May 2015

  • Blind
     Alex Masi
    India

    Alex Masi is an Italian photojournalist who is deeply engaged in documenting and exposing issues of human-made injustices, focusing mainly on children: their living conditions, health and rights. His images have been widely published and exhibited internationally.

    In this photograph, a seven year old girl is sitting inside her home in Indira Nagar, near the abandoned Union Carbide (now DOW Chemical) industrial complex in Bhopal, central India. Three decades after the infamous ‘1984 Gas Disaster’ in Bhopal, around 100,000 people are chronically ill from the effects of the poisonous gas-leak, while hazardous drinking water has caused a sharp increase in birth defects and disabilities in children.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it depicts the impact that can follow from unchecked business practices and the long-term consequences of corporate actions on children and their communities.

  • Dear Government, we are watching you
     Wong Chi Keung
    Hong Kong

    Wong Chi Keung is an amateur photographer from Hong Kong who started learning photography approximately ten years ago.

    In this photograph, posters made by Umbrella Movement protestors are shown on a street in Hong Kong. It is widely believed that the government coordinated gas attacks on the peaceful protests for free and fair elections in Hong Kong. Since the start of the 2014 protests, Umbrella Movement activists have complained of harassment by political opponents alarmingly similar to the way mainland Chinese activists and their families have long been targeted.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it reflects the lengths individuals will go to express their desire for transparency and the fair treatment of citizens by their government.

     

  • Myanmar's Democratic Batons
     Sai Zaw
    Myanmar

    Sai Zaw is a photojournalist based in Yangon, Myanmar. He has worked, since 2013, for the Yangon-based Irrawaddy news agency, an independent publication covering Burman and South East Asian news. Being involved in Burman media since 2008, he has worked as a reporter for a local journal, and as a video journalist for a local TV-channel providing nationwide news and entertainment programs.

    This photograph shows a protesting student being beaten by police during a government crackdown on student demonstrations in Letpadan Township, Bago Region, Myanmar. The student protestors believed that the newly passed education bills were not decided democratically by the government. The protestors walked from Mandalay to Yangon – a distance of over 400 miles. During the protest, police blocked the path of the demonstration just before the city of Yangon and beat the students and their supporters; over one hundred students were brutally beaten by batons and arrested indiscriminately.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it illustrates the courage one must have to stand up for their rights against those in power.

     

  • Demonstrator
     Homere Cardichon
    United States

    Homere Cardichon is a Haitian press photographer who has been covering the local news for various publications since 2003. His work has been included in the Haitian daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste, as well as Magic Haiti Magazine and Ticket Magazine.

    Spurred by recent claims of police brutality against African Americans, this photograph is of a woman demonstrating in the streets of Philadelphia demanding fair, dignified, and respectful treatment of African Americans by United States law enforcement.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as a reminder that corruption and violations against human rights can, and do, happen everywhere in the world.

     

     

     

  • Way to go to School
     Rajib Singha
    India

    Rajib Singha is a self-taught photographer and a teacher by profession who lives in West Bengal, India. Rajib has contributed to multiple citizen journalism sites such as Reuters Your View, Yahoo News, BBC Your View and others, along with national news dailies. As well, Rajib has won multiple photography competitions nationally and internationally.

    This photograph depicts Muslim school girls taking a precarious ride to school on the back of a local trekker in Hooghly, of West Bengal state, in India.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it highlights the importance of education, and particularly girls’ education. The photograph is also a reminder of the effort undertaken by many girls around the world to obtain an education.

  • The Minova Rape Trials
     Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi
    Congo

    Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi is a Brooklyn-based photographer who was recognized as one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents in 2014. She uses photography to explore the human condition across a variety of political and cultural contexts. Her photography has been published and showcased by media outlets like Al Jazeera America and Marie Claire, and international NGO’s like Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), ART WORKS projects, Save the Children USA, International Rivers, Norwegian Refugee Council, the American Bar Association, MTV Exit and IREX.

    This photograph depicts the Minova trials which were held in Minova town, South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo in February 2014. The subject of the photograph is one of approximately 1,000 identified victims of rape in Minova who suffered at the hands of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) in November of 2012 during a 10-day run of violence. This victim wore a veil to protect her identity as she testified before a military tribunal.

    The Minova trials represented advancements in delivering justice in the region as an unprecedented number of FARDC were accused and tried at the level of the military court – giving no possibility of appeal. The final ruling on May 5th, 2014 found only two FARDC soldiers, out of the 37 faced with charges, guilty of rape.

    The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph for its reflection on the courage it takes to stand up to perpetrators of human rights violations and as a reminder of the need for a fair and non-corrupt justice system to hold those perpetrators accountable.