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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2008 Global Health Student Photography Awardees

In February 2009, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning and honorable mention photographs from its 2008 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 2008, the Institute received close to 150 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 and gave a brief talk at the awards ceremony.

Learn more about the upcoming Global Health Student Photography Contest.

Students submitting Winning Photographs included:

Brian Chu, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Rita Jen, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Julia Phillips, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Jonathan Sherrill, Emory University School of Medicine Physicians Assistant Program Graduate
Heidi Soeters, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Bethany Caruso, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Brian Chu, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Samantha Huffman, Rollins School of Public Health
Nayla Khoury, Emory University School of Medicine
Lydia Lu, Emory University School of Medicine, Allied Health
Francois Rollin, Emory University School of Medicine
Heidi Soeters, Rollins School of Public Health Graduate
Caitlin Worrell, Rollins School of Public Health

The contest's judges also awarded Heidi Soeters a special commendation recognizing the technical and artistic excellence of the three photographs that she submitted.

The 2008 winning photographs can be viewed below.

2008 contest chu

Strength - Brian Chu, '09MPH
This photograph depicts the son of a Ghanaian woman who uses her savings to purchase health protection products such as mosquito nets and water treatment tablets. Contrary to many pictures that focus on disease and poverty, the photographer thought this young boy represented a portrait of good health, strength, and exuberance.

2008 contest jen

SanEdu - Rita Jen, '09 MPH
Often overlooked in sanitation projects is the aspect of education. This photograph features an 11- year-old Malawi child’s notebook from class which explains the symptoms of hookworm and the most critical times to wash hands in order to prevent contracting it.

2008 contest phillips

Pediatric Ward - Julia Phillips, '08 MPH
This photograph illustrates the challenges of providing care to people living in rural areas of northeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Togo. The outdated incubator no longer works, IVs are hung from homemade cloth slings, bed sheets are not provided, and the mother of a sick baby has nowhere to sleep except her child’s bed.  The baby is being treated for malnutrition and dehydration.  When the child is discharged from the hospital, the mother will be asked to stay for a several-week course in nutrition with further weight monitoring at the nutrition center next to the hospital.

2008 contest sherrill

Ruth - Jonathan Sherrill, '08 Emory University School of Medicine, PA Program
The woman in this picture is Ruth, who prepares rice, beans, and vegetables for over 150 children daily at the Karanse School in Tanzania. Without Ruth, most of the school’s children would not be able to finish their studies due to illness and malnutrition because clean water and clean food are scarce. The teachers at the Karanse School make sure that their students have one good meal per day. While this may not sound sufficient, this initiative has already saved lives and provided many children with the nutrition they need to complete their studies and move on to secondary school.

2008 contest soeters

Untitled - Heidi Soeters, '09 MPH
This photograph was taken in a small, informal settlement in Soweto, South Africa. Despite the bleak surroundings – corrugated metal dwellings surrounded by barbed wire with power lines overhead – the women of this settlement did everything within their power to create a home for themselves and their families. Some of these women had been raising their children in the same one-room house for over 15 years.

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