Capture Corruption: 18-30 age group winners

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We teamed up with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Anti-Corruption Conference to launch “Capture Corruption”, a global photo competition looking for the most powerful images of corruption and its devastating impact on lives around the world.

We received more than 1,500 entries from around the world – images exposing injustice, exploitation and the activists who are fighting back.

Image of Jesse GarciaHere are the winners from the 18 to 30 year old category. The award for this category is given in remembrance of Jesse Garcia who was a filmmaker and photographer at Transparency International. Jesse was a firm believer in the power of photos and videos in fighting corruption.

A.M. Ahad
A young girl works at a plastic recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2006, the government passed a law setting the minimum legal age for employment as 14, but the problem remains widespread - 93 per cent of child labourers are employed in the informal sector, such as small factories and workshops, on the street, in home-based businesses and domestic employment. (2014)
“Being a photojournalist, I have had to see and document uncountable instances of corruption. Witnessing them nearly every work day, it is perhaps normal to get used to the occurrences. To me, the main motivation to photograph the effects of corruption is because countless number of children are being affected by it. And that is something I can never accept or get used to.”
AM AhadA.M Ahad was born in 1989 and is currently working as a photojournalist at Associated Press (AP) based in Bangladesh. He is a graduate in Mass Communication and Media studies from Stamford University Bangladesh and completed his post-graduation in Photojournalism at the Asian Centre for Journalism as a full scholar at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines.
Bernardo Salce
One of the thousands forcedly evicted from the Boeung Kak Lake, Cambodia. Mouen fell out of a palm tree while collecting leaves to rebuild the shack where he was living, at a dump site outside Phnom Penh. The fall nearly killed him and he was left unattended at a public hospital for almost a week: he didn’t have money to pay the unofficial fees required by the doctors. Helped by a local NGO, Mouen had surgery at another hospital. Corruption in health, at both governmental and local levels, is a barrier to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, weakening already fragile health systems and reinforcing social and economical inequality. (2015)
“It was a great responsibility to try and give a face to the negative impacts of corruption on the healthcare system. My motivation was to offer Mouen an opportunity to share his story and, hopefully, raise awareness about the many challenges most Cambodians currently face.”
Bernardo SalcePhotography is my passport to beautiful places and inspiring stories; it’s the platform through which I try to express myself and make a positive change in society. I feel fortunate to be able to call it both passion and profession, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has been my home for almost two years now.
Alice Smeets
Raxaul, India. Employees of PRAYAS, an NGO fighting against child trafficking, question a boy in the train and discover that he is being trafficked. Every Saturday at 5pm a train leaves the bordertown to reach Mumbai. Every week, the team of PRAYAS searches the entire train to rescue trafficked children. Corruption is increasingly cited as a key cause and traffickers rarely face justice. Corruption both facilitates trafficking and feeds the flow of people by destabilising democracies, weakening a country’s rule of law and stalling development. (2013)
“Photographing the effects of corruption is part of my life’s mission to spread the truth about what’s really happening in our world. I use my photos to share my observations, and I believe in the possibility of change through education.”
AM AhadPhotographer. Journalist. Filmmaker. Artist. Project Manager. Teacher. Traveller. There isn’t just one word to describe what Alice Smeets is doing. She is a free spirit. She follows her heart and makes her dreams and ideas come true, all in the pursuit of opening people’s eyes to what’s really happening in our world and at the same time exposing the beauty so that change can happen.
Dipayan Bhar
In India, a young girl waters the last remaining plant in a field destroyed by drought. Despite promising water for farming, local leaders have reportedly diverted it to supply factories instead. Every year, several farmers commit suicide. (2015)
“My aspiration is to be a photojournalist and this is why the subject matter of environmentalism and corruption attracts me. I took this photo to show the world what happens to society when there is a shortage of water.”
AM AhadDipayan Bhar started with photography in 2011, and since then has had his photos exhibited through a competition held by the West Bengal Government as well as at the 24th National Photography Contest, and has won awards from Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation and the 3rd National Photography Awards. He also received the title Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015.
Anup Ghimire
Not every child gets to go to school, despite the constitution mandating access to education. Across rural and urban areas, there are many well funded NGOs in the education sector. But with so many children out of school, where does their money go? (2013)
“Capturing realities and emotions and disclosing them to society has always been something that motivated me to take the media as a filed of work and study. I see media as a mirror of the society depicting the realities. I think the power to bring and initiate change is a factor that motivates me to capture the effect of corruption. ”
AM AhadI am a photographer and a multimedia artist. A graduate of multimedia technologies, I have engaged myself through photo and video with capturing moments that tell a story and deliver emotions. Besides working as a technical person, I also manage a team of equally talented and motivated photo/video enthusiasts. I also share my knowledge through monthly free and paid workshop on photography, videography and editing.
Tony Maake
In South Africa, water remains a luxury - 21 years after the transition to democracy, many still wait for taps and effective sewage systems to be built. The only operational taps in this neighbourhood are a considerable distance away, making the collection of water a daunting task for the aging and exposing children to illness and safety hazards. There should be enough capital and resources to assist the poor, but funds reportedly end up in the pockets of politicians. (2015)
“I am one of those courageous resilient photographers who are never afraid to tell the untold, uncomfortable hidden stories that are caused by corruption – in order to build hope, fix bleeding souls and, most importantly, educate those who are uneducated through building bridges and breaking barriers. I am fearless to teach the world with a camera in my hand.”
AM AhadTony Maake, born in Johannesburg at Katlehong, is a passionate photographer, storyteller, street fashion creative, poet, artist and entrepreneur, studying Molecular Biology at University of Stellenbosch and working at Stellenbosch Water Institute. He’s the founder for T.H (Tonys houz) Children’s foundation to support African children living under extremely poor conditions. He received an award as one of the finalists for a photo contest Swedish Innovations – South African Interpretations.
Mauro Pimentel
Protesters attempt to break into and set fire to the Legislative Assembly of the state of Rio de Janeiro during the first night of protests which mobilised Brazil against corruption in the country. Police remained trapped inside the building. More than a million people took to the streets in the city, in what became known as the "June Days". (2013)
“Brazil is a country where corruption is a way of life for many people. To investigate and photograph the consequences of these acts is a continuous effort to improve our society by exposing our flaws.”
AM AhadMauro Pimentel, 29, is a photojournalist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He explores the conjunction of photos, videos and sounds to create new narrative possibilities.
Sony Ramany
In Bangladesh, students attend classes without shelter after a politician illegally occupies school land and evicts the students from the school building. (2014)
“In Bangladesh, corruption persists everywhere. Corruption has spread like cancer here, where a person can hardly get jobs done without bribery, especially in the government sector. I feel the country needs a collective effort to get rid of corruption, and I would like to do my part of the job as a journalist.”
AM AhadBorn on 31 December 1991, Sony Ramany has been working as a junior photographer at New Age, a leading English language national daily in Dhaka, for three years. He joined the photography profession at the age of 20 when he had just completed high school and intermediate college. In 2013, he won the first prize Transparency International’s “Capture Corruption” photo competition.
Sujan Sarkar
Sand mining brings in tremendous profits, and the potential to make big money has resulted in corruption and the violation of established regulations. With disregard for environmental regulations, the sand mining sector destroys shorelines, increases the risk of floods, and disturbs the marine ecosystem. Mining along river beds increases their depth, disrupting agricultural canal systems and damaging farmland. Reports indicate that workers involved in sand mining face significant occupational hazards and health effects such as silicosis and cancer. (2015)
“I am compelled to photograph the effects of corruption due to recent environmental changes stemming population growth, deforestation, soil erosion, etc – and the human tendency to negatively affect the environment for personal gain. These changes remain a question mark for the upcoming generation.”
AM AhadSujan Sarkar is a school teacher by profession, and photography is his passion. For him photography is a means of union among humanity, joining people together in the same feelings – it is a voiceless weapon which can demolish the barrier of time and bring forward the identities of the unidentified. He wants to use photography to reduce the distances and the differences among people.
Om Velasco
In the Philippines, a pregnant woman leaves a long line of people waiting for aid. Two weeks after Typhoon Sendong, her community is still devastated. There’s little food and water, livelihoods are gone, and families live in tents with little protection from sun and rain. Surrounding them are traces of the typhoon’s fury – wreckage litters the ground and bodies lie unclaimed on the streets. Approximately 1,200 people died and the damage is pegged at P2 billion (US$43 million). The Philippine government was criticised for failing to manage relief efforts properly and ensure life-saving aid reached victims. (2011)
“In societies where corruption is systemic and perpetuated by the political structure, photography can be a way of saying ‘Yes, we know what you are doing,’ and ‘No, we are not okay with it.”
AM AhadOm Narayan Velasco teaches literature and creative and critical writing at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He was a fellow at the Angkor Photo Workshop for young photographers in Asia. He is currently working on a photo project about internal migration in urban spaces.

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