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Announcing the winners of the 2018 global development photo contest

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Oct 22 2018

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The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development is happy to announce the winners of the summer global development photo contest. We received photo submissions taken by Stanford students in locations that spanned the world, capturing moments in Nepal, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mexico, and Peru, as well as many more. The winning photos were taken in Senegal and India.

First place:

Christopher LeBoa, ’19, MS '20

Location: Mira Nijoule, Senegal

From the photographer: Babakar, 19, makes his living by transporting water from the banks of the Senegal River to the nearest village about one kilometer away. The creation of the Diama Dam along the Senegal river has provided water security for millions like Babakar and has allowed for a vast expansion of agriculture in the region, but the dam has also led to a dramatic rise of schistosomiasis, a waterborne disease that affects more than 80% of the local population.

I was in Senegal working with the De Leo lab on a project to reduce Schistosomiasis in the Senegal River Basin. I took the photo of Babakar on the third time he had come pick up water from the access point where we were working that afternoon. I spent a while trying to converse with him in Wolof and asked if I could take his photo.

Second place:

Catherine Wang, '21

Location: Tamil Nadu, India

From the photographer: The students at the AGN School in Tamil Nadu, India are full of energy, curiosity, and attention. I was fortunate enough to take some of this home with me. They begin the day with morning prayers, play soccer barefoot, and learn in classrooms where the occasional monkey will disrupt class. I took this photo while shadowing a third standard science class before I began teaching myself.

I spent the summer volunteering at the AGN School in Tamil Nadu, India as part of Project Dosti, which is a student-run Cardinal Quarter organization at Stanford. I taught everything from cancer immunotherapy to photography to Chinese, and in turn learned a great deal about the people I worked with and the local culture.

Third place:

Anjali Katta, '19

Location: Mumbai, India

From the photographer: A boatman at a beach dump in the Khar slums of Mumbai waits for the end of the day at a school in the Khar slums. He ferries kids to the beach in the morning so they can access the school, and ferries them back in the afternoon. I took the photo during my time working at the local school.

Honorable mention:

Christopher LeBoa, ’19, MS '20

Location: Ndiawdoune, Senegal

From the photographer: The fishermen sending out the net photo is from the Lampsar river near the village of Ndiawdoune. We were also out on a pirogue (one of the fishing canoes seen in the photo) collecting snails to see the prevalence of schistosomiasis in this part of the river. A few months before this shot was taken, a fisherman was killed in this very same area by a hippo.

Honorable mention:

Catherine Wang, '21

Location: Tamil Nadu, India

From the photographer: I spent the summer volunteering at the AGN School in Tamil Nadu, India as part of Project Dosti, which is a student-run Cardinal Quarter organization at Stanford. During morning assembly, students pray, sing, and give presentations before the school day starts. The younger kids always got a little restless!