CGAP Announces Winners of 2013 Photo Contest

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The winner of the 2013 CGAP Photo Contest is Truong Minh Dien of Vietnam. A panel of four judges selected his photo, "Rainy Afternoon," out of a record number of 3,890 entries from professional and amateur photographers in 91 countries. The winning photo depicts a woman transporting potatoes to a local market in Vietnam during a downpour. The woman's earnings help feed her husband and two children.

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The judging panel appreciated "Rainy Afternoon" for the way it thoughtfully depicted the resilience of low-income entrepreneurs in Vietnam. "The photo really captured a great moment," said Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, the 2010 CGAP Photo Contest Winner and guest judge for 2013.

In addition to the compelling story behind the winning image, the judges felt that it was technically excellent. "It takes a disciplined photographer to step back and take a picture like this," said Stelios Varias, a senior photographer and editor from Thomson Reuters and one of the four judges. "It's incredibly hard to get a good shot in the rain."

A full gallery of the 30 winning photos is available here. The 2013 Grand Prize is a $2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment.

The judges also selected 28 other photos from around the world as regional winners, finalists, and special mentions, which were chosen for both technical excellence and depiction of the stories and faces behind financial inclusion. Of particular note was the South Asia regional winner, "Brick Worker," submitted by Moksumul Haque of Bangladesh. The photo captures bricks tossed in mid-air, leaving the viewer wondering what happened immediately after the picture was taken.

For the second consecutive year, a popular vote on determined a People's Choice winner. Voters chose "Talented Nesma," submitted by Mohamad Gouda of Egypt, which depicts a woman who leveraged a microfinance loan to build a painting and embroidery business. The photo received 1,236 votes, nearly 400 more than the next most popular photo.

Photographers from over 90 countries made this the most competitive year for the CGAP Photo Contest, which just finished its eighth consecutive competition. The 2013 panel of judges consisted of Suzanne Lemakis, Director of the Department of Fine Art at Citigroup, Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, the 2010 CGAP Photo Contest winner and professional photographer from Bangladesh, Stelios Varias of Reuters, and Indira Williams, the senior manager of visual resources at the Newseum. At the conclusion of the judging session, held on 1 November 2013, Williams noted, "This was an incredible collection of photos and I was impressed by the quality of them." "The quality of the pictures was really outstanding this year," added Lemakis.

The annual CGAP Photo Contest aims to highlight stand-out professional and amateur photographers depicting financial inclusion around the world. Through strong photography, CGAP showcases the different ways in which poor households manage their financial lives and how financial inclusion can make the lives of people at the base of the economic pyramid better. "Photos of society and social inequality can help eliminate poverty by creating social awareness," said Mohammad Rakibul Hassan.

Full List of 2013 CGAP Photo Contest Winners and Finalists:

Grand Prize
Rainy Afternoon
Truong Minh Dien, Vietnam

Second Prize
Md Farhad Rahman, Bangladesh

Third Prize
Double Curves
Chi Keung Wong, Mali

People's Choice
Talented Nesma
Mohamad Gouda, Egypt

Regional Winners

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Winner
New Tread
Pauline Opmeer, Tanzania

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Winner
Men and Oranges
Luiz Grillo, Brazil

South Asia Regional Winner
Brick Worker
Moksumul Haque, Bangladesh

East Asia and Pacific Regional Winner
The Gold Life
Vo Chi Trung, Vietnam

Europe and Central Asia Regional Winner
Shoe Repair Shop
Bulent Suberk, Turkey

Special Mentions

Press Man
Soumya Shankar Ghosal, India

Wim Opmeer, Bolivia


The Washerman
Rabin Chakrabarti, India

Production of Ceramic
Van Bang Vo, Vietnam

The Microsmile
Oddvar Paulsen, Uganda

Maize Grinding
Mohammad Saiful Islam, Uganda

Forhad Kamaly, Bangladesh

Cycle of Life
Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan, Bangladesh

Men at Work
Joydeep Mukherjee, India

Camel Trader
Rabin Chakrabarti, India

Ben Warren, Burkina Faso

Sieving Lemon Verbena
Wim Opmeer, Paraguay

Crafting Path
AM Ahad, Bangladesh

Erkan Kalenderli, Turkey

Eggs Vendor
Danilo Victoriano Jr., The Philippines

Wave of Happiness
Roger Alfonso, Thailand

Zakir Hossain Chowdhury, Bangladesh

New Day, New Nets
Tran Bao Hoa, Vietnam

Vao Giang Tran, Vietnam

Innovation of Microfinance
Sudipto Das, India

Successful Business
Kelly Ranck, Sudan

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