Global Health Student Photography Contest

Engaging, arresting, moving, intriguing—these are just some of the words used to describe the images from the EGHI Global Health Student Photography Contest. For more than 14 years this competition has invited students from across the Emory campus to visually document their global-health experiences to foster cultural sensitivity and inspire positive action in the United States and abroad.

Each year, a panel of esteemed judges looks at the images with four main criteria in mind: connection, storytelling, technical merit, and cultural representation. Winners receive $500 each. Some photo submissions are candid while others are set up for effect, but all tell a compelling story about the universal need for, barriers to, and benefits of access to health and well-being.

The competition—which in 2022 also included a People’s Choice Award—is sponsored by Atlanta business leader, philanthropist, and photographer Bob Yellowlees, who founded Lumiere Gallery.

Please find below a Zoom recording that features the 2021 winning student photographers discussing their photographs and the connection between art and global health. 

The Photograph as Document: Global Health and Social Justice 

In this panel discussion, participants explored the definition of documentary photography, the ethical considerations surrounding it, and the role the audience plays in creating a visual document's meaning.