Photo Exhibition & Reception 2019

Alliance Photo Exhibition & Reception 2019

On 6 November, we held our first ever photo exhibition at Edinburgh's City Art Centre, showcasing 23 the most powerful photos exhibited to our 2019 photo competition: sustainable development through the lens of gender. The photos depict the work of Scotland-based international development organisations, showing a range of different projects in 13 countries ranging from Uganda, and Zambia, to India, Nepal and Peru. 

What happened on the night?

The evening commenced with an opening address from our CEO Jane Salmonson, who spoke about our work, and the wider context behind the exhibition. After seeing the quality and calibre of the photographs submitted to our photo competition, we thought an exhibition would be an apt way to celebrate the work of our members with the international development community in Scotland,  as well as the wider public. 

We then heard from  Rob MacGillivray, Deputy Chairperson of Scotland's Humanitarian Emergency Fund, who spoke about public perceptions of aid and development and, from our very own Lewis Ryder-Jones who emphased the importance of championing gender equality in our international development work, and its inextricable link to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The winner and highly commended entries

We heard short speeches from: 

  • Winner: Rod Penn, and his wife Dr. Isioma Okolo (photographed) about their photo and the context behind it - a Uganda-based project aimed at improving the reproductive health of women in Masaka. 
  • Amy Fairbairn, Head of Media and Communications, Mercy Corps who spoke about their work on menstrual health in The Democratic Republic of Congo, and their digital platform Digifarm, which helps female smallholder farmers in Kenya to support their families. 
  • Diana McMicking, Director, Firefly International who spoke about their work in Syria to increase access to education for girls.

Missed the exhibition?

Alliance AGM

You can view a selection of the photos from the exhibition at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 4 December! 

If you attended the exhibition, but have friends and family who were unable to attend, this is the perfect opportunity to bring them along. The theme of our AGM is The Sustainable Development Goals: entering the decade of delivery. 

Alliance 2020 Calendar

12 of our favourite photos will be displayed in the first ever Alliance calendar! If you are passinate about sustainable development, gender, or the work of our members, get your copy today. There is an option to pick up a copy at our AGM, or for it to be posted to you. Both tickets to our AGM and for the calendar can be found on our Eventbrite page

Alliance Facebook Page

You can view and comment on all 23 of the exhibited photos here. 

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