Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Photos documenting Abt Associates’ role in improving agricultural productivity in South Sudan, childhood nutrition in Tanzania, and maternal health in Nigeria took top honors during Abt’s Third Annual Real-World Impact Photo Contest.
The photo contest spotlights the talent of Abt’s staff, who work in more than 60 countries and whose pictures show how Abt-led programs are helping people around the world. This year’s contest received 59 entries, which were narrowed to 20 finalists. The finalists are displayed below in a slideshow.
Abt Associates Executive Vice President Jay L. Knott – a contest judge – announced the winners on June 11 during an annual meeting of Abt international project directors. The photos were judged for their technical competency, composition, originality, and relevance in showing Abt’s impact.
“This year more than 800 billion photos are expected to be taken,” Knott said, citing an estimate by Yahoo. “Abt’s staff proves that quality still stands out in this tidal wave of selfies, food pictures, and other throwaway images.”
FIRST PLACE (shown in slideshow below)
Rebecca Riccitello, State Coordinator for EES for the USAID Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project for her photo of Margaret Oliver of Magwi County, South Sudan. Oliver won second place — and an ox plow! — at the 2nd Annual Eastern Equatoria Agricultural Show, organized in October 2013 by Abt Associates through the FARM project. The project is building farming capacity and pride in agricultural achievements in part through events such as this. Oliver won for her produce and her knowledge of good agronomical practices and post- harvest handling.
SECOND PLACE (shown in slideshow below)
Brie Blacklidge, Communications Specialist, USAID Tuboreshe Chakula project, for her photo of a government official in the Rift Valley town of Dareda, Tanzania feeding porridge with Virutubishi to a local child. The Abt Associates-led project carried out a month-long campaign to educate mothers, caregivers, health workers, local government officials, and the public on the importance of adding Virutubishi micronutrient powder to food given to children aged six months to five years.
THIRD PLACE (shown in slideshow below)
Vera Onyeaka, Communications Specialist, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2) for her photo of, Amina Abdu (right), a PATHS2 volunteer with Gurum Primary Health Center in the Tsanyawa local government area of Kano state, Nigeria. Abdu is demonstrating hand washing to women in PATHS2-supported health facilities. Abdu also talks to women about the danger signs in pregnancy, proper nutrition, and other topics. PATHS2 is funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.