May 2013

  • Mukhopadhyay Cracked Earth with Boy
     Somenath Mukhopadhyay
    India

    Somenath Mukhopadhyay is an amateur photographer and a teacher of a higher secondary school. His work primarily focuses on people and the environment and in particular in the areas of agriculture, human health, water and food security and climate change.

    The boy in this photo is collecting water from a dried up pond in Birbhum, a district in West Bengal, India. The district is known for its arid soil and sparse vegetation. Climate change and extreme weather conditions have marginalized communities such as Birbhum that rely on its surroundings for food and shelter.

    The Allard Prize Photo Competition jury selected this photo as it highlights the basic human rights issue of access to safe drinking water.

  • Khesse Headless Shirt
     Katharina Hesse
    China

    Katharina Hesse is a Beijing-based photographer who has worked throughout Asia for nearly two decades. Her work primarily focuses on China’s social concerns, among them youth and urban culture, religion and North Korean refugees.

    The woman in this photo is Kim Jeong-Ya (a pseudonym), 67, from Yanji, China. Ms. Kim is one of a handful of Chinese activists from this region who have put their lives at risk to help neighboring North Korean refugees. Ms. Kim has dedicated her life to creating a safe passage to South Korea for North Koreans via mainland China. She has been imprisoned twice by North Korean agents operating in China.

    The Allard Prize Photo Competition jury selected this photo as it captures the image of a woman with extraordinary courage and with dedicated commitment to human rights.

  • Khesse Hands Over Face
     Katharina Hesse
    China

    Katharina Hesse is a Beijing-based photographer who has worked throughout Asia for nearly two decades. Her work primarily focuses on China’s social concerns, among them youth and urban culture, religion and North Korean refugees.

    The woman in this photo is Kim Jung-ae (a pseudonym), 62. After her son died two years ago of starvation, Ms. Kim escaped from North Korea to find food and shelter in China. It was no easy task to leave North Korea, a country that denies its citizens the basic human right to travel freely.  During her journey to China Ms. Kim had no income, was disabled and had to live on herbs and grass that she collected in the mountains. It took Ms. Kim five days by foot to reach a town in China, where she now supports herself by reselling garbage that she collects on the streets.

    The Allard Prize Photo Competition jury selected this photo as it captures the image of a woman with the courage to seek a better life despite the risks involved.