Alliance Photo Competition

 The Alliance Annual Photo Competition 

The Alliance photo competition is an opportunity for international development practitioners based in Scotland to showcase their work, or the work of their partners. Running for the past two years, our photos have been exhibited at our 2018 Annual Conference: "Tomorrow's World", at our 2019 Annual Conference: Putting Gender Front and Centre, and at an evening reception at Edinburgh's City Art Centre. If you have an interesting and sustainable international project underway, get involved!

Photo Competition 2018 

Members of Scotland’s International Development Alliance were invited to submit a photograph that illustrated sustainable development through the eyes of a young person.

Entries focused on at least one of the sustainable development goals, and portrayed how young people are involved in shaping development or the impact development had on young people through the work of their organisation or partners. Our favouite photos were then displayed at our 2018 Annual Conference: "Tomorrow's World". 

Top entries from 2018: 

1.  Photo Title: Community-led development , ​Organisation: Children of Rwanda, ​Photographer: Jean-Paul​

Children of Rwanda operate through a local committee of parent-representatives elected from and by their beneficiary community. They are responsible for managing and monitoring the programmes in their villages (with support from our volunteer UK-based team) as well as recruitment of new children on to our school bursary programme. The photo shows Jean, a parent-representative, taking care of Jacqui and her brother Jean-Marie. 

2. Photo Title: Looking forward to a brighter future, Organisation: Feed the Minds, Photographer: Hannah Walters 

International development work helps to bring smiles to young people’s faces around the world. Feed the Minds feel this image really portrays the positive impact that development work has on young people’s lives. Since joining their Secure Futures project in Uganda, Josephine has been able to learn vocational skills and increase her income to improve the quality of her life. This is priceless.  ​

 3. Photo Title: Invest in a girl, and everyone wins, Organisation: Scottish Love in Action, Photographer: Phil Barnes 

 Scottish Love in Action supports VOICE4Girls, an Indian NGO that works with girls aged between 13-15. VOICE4Girls aim to empower these girls to take charge of their futures, to remain in education and to resist forced labour, violence, early marriage and childbirth, in accordance with Indian law. This photo was taken by Philip Barnes, who volunteered with SLA in 2017, and with a group from across Scotland worked with over 200 girls as part of the VOICE Programme. ​

4. Photo Title: The importance of sanitation ​​​​​​, Organisation: WaterAid, Photographer: Manisha 

Manisha (16) was one of eight girls to take part in a photography and educational project run by WaterAid in her small rural village in Sindhuli, Nepal, where the girls picked up cameras for the first time to provide a fascinating insight into what life was like for them during their period. They ran a local exhibition to open up discussions around the restrictions that were placed on them and what is required for them to manage their periods hygienically and with dignity.

5. Photo Title: Peer-led adherence support for adolescents living with HIV and Disability, ​Organisation: Africaid Zvandiri , Photographer: Tinashe Grateful Rufurwadzo ​

Moreblessing – left; Tadi – right. Tadi (not actual name) is a 16-year-old girl from a high density suburb in Harare. In the picture, Tadi receives adherence support from Moreblessing, a Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS). Moreblessing reported Tadi’s case to the HIV and Disability team who assisted her to get professional assistance from a specialist. Tadi is now back at school as her hearing has greatly improved.

Photo Competition 2019

In summer 2019, we annouced the opening of our second annual photo compeitition, this time under the theme of sustainable development through the lens of gender. We received almost 100 entries from over 60 organisations and individuals involved in international development in Scotland and were blown away with the calibre of entries. On 6 November, we held our very first photo exhibition and reception. You can view a summary of the day, along with photos here. We also launched a 2020 Alliance Calendar, showcasing the work of our members. 

Top Entries from 2019:

1. Photo Title: Dr Isioma Okolo, Photographer: Rod Penn

Portrait of Dr Isioma Okolo getting ready to go out and teach emergency life-saving obstetric skills to Ugandan midwives, nurses and doctors in Masaka. This project aimed to improve the reproductive health of women in Masaka by teaching emergency obstetric skills, respectful maternity care and safe referrals to Ugandan health care workers.

2. Photo Title: The Frontline, Organisation: International Justice Mission (IJM),  Photographer: Quinn Neely

Widows are on the frontlines of property battles in Uganda. An IJM baseline study conducted in Mukono Country, Uganda, revealed that nearly one in three widows is a victim of property grabbing – a crime characterised by physical force, forgery, fraud, threats, destruction and violence.

3. Photo Title:  Healthy Soils, wholesome communities, Organisation: Gaia Education/UNITAR, Photographer: May East 

This project aimed to improve sustainable food security and livelihoods of 42 vulnerable communities of Southern Bangladesh. Over four years, women participated in a series of design for sustainable settlements, permaculture, and climate change intervention courses, acquiring practical skills in composting, vermiculture, mulching, herbal pesticides, and raised-bed cultivation.

4. Photo Title: Women leading the change, Organisation: Feed the Minda, Photographer: Hannah Walters

One of the health literacy facilitators from Feed the Minds’ local partner organisation in Nepal, ETSC, sitting with the materials she had been using to teach women and adolescent girls about maternal and child health.

5. Photo Title: A hand up for farmers, Organisation: A hand up for farmers, Photographer: John Carins 

The picture portrays Mathilde Nzamwitakuze with her 8-month-old son. With funding from the Scottish Government, Opportunity International UK, with its local partner Urwego Bank works to offer farmers like Mathilde access to loans and savings account, as well as training including Life Skills and Good Agricultural Practices.

Want to get involved in 2020?

Keep an eye peeled on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the annoucement of our 2020 photo competition. You can also sign up for the Alliance newsletter to be kept up to date with our work and events. 

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