May 2014

  • PLOWRIGHT suggestion box
     William Plowright
    Kenya

    William Plowright lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada. He is currently a Ph.D Candidate at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Political Science, and he is also a Research Fellow in the Child Soldiers Initiative.

    This photograph was taken in Fort Jesus in Mombassa, Kenya. It is a depiction of an anti-corruption program in Kenya, a project by the local government to allow locals and tourists to submit comments or suggestions to fight corruption. Although a program that encourages participation, it is unlikely to lead to long-term change and therefore symbolizes the need to move beyond token efforts to combat corruption.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it represents a symbol of (sometimes fruitless) efforts made to combat corruption.

  • Das Black Diamond
     Sudipto Das
    India

    Sudipto Das lives in Kolkata, India. He is a self-taught photographer, now working as a senior photojournalist for The Times of India. Sudipto’s photographs have been displayed around the world including Washington, DC, Indonesia, Amsterdam, London, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Montreal, Vancouver and Switzerland. He has received more than 100 international photography awards from all over the world.

    In this image, entitled “Black Diamond”, a child carries a large piece of coal in the Lantenganj area in Jharia, India. Jharia is the richest coal reserve of India. People in this area participate in illegal coal collecting for daily earnings of less than $5.00.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it depicts those who are at-risk as a result of corrupt practices.

  • Das Lone Existence
     Sudipto Das
    India

    Sudipto Das lives in Kolkata, India. He is a self-taught photographer, now working as a senior photojournalist for The Times of India. Sudipto’s photographs have been displayed around the world including Washington, DC, Indonesia, Amsterdam, London, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Montreal, Vancouver and Switzerland. He has received more than 100 international photography awards from all over the world.

    In this image, entitled “Lone Existence”, a little girl stands in front of her demolished home, on the outskirts of an open-pit coal mine. Reportedly, in the Jharia region, hundreds of villagers are being removed from their homes which are being demolished to yield coal from this reserve, which provides large amounts of India’s cooking coal.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it reflects the struggles local communities face in the preservation of their homes and lives against larger global influences.

  • DAS Muslim women voting
     Sudipto Das
    India

    Sudipto Das lives in Kolkata, India. He is a self-taught photographer, now working as a senior photojournalist for The Times of India. Sudipto’s photographs have been displayed around the world including Washington, DC, Indonesia, Amsterdam, London, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Montreal, Vancouver and Switzerland. He has received more than 100 international photography awards from all over the world.

    This photograph of Muslim women casting their vote with black ink on their finger was taken in Howrah, West Bengal, India. The Election Commission of India conducts special campaigns to encourage minority voters to exercise their democratic right to vote.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it represents transparent and democratic elections, a powerful tool in the fight against corruption.

  • NODWELL poster in graveyard
     Ted Nodwell
    Argentina

    Ted Nodwell lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology photography program, he first undertook a photojournalism project documenting health and social development programs, before becoming a professional commercial and advertising photographer. Ted has won numerous photographic awards and his images have been curated for exhibitions in Vancouver, Whistler and China.

    This photograph focuses on a poster proclaiming “31 years of denial and neglect” in Buenos Aires, in support of veterans of the Guerra del Atlántico Sur (Falklands War). In the aftermath of the war, there have been allegations of inhuman treatment of conscripted soldiers by their officers and suicide has reportedly claimed as many as 450 Argentinian veterans.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it reflects the efforts of concerned citizens to raise awareness and to obtain recognition and justice.

  • Cardenas Inner Vision
     Mario Cardenas
    United Arab Emirates

    Mario Cardenas lives in Abu Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is an architect by profession and a self-taught painter, artist, and photographer. Mario has received over 100 awards in photography competitions in both local and international arenas.

    This photograph, entitled “Inner Vision,” was taken in Mantalongon, Cebu, Philippines.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photo as it captures the perspective of children and their lived experiences, with its meaning in the context of corruption and human rights open to the interpretation of the viewer.