Soni Ramesh of India bagged the First Prize in the Amateur Category, while India’s Partha Pratim Saha and Canada’s Michel Lagueux won Second and Third, respectively. Meanwhile winners in the Professional Category are Joel Forte (First Place) of the Philippines, Dani Pozo (Second Place) of Spain, and Pansiri Pikunkaew (Third Place) of Thailand.
Judges include Raffy Lerma, senior photojournalist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rouelle Umali, senior photojournalist from Xinhua News Agency, Chris Morris, Head of the ADB NGOC and the ASSIST team.
ASSIST also held a popularity contest at the venue of the ADB Annual Meet, during which the attendees cast their votes. The winners were Dani Pozo for the Professionals, and Mukherjee Sandipan for the Amateurs.
Carrying the theme Achieving Inclusive Growth through Partnerships in a World of Seven Billion, the competition calls for "images that capture the challenges that the world of seven billion faces, as well as the efforts being taken by various stakeholders – governments, non-profits, industries and the communities – to resolve them, with inclusive growth as the overarching theme."
Through this initiative for the ADB NGO Center, ASSIST hopes to educate, alert, and more importantly, inspire people to act.
Entries to the photo competition showed any or a combination of the following themes: Addressing Climate Change, Gender and Development, and Managing the Effects of Disasters and Food Security.
The winning photographs may be viewed at the http://www.assistasia.wordpress.com/
ASSIST is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic, and environmental challenges.
It is presently based in Makati City, but also has operations in India and Vietnam and manages projects in over 10 countries. Through its Partner to Progress philosophy, it has successfully implemented such projects in collaboration with the European Union, United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, and DEG/ KFW amongst other organizations. #