2013 Youth Photo Competition Winners
Illustrate the negative effects that corruption has on your world
"Corruption has spread like cancer in our society. Wherever we go, we can hardly get our jobs done without bribery, especially in the government sector… Everybody can contribute positively to his or her society through their work to make it a better place to live. I have chosen through my profession to fight against the odds the factors that make me a victim within my own society. I chose to be a photographer because I believe a photograph can tell a story easily and can influence people who cannot even read or write."
A man shows dead fish from a lake in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Environmental groups frequently protest that industrial pollutants are discharged into the lake, in violation of regulations and of a High Court order against river pollution. 27 June 2013
"Corruption is affecting every echelon of society. But the worst damage is done to those people with limited means and knowledge. Access to information and social awareness can keep this social evil under control."
A money lender in a crowded market in Bangalore. Money lenders are considered a godfather and guardian of the underdog, but the lending system has minimal transparency and the poor and illiterate risk being robbed without any rights or access to any information. 5 December 2009
"I am involved in outreach programmes that often allow me to travel into the remotest parts of the country. And it is during these travels that I encounter and witness the hardships faced by some of my countrymen and women due to a lack of support from the government."
A bridge is meant to provide fast and safe connections for people. Not so for this bridge in southern Luzon, Philippines. Public works and highway departments are allocated a budget to build a bridge. But what if the bridge is unfinished? How do people get to work and schoolchildren to their classrooms? Are they supposed to wade across the waters and pray they don’t get swept away or get sick? Do we simply turn a blind eye and let them suffer endlessly, oblivious to the needs? Photo taken early 2013
"As a visual documentary photographer, I’m quite interested in documenting the social impact of corruption, which could be political or economic."
Garment workers were crushed and their dead bodies trapped in debris after the eight-story Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed and 2,500 injured in the worst disaster to hit Bangladesh’s fast‐growing and politically powerful garment industry. For those attempting to improve conditions for workers who are paid as little as US$38 a month, it is a grim reminder that corporate social responsibility programmes are failing to deliver on lofty promises. 25 April 2013
Every month, residents of Ongata‐Rongai, Rift Valley Province, in Kenya pay the local town council approximately 300 Kenyan shillings (US$3.37) for garbage collections services, only to step out of their homes in the small township to find the garbage dumped in the heart of the town. Where do the large sums of money go?
Bangladeshi people raise their hands against corruption at a commitment programme in Dhaka, Bangladesh, pledging to combat corruption. 27 September 2012
"My camera has always been with me. In 2010 I joined a local Amnesty International group, learning about political injustice and corruption. That’s when I got more and more interested in social documentary photography."
In 1984 in Bhopal, India, one of the largest industrial disasters occurred. Almost 30 years after the explosion at the Union Carbide chemical plant, people still suffer the consequences. Groundwater is contaminated with chemicals causing severe mental and physical damage to children before they are born. Eight people have received minimal sentences, while victims receive little state support. The former manager of Union Carbide spends his retirement in Long Island, New York. This photo shows a Bhopal mother holding her disabled child at the Chingari Rehabilitation Centre, Bhopal. 10 January 2013
"With photography you hope to try to educate people through your images and explain what is happening in the world."
The police in the United Kingdom are not seen as transparent and people do not feel they can trust them, due to corruption that is rife in the force. Riots and anarchy have broken out in many parts of the UK as people rebel against the government, the banks and the police for not serving the community’s interest. The police are making society crack. Cardiff, Wales, March 2012
"I shoot violations of the law with my camera and spread them through social networks, thus struggling for a democratic society in my country."
In Azerbaijan, freedom of expression is vigorously suppressed. This photo shows what a person who is demanding his or her rights faces in my country: police brutality and harassment. The police forbid people from voicing their opinions or from seeing reality. This shows the consequences a protester faced at a gathering in the centre of Baku organized by the opposition parties in March 2012.
Leather scraps from nearby tanneries are illegally burnt in a furnace at the Dhapa dump in West Bengal in an attempt to produce fertilizers, adding to Calcutta's pollution problem. 25 February 2013
The more than 500 digital photos submitted were judged using the following criteria:
The views expressed in the photographs and the essays for this Transparency International competition are those of the contestants and do not necessarily represent the views of Thomson Reuters Foundation and Transparency International.