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Malaria Photo Contest: Winners announced!

April 22, 2013 - 12:56 -- Bart G.J. Knols

MalariaWorld is proud to have sponsored the Malaria Photo Contest that was organised by the Swiss Malaria Group. The winners were announced today in the following media release...

Geneva, 22 April 2013. On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2013, the Swiss Malaria Group announce the winners of the photo contest “Malaria: The Big Picture”. The online photo contest and subsequent exhibition was organised by the Swiss Malaria Group to highlight the reality of those living at risk of malaria and the work of those dedicated to changing that reality. 

Since 2000, thanks to the scale-up of malaria control measures, such as bed nets, insecticide spraying, diagnosis and effective medicines, the world has made major progress in reducing suffering and death associated with malaria. Many countries have been able to eliminate the disease from their borders. Endemic countries are making the commitment to control and eliminate malaria, and new tools and approaches are being developed to support this work. For the first time in history, defeating the disease altogether is within reach. 
The fight against malaria has been one of our best investments in global health to date. Yet, these recent gains are increasingly threatened by a shortfall in funding. It is critically important that we pool all possible resources to stay the course, as malaria resurgence will remain a persistent threat until the disease is eradicated altogether.
To celebrate the gains and highlight the critical need to maintain the momentum, between 15 February and 24 March, photographers from around the world submitted more than 700 photos in three categories (people, healthcare & control, and research & development) to the contest. The public were then invited to vote before 7 April to determine a shortlist and the final winners were chosen by an international panel of judges.  
First-place winners, selected by the judges, will receive a new Fuji camera and CHF 400 in cash. Runners-up, in second to fifth place, will receive one of a series of cash prizes: 2nd: CHF 400; 3rd: CHF 300; 4th: CHF 200; 5th: CHF 100.
“The competition is one of the strongest I have seen,” said David Burnett, one of the contest’s judges and three times World Press Photo jury member. “There is a wonderful combination of 'reportage' and portraits, and together they provide a very impressive selection of photographs highlighting the efforts to help people in malaria-infested locations. I’m happy to have been involved in judging; it’s really important to support photographers who are telling stories about malaria and bringing the issues of prevention and treatment into the public eye.”
“The Swiss Malaria Group thanks Fuji Switzerland for their generous donation of three cameras as first prizes, the fifteen organisations  that provided their promotional support and our expert jury panel for their selection,” said Dr Thomas Teuscher of Roll Back Malaria. “We hope that the contest will not only raise awareness about malaria but encourage other organisations to join the group and make it even stronger in the years to come.”
 “Photos have the ability to open the door on a world never seen before,” Gerhard Siegfried, Head of East and Southern Africa Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. “Photos submitted to the contest have not only opened that door to malaria but have also allowed us to step through and see the bigger picture; the victims of malaria, the tools and interventions that can save them from the disease and the people working to develop those tools. I invite you to see the big picture for yourself.”
The Swiss Malaria Group will mark World Malaria Day 2013 and announce the winners at 18h00, 22 April 2013 at the Malaria Vaccines for the World conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the winning photos will be displayed. The winners and runners-up can also be viewed via the online exhibition from 22 April 2013. Congratulations to our winners, which are as follows: 
Category 1: People
1st: Dimple Pancholi: ‘Untitled’ (Animals too must be protected from mosquitoes to safeguard the livelihood of the family. The little girl places food beside the cow.
Chhota Udaipur, India)
2nd: Somenath Mukhopadhyay: ‘Look beyond’
3rd: Rabin Chakrabarti: ‘Preventing mosquito bites’
4th: Allan Jay Quesada: ‘Poverty and malaria risks’
5th: Fabian Biasio: ‘Children jumping into the water’
Category 2: Health care and control
1st: Sandipan Majumdar: ‘Malaria prevention’ (Local government sprays mosquito oil to prevent malaria at one of the largest fairs in the world. The great Kumbha Fair is a Hindu festival held once every 12 years in one of four sacred sites, where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially efficacious.
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India)
2nd: Andre Laas: ‘The art of war’
3rd: Matthieu Zellweger: ‘Unpacking the net’
4th: Sarah Hoibak: ‘Spaceman? No, vector-man!’
5th: Oliver Lassen: ‘Two for one’
Category 3: Research and development
1st: Jennifer Jackson: ‘Bloodsuckers’ (Sadly, this experiment did not work and the mosquitoes ate the scientist. South Africa, Durban)
2nd: Konstantin Ikonomidis: ‘Thermal (un)comfort of a bed net’
3rd: Quique Bassat: ‘Looking for a patient's missing file’
4th: Andre Laas: ‘Know the enemy’
5th: Ken Mwai: ‘See it large, see it minute’
MalariaWorld would like to congratulate the winners... and obviously we are keen to hear your opinion on the winning entries. What do you think?