The Muhammad Ali Center, Generation Ali, and MensWork Inc. announce the 2013 First Annual “Shining a Light” International Photo Contest. The goal of this year’s competition is to showcase the global and systemic problem of violence against women and to highlight the actions individuals and organizations are currently taking to combat this issue.
In addition, the contest hosts will produce a documentary-style exhibition from 20 to 30 finalist photographs that will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky during November and January 2014, and subsequently in other venues to raise awareness and promote education
“Shining a Light: Working Together to End Violence against Women” The photographic submissions are asked to depict one or more of the following:
1. The impact of violence against women (not limited to physical and sexual violence, but uncovering other forms of violence and abuses of human rights as well) on communities across the world
2. Individuals or organizations engaging in actions to prevent violence against women
3. Solutions or actions that incorporate men’s activism or actions to prevent violence against women.
PRIZE DETAILS: A donation will be made by the contest hosts to the non-profit or non-governmental organization of choice of the first, second and third place winners in the following amounts:
ELIGIBILITY: Open to All
TTL POD (Photo of the Day) returned after 2 years and this is almost 1 moth where we can see one amazing picture every day from TTL Photo Pool.
Personally I am a keen viewer of each POD and also a member of selector pool. Today I was going through the PODs and I have selected by some of my personal pick form the last month PODs and its really worth sharing:
By kuntal Blaze D Costa
By Daude Helal Fahim
Great photos and congrats to all POD winners.
Saud A Faisal
11th June 2013
Dangerous Fishing in Mekong
Suthep Kritsanavarin (Thailand)
Time: August 4, 2007
Place: Siphandon, Laos
Over 4,000 from the melting snows of the Tibetan Plateau, and less than 800 kilometers from the South China Sea, the Mekong River passes through a part of Southern Laos known as “Siphandone” or the four thousand islands.
There are 25,000 species of fish in the world. The lower Mekong supports one of the most productive fisheries in the world – 2.6 million tons of fish caught each year provide up to 80% of the protein intake for 56 million people. Today 100,000 people live along the river banks and on the islands of “Siphandone”. It is in here that the most elaborate (and often dangerous) fisheries traditions and techniques have developed, based on a remarkable knowledge of the local ecology of the Mekong River, which has been handed down from generation to generation.
Iconic Portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh
It was one of the most famous portraits ever made. Some say it is the most reproduced image in history. It was on the cover of LIFE magazine when WWII ended. The photo was taken by one of the most famous portrait photographers, Yousef Karsh–known as Karsh of Ottawa–on 30 December, 1941, after Churchill gave a speech to Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. [On the 60th anniversary of that famous speech, Canada honored Karsh and Churchill with a commemorative stamp featuring above photo.]
Karsh was hired by the Canadian government to do this portrait and knew he would have very little time to make the picture. He began by researching Churchill, taking notes on all of the prime minister’s habits, quirks, attitudes and tendencies. When he finally got Churchill seated in the chair, with lights blazing, Churchill snapped “You have two minutes. And that’s it, two minutes.” The truth was that Churchill was angry that he had not been told he was to be photographed; he lit a fresh cigar and puffed mischievously.
Karsh asked Churchill to remove the cigar in his mouth, but Churchill refused. Karsh walked up to Churchill supposedly to get a light level and casually pulled the signature cigar from the lips of Churchill and walked back toward his camera. As he walked he clicked his camera remote, capturing the ‘determined’ look on Churchill’s face, which was in fact a reflection of his indignantcy. Karsh recounted: “I stepped toward him and without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, ‘Forgive me, Sir’ and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant I took the photograph. The silence was deafening. Then Mr Churchill, smiling benignly, said, ‘You may take another one.’ He walked toward me, shook my hand and said, ‘You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.’”
Iconic Photo: Vulture Stalking a Child
In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. (The parents of the girl were busy taking food from the same UN plane Carter took to Ayod).
The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time on March 26, 1993 as ‘metaphor for Africa’s despair’. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run an unusual special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Journalists in the Sudan were told not to touch the famine victims, because of the risk of transmitting disease, but Carter came under criticism for not helping the girl. ”The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene,” read one editorial.
Carter eventually won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo, but he couldn’t enjoy it. “I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up,” he confided in a friend. Consumed with the violence he’d witnessed, and haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate, he committed suicide three months later.
TTL just came back from it’s monsoon “Haor” visit from Shunamgonj, Sylhet. TTL visits every year to this place to refresh themselves in pure rain water in the middle of huge water land. This year i could not be part of this and was going through the pictures taken by TTLers and I was really wondering by the beauty of Bangladesh…. sometimes i thought i was dreaming… is this the same country where i live in?
I love you Bangladesh and never seen such beauty…..
I just picked some random shots from my friends below: