CGAP Announces Winner of 2012 Photography Contest
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The winner of the 2012 CGAP Photo Contest is Yavuz Sariyildiz of Turkey. His photo won out over a record number of 2,500 entries from professional and non-professional photographers from over 80 countries around the world. The photo, “Smoke of Charcoal,” depicts men separating charcoal to scale in order to sell at a local market.
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“I started photography in 2004. Immediately, it became a passion,” said Sariyildiz, who was previously assistant general manager responsible for small and medium enterprises at a leading Turkish bank. “After 25 years of my banking career I quit in 2009. Now I am a full time freelance photographer. My banking experience is helping me communicate easily with very small producers and enterprises to create new documentary projects. Now I am still working with them, but this time the subject is their lives through photography.”
For a full gallery of the winning photos, please visit www.cgap.org/photos-videos/2012-cgap-photo-contest
The judges also selected 28 other photos from around the world as finalists, which were highlighted for their technical skill, emotional impact or ability to convey the story of financial inclusion. Of particular note was the third prize winner, “Happiness,” from Wang Xiaohong of China, which the judging panel commended for its emotional energy.
For the first time this year, a popular vote on CGAP.org also determined a People’s Choice winner. The winning photo, “The Book Suffers,” portrays a bookseller in one of Baghdad’s largest markets.
Photographers from over 80 countries made this the most competitive year so far in the Contest, now in its seventh year. Entries were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The panel of judges consisted of Anne Farrar, Photo Editor at The Washington Post, Chris Combs, Photo Editor at National Geographic, Suzanne Lemakis, Director of Fine Art at Citigroup, and Susan Sterner, Director of New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.
The annual CGAP Photo Contest aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals depicting microfinance around the world. The Contest draws thousands of entries from all regions of the world. Over the years, the photo contest has resulted in a remarkable set of images, showcasing the different ways in which poor households use microfinance and how financial inclusion can improve the lives of the poor. This year’s grand prize is a $2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.
Full list of Winners of the 2012 CGAP Photo Contest Grand Prize East Asia and Pacific Thread Factory Smoke of Charcoal Regional Winner Joydeep Mukherjee, India Yavuz Sariyildiz, Turkey Bean Seller Mohammad Nazri bin Sulaiman, Indonesia Women Shop Second Prize Joydeep Mukherjee, India Warmhouse in Siberia Special Mentions Andrey Rudakov, Russia Shine Miles to Go Dinh Manh Tai, Vietnam Prakash Hatvalne, India Third Prize Happiness Craftsman of Ceramic The Slivery Dreams Wang Xiaohong, China Yavuz Sariyildiz, Turkey Abdul Aziz Apu, Bangladesh People's Choice Musical Shop Drying Paddy The Book Suffers Kaushik Majumder, India Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Bangladesh Qayssar Alwarda, Iraq Siberian Fisherman Chicken Barbecue Sub-Saharan Africa Andrey Rudakov, Russia Yavuz Sariyildiz, Turkey Regional Winner Harvesting Seaweed Finalists Hay Wim Opmeer, Tanzania Against the Wind Anvar Khodzhaniyavoz, Uzbekistan Vo Anh Kiet, Vietnam Middle East and North Africa Seasonal Worker Regional Winner To Catch Fish Erkan Kalenderli, Turkey Life Ngo Quang Phuc, Vietnam Reza Golchin, Iran Goat Feeder Alabio Duck Shepherd Omer Gencal, Turkey Latin America and Caribbean Andi Sucirta, Indonesia Regional Winner Anchovy Season Haitian Artist Traditional Boat Makers Ngo Quang Phuc, Vietnam Joseph Molieri, Haiti Andi Sucirta, Indonesia Mobile Credit Officer South Asia Floating Market Ariel Slaton, Nicaragua Regional Winner Andi Sucirta, Indonesia Dry Fish The Machinist KM Asad, Bangladesh Raniel Jose Castaneda, The Philippines
CGAP (The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is the world’s leading resource for the advancement of microfinance. CGAP provides the financial industry, governments and investors with objective information, expert opinion, and innovative solutions to effectively expand access to finance for poor people around the world. More information: www.cgap.org.