Putin visits international jazz festival in Crimea’s KoktebelSociety & Culture August 21, 2:31
Militants launch shell on exhibition complex near Damascus - televisionWorld August 20, 15:27
Cardinal Parolin: Dialogue of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches to help them feel unitySociety & Culture August 20, 8:27
Polina Dibrova, mother of three, wins Mrs. Russia 2017 beauty pageantSociety & Culture August 20, 4:41
Russian emergencies ministry plane returns from firefighting mission in ArmeniaWorld August 20, 4:39
East Ukraine conflict claimed nearly 3,000 civilian lives — ICRCWorld August 20, 1:56
Renowned Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky turns 80Society & Culture August 20, 0:48
One of seven injured in Surgut stabbing spree in critical condition — authoritiesSociety & Culture August 19, 23:51
Netanyahu expects to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 23 — Israeli premier’s officeRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 19, 22:47
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The first prize winner of the 2014 CGAP Photo Contest is Soh Yew Kiat of Malaysia. A panel of three judges selected his photo, "Cormorant Fisherman," from a record number of 4,820 entries from professional and amateur photographers in 95 countries. The winning photo depicts a man in China practicing the vanishing craft of cormorant fishing – a traditional technique thousands of years old that involves training birds to catch fish.
The annual CGAP Photo Contest, which was launched in 2006, aims to highlight stand-out photography depicting financial inclusion around the world. Through strong photography, CGAP showcases the different ways in which poor households manage their financial lives and raises awareness about the importance of formal financial services for people at the base of the economic pyramid.
The judges selected "Cormorant Fisherman" because of the poetic and evocative way it tells a story. Cormorant fishermen, like the one in the photo, are typically involved in the tourism industry and their businesses benefit greatly from easier access to financial services.
"The photo captured a timeless image, paired with a modern story," explained Meghan Dhaliwal, Multimedia Projects Coordinator for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. "It's mythical-looking, and his clothes mirror the shape created by the wings of the bird," she added.
In addition to the compelling story behind the winning image, the judges said it was technically excellent. "The focus is on the fisherman, but the viewer can still see the beautiful details of the background," said Indira Williams Babic, Senior Manager of Visual Resources for the Newseum.
The 2014 Grand Prize is a $2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment.
The judges also selected second and third place winners as well as 27 regional winners, finalists, and special mentions, which were chosen for both technical excellence and depiction of the stories and faces behind financial inclusion. Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, Manager of Photo and Digital Assets for the American Red Cross, was particularly taken by the third prize winner from Tanzania. She noted that the image, entitled "Smallholder", taken by Hailey Tucker, was dynamic: "You can tell that the woman in the photo has a tough life, but in that moment she is completely in control."
A popular vote on CGAP.org determined a People's Choice winner: "Golden Dusk," submitted by Vishal Singh, of India. The picture depicts a boatman leading a sightseeing tour at Konark beach in Odisha, India. According to Singh, a nongovernmental organization provided the tour guide with his boat, which affords him his livelihood and the ability to support his family. The photo received 1,393 votes.
The 2014 panel of judges consisted of Indira Williams Babic, Senior Manager of Visual Resources at the Newseum, Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, Manager of Photo and Digital Assets for The Red Cross, and Meghan Dhaliwal, Multimedia Projects Coordinator for The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: www.multivu.com.