This year, being chosen as one of the top three photos in Abt Associates’ Sixth Annual Real World Impact Photo Contest was more difficult than ever before.
“Our annual photo contest brings Abt’s impact around the world to life, as seen through the eyes of staff,” said Mary Maguire, Abt Associates chief communications officer. “This was our best contest yet – the quality and number of entries was outstanding.”
Abt staff from around the globe submitted 100 images for the annual contest, which were narrowed to 15 finalists by Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Jay L. Knott, and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer Scott Hefter.
The three winners were selected through a combination of staff votes and Instagram likes. Three images rose above the rest: A photo of a young girl in Papua New Guinea – the beneficiary of malaria prevention campaigns; an eye-grabbing portrait of an Ethiopian mother and child – both beneficiaries of a community-based health insurance program; and a selfie from a staffer based in the U.S. who went out of her way to understand the stigma Sikhs experience.
Congratulations to the three winners:
First place: Sarah MacCana, project manager, Australia-China-Papua New Guinea Pilot Cooperation on Malaria Control Project, for her photo of a child in Papua New Guinea who Abt is protecting from malaria;
Second place: Ayenew Haileselassie, communications advisor, Health Finance and Governance/Health Sector Finance Reform project, for his compelling portrait of a Ethiopian woman and her child, beneficiaries of the Abt-supported community-based health insurance program there; and
Third place: Helga Luest, senior communications manager, Division of Health and Environment, for her selfie depicting how just one change – in this case, wearing a Sikh turban – can change people’s attitudes and opinions.
View the 15 finalists.
Read about previous Abt photo contests:
- Images of Healthy Schoolkids in Fiji, Malaria Fighters in Zambia Win 2016 Abt Photo Contest
- TB Testing Innovation, Photo of Maternal Health Efforts Receive Awards During Annual Abt Project Leaders Conference
- Impact Through Photography: Announcing the Abt 2014 Photo Contest Winners