1 June 2017
Homeless children in Kolkata, India by Supriya Biswas, winner of the 2017 GCI Photo Competition
Homeless children in Kolkata, India by Supriya Biswas, winner of the 2017 GCI Photo Competition

GCI’s photography competition continues to grow in reach and popularity.

The institute received more than 90 entries by closing, including a strong showing from photographers across many parts of India and Bangladesh.

Our ‘Urban Food’ theme attracted diverse interpretations, ranging from insights into bee keeping to the mysteries of noodle making.

However, in the end, the judges’ decision was unanimous.

First prize for the 2017 Global Change Photography Competition has been awarded to Indian photographer Supriya Biswas for his provocative image entitled ‘Happiness’.

Supriya says the sight of homeless children rummaging for food in a rubbish dump is a reminder of the daily struggles faced by the world’s poor.

His image, taken in an urban area of Kolkata (AKA: Calcutta), is a confronting example of our collective responsibility to find better ways to feed and shelter the estimated 800 million people living in dire poverty around the world. Juxtaposed with that sobering message is the undeniable joy captured on the children’s faces; a pleasure that seems remarkably at odds with their Armageddon-like surroundings.

According to the international aid organisation Oxfam, India has the world’s third largest economy, but the situation for Indian people living in poverty is often complicated by societal influences such as their ‘social hierarchy’ which can see factors such as ‘gender, caste, religion and location’ encroaching on an individual’s access to work or land. Nearly 30 per cent of India's population lives on less than US$1.25 per day, Oxfam reports.

Find out more about Oxfam’s aid programs in India.

Supriya’s winning image, and a selection of other entries, will be displayed in the GCI auditorium later this year.


 

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