Action Against Hunger's Blazej Mikula is Outstanding Winner in InterAction's Fifth Annual Photo Contest
InterAction's annual photography contest traditionally focuses on the tremendous work done by humanitarian agencies in the field. The amazing submissions help raise awareness about the impact of the humanitarian work, and the powerful images introduce the American public to the enterprising spirit of the people around the world.
This contest provides an opportunity for photographers to add their voice to the rest of the international relief and development community, by communicating the character and heart of the work. This year, InterAction challenged contributors to submit pictures that would lay down the foundation to the 2007 Annual Forum theme, "Setting a Bold Agenda for Relief and Development."
The judges selected Blazej Mikula's "Breastfeeding in Sudan" as an outstanding winner. Blazej visited our Therapeutic Feeding Centers (TFC) in southern Sudan in 2005, as a volunteer photographer. This photograph, showing a mother and child, is a scene from one of Action Against Hunger's TFCs, located in Bahr el Ghazal, southern Sudan. It highlights the importance of breastfeeding, and is a perfect picture of a mother's care, a scene quite common at Action Against Hunger's therapeutic feeding centers throughout the world.
The grand prize winner was a photo by Peter Biro of the International Rescue Committee: "Coffee Sessions Help Darfur Women Overcome War Trauma (Sudan)". The other winners were John Rae: "Backstage at the Palais Royal (Jamaica), Jim Stipe: "Mohammad Azeem's Goats (Pakistan), Jon Warren of World Vision: "Laudi (Niger)", and Bill Weaver of Lutheran World Relief: "The 'Right to be Silly' (Nicaragua)".
This is the second time Action Against Hunger has won an award at InterAction's Annual Photography Contest. The last time was in 2004, when Jeffrey Austin's photo of Cambodian fieldworkers won InterAction's grand prize.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.