PhotoPhilanthropy has announced the winners of the 5th Annual Activist Awards. This award recognizes “outstanding documentary photography done on behalf of nonprofit organizations worldwide.” To determine the winners, PhotoPhilanthropy live-streamed the judging worldwide on March 8, 2014 in San Francisco, with Ed Kashi serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
This year’s winner in the professional category was Andri Tambunan of Jakarta, for his photo essay, “Against All Odds: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Papua” which was shot on behalf of NGO Klinik Kalvari. In the press release, PhotoPhilanthropy describes, “Against All Odds investigates the causes of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua, Indonesia and documents the hardships, struggles, and triumphs of the indigenous Papuans who are facing the epidemic head on.” View more images from this compelling photo essay here.
Matthieu Zellweger won this year’s Activist Award in the amateur category for his project, “From Burma with (Infected) Love” that was shot on behalf of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and AIDS Partners. “Due to severe shortage of health services, people in Myanmar fare very differently depending on whether they have access to AIDS treatment or not. This essay is about exemplifying that gap, making it known to the Western world, and raising funds to correct it.” View the full photo essay here.
Turjoy Chowdhury’s project “Savar Tragedy”, won the award in the student category, shot on behalf of Bridge Club International Organization/Bridge Club of Bangladesh. This emotional photo essay documents “the aftermath of an eight-story commercial building that collapsed in Savar, Dhaka in 2013 killing 1,127 workers and wounding 3,000 more.” For more images from this series click here.
Finalists include: Moises Saman “Nowhere People: The Refugees of Syria” and Khaled Hasan “Leave Me Alone: Acid Victim in Bangladesh” for the professional category. Leslie Alsheimer and Darya Komleva were finalists in the amateur category and Jekaterina Saveljeva and Magda Rakita were the finalists in the student category. Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the 5th Annual PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards!