16 outubro, 2008

Favorite Photograph

         O site Development Gateway Foundation organizou uma votação para a premiação de  melhor foto baseada no impacto, mérito artístico, composição, excelência técnica. O resultado será divulgado no dia 31 de outubro. Vejam as fotos selecionadas para a votação final. Desta vez eu comi bola, não postei a tempo para os interessados votarem.....mas estamos aí!.

Vote For Your Favorite Photograph!

We are looking for compelling photographs of socio-economic development in developing countries. These are the top ten photographs that were selected by Development Gateway Foundation based on technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Now it is up to you to select the winner. Voting is from October 2 and through October 15. The winner will be announced on October 31. You may only vote once. Duplicate votes from the same IP address will not be counted. The winner will receive US $1000. 

Please note that the photographers have provided the captions for their photographs. We have included them unedited. 

Please email any comments to smarkham@dgfoundation.org.

A vendor sells coffee on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Coffee is the the most important cash crop and largest export commodity in the country. Selling coffee not only supports the Ethiopian economy, but can empower a woman financially, contribute to her family's food security, and promote independence and self-respect. 

In many countries the girls are discriminated from birth. The deep-rooted cultural attitude and traditional practices preach and perpetuate women's inferiority, making the female population a highly disadvantaged segment of the society. Development of poor countries cannot be reached without addressing the conditions of women, protecting their rights, educating them and including them in the economic and political life of the society. Women, as mothers, wife and individuals, have the right to have the same opportunities of men. 

Unemployment is also a severe problem in Rural India. Here, an old man of rural Rajasthan creates some clay pot in his own cottage. Finally, he will sale his product directly to the market through a Self help group (SHG).Government is now encouraging the rural people to form a SHG or Cooperative societies to become self sufficient 

I was wondering about the many colors from the fruits and vegetables on the local market. When we talk about developing countries we think to easy that there is nothing for the people. I saw a other side. I saw bussiness without outside (NGO) help. People who made money with selling almost everything. Not with a hopeless face, but with a smile. A smile from hope. Because he take care of his own life and don't need help from the 'West'. For him this is a blessing. And he is not the only one. We need to use the strength of the people. They are the examples for use and the Bangal people for a life without help. 

School children from samll village naned, Khairat village in Karjat town in Raigad Districit, Maharashtra state, India, using laptop to complete their study at their Home before carring the laptops to school. Children uses the laptops in the school as a note books instead of slate.The school educate the village children through computers( laptops). 

An estimated 60.000 thousand minors work in Nepal, close to furnaces where bricks are fired. this concerns short-term employment carried out in dangerous conditions, for 12 hours per day. 

Rice is the main food in Bangladesh. As a result Bangladesh grows paddy in a large scale. This agro based industry created employment opportunities for women as well. In the photo two women are working on paddy processing. They have boiled the paddy and then drying under the sun. A development issue of course. 

This image has been taken from a construction site. Due to the rapid industrial and economic development in India, numerious buildings are being constructed. Here the woman labourers are seen smiling in spite of the hard labour because they are getting work and hence their economic standard is also developing. They can now have good food and educate their children. 

The women are carrying brick blocks on their heads to the furnace for burning althought their wages is minimum they are trying to be self dependent. 

This picture was taken in Guam in the Pacific Ocean. Street children were drinking water under the heavy heat. The kids were realizing and demonstrating how important and precious water is to their environment. They always took well care of closing the tap after drinking. Let’s hope this message will be spread to more children. 

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