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Global Health Student Photography Contest

2011 Global Health Student Photography Awardees

In November 2011, the Emory Global Health Institute announced the winning and honorable mention photographs from its 2011 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 2011, the Institute received more than 225 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.

Learn more about the upcoming Global Health Student Photography Contest.

Students submitting Winning Photographs included:

Danika Barry, Rollins School of Public Health
Nikarika Bhattarai, Rollins School of Public Health
Aubrey Graham, The Laney Graduate School
Colleen Laurence, Rollins School of Public Health
Ju-Han Yao, Emory College

Students submitting Honorable Mention Photographs included:

Maggi Bale, Rollins School of Public Health
Danika Barry, Rollins School of Public Health
Sheila Bowler, Rollins School of Public Health
Aubrey Graham, The Laney Graduate School
Yao Shi, Rollins School of Public Health

The 2011 winning photographs can be viewed below.

2011 contest barry

Trinity, Oromiya Region, Ethiopia
This photo embodies a well functioning “frontline health worker” team in Oromiya Region, Ethiopia. On the left is a newly delivered mother with her newborn baby; in the center is a traditional birth attendant (TBA); and to the right is a Health Extension Worker (HEW). The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health has scaled up over 30,000 HEWs since 2005 to ensure equitable access to primary health care and a point of referral for secondary and tertiary care at the community level. However, while HEWs have formal skills and resources available to them, TBAs were more trusted by mothers for pregnancy and delivery care. Ethiopia has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, and thus coordinated, timely care is essential. Teamwork amongst these different cadres of frontline health workers, including mothers and primary caregivers, can ensure that proper care is given to “every mother, in time, every time.”

2011 contest bhattarai

The Corner Pump, Varanasi, Uttar Pardesh - India
Washing off the heat of an Indian summer, four young boys are already acquainted with the burden and joys of water. One enjoys the cool and refreshing splash, while the other uses every muscle possible to pump up water. It’s an exhaustive trade-off, but they each get a turn under the corner pump. This image depicts the relationships water creates within communities. More than often, water is exposed as the root of negative health outcomes, but this life force is also what ties people together. Whether it’s lending a hand to scrub a friend’s hair or using every inch of muscle to pump, these boys have a bond that now binds them together – and that’s the power of water.

2011 contest graham

Untitled, Haiti
Two nurses comfort Vista Oralice, an elderly woman being treated for cholera at the Merlin emergency cholera treatment facility in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti on January 9, 2011. Since October 2010, a cholera epidemic had taken hold in Haiti’s over-crowded refugee camps. The epidemiology of the disease witnessed its spread from the urban center of Port au Prince into the surrounding rural areas. Merlin and a host of other medical non-governmental organizations have since established health centers that have endeavored to treat the disease and help stop its spread. Merlin officials noted that they were pleased with their ability to treat and see many more recoveries than deaths. Vista Oralice, like the other 20 patients in the treatment tent, was expected to make a full recovery within the next few days.

2011 contest laurence

Work Place Hazards, Malawi
Aubrey works as a "beach boy," shuttling tourists to different islands in and around beautiful Cape Maclear on the shores of Lake Malawi.  Sections of the lake, particularly those around this busy tourist escape, boast extremely high rates of schistosomiasis.  After swimming in the lake myself, I had the easy recourse to get tested and take Praziquantel.  Audrey told me that he has never been tested for the parasite or taken the drug in his 25+ years of working in Cape Maclear.

2011 contest yao

New Haircut, India
This photo was taken in Ladakh, India.  It's at the very northern tip of India, near Tibet.  The photographer went on a trip there with some doctors and medical school students to establish a volunteer clinic during the summer of 2011.  He lived in a monastery for a month, and this is a picture of the little lamas getting their monthly haircut.  In Ladakh, people have very limited electricity and clean water.  Most of them have very little health education, such as basic flu/cold prevention and hygiene.

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