulu, Uganda. The oldest boy, falling into the five-50 years old inclusion criterion would be next. The result of an untreated group A streptococcus infection (strep throat) and subsequent attack of rheumatic fever, RHD causes permanent scarring of the left sided valves, which can lead to heart failure, stroke, and even death. Although the prevalence of RHD is similar to HIV and malaria, RHD receives roughly 0.1% of global research funding and is virtually ignored by global health organizations and governments supporting projects to improve public health conditions in developing countries. Early detection of RHD through screening shows promise in preventing disease progression but ultimately a multi-faceted approach incorporating provider education and primary prevention is needed.

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The Gendered Price of Hybrid Rice, Vietnam; Margaret To
Ethnic minorities in Sa Pa, Vietnam have traditionally lived semi-subsistence lives on rice, growing for home consumption. To encourage market productivity, support local food security, and in the interest of integrating minority groups into mainstream society, the Vietnam government sells high-yield “hybrid” seeds to these communities at a subsidized price. The need for cash to purchase hybrid seeds has challenged traditional gender roles, as women are increasingly participating in textile trading and trekking.

Cha, 37, of the Black Hmong tribe, works as a trekking guide in Sa Pa town. Weaving through the rice paddies, she uproots a bundle of rice and explains its cultivation in the uplands. Although her husband supports her employment, some view it as a threat to family honor.

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Understanding the Transmission Dynamics and Spillover Potential of Bartonella in Areas of Human-Bat Overlap in Costa Rica, Costa Rica; Amanda Vicente-Santos
Caves are complex systems where several species of bats interact in extreme proximity, promoting the potential for multispecies disease transmission. However, caves are more vulnerable to anthropogenic disturbance than other ecosystems and they are rarely contemplated in any traditional regional or landscape conservation plans. Bats may suffer from chronic stress and impaired immunity in disturbed habitats, making them more susceptible to pathogens and adverse weather conditions, which in turn could enhance the spread of diseases that might pose spillover risk to humans and livestock. This cave has incredible karts formations, underground rivers, and a community of at least seven species of bats.

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