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Global Lessons

Prize winning student photographers

3 March 2011

The annual Global Lessons Elective Photography awards were held last night showcasing nearly 200 images taken by this year’s final year MBBS students on their elective placement last summer. Students travelled across the globe from Peru to Kathmandu. Many King’s students travel to low and middle income countries where health systems are often underdeveloped and under-resourced. The images entered into the competition document students’ personal stories of the people and healthcare professionals they meet, often in challenging circumstances.

The photographs were shortlisted by an esteemed panel of judges including professional photographer, CJ Clarke; Wellcome Temporary Exhibitions curator, Kate Forde, Insight Guide picture editor, Steven Lawrence; Dr Oliver Johnson and Mr Andy Leather from King’s Health Partners Global Health Centre.

Each judge gave their own category of award and an overall winner. The ‘People’s choice’ was chosen by those who attended the event: 

People’s choice – Nadia Ramjohn won with her picture of ‘A Woman of courage - The first woman in her Masai Mara tribe to oppose female circumcision for her child’, taken in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Spirit of the elective – awarded by Dr Oliver Johnson and Andy Leather to Nadia Ramjohn for her image, ‘Shortage of doctors - Old and broken beds piled up outside Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, with no doctor in sight’, also taken on her elective placement in Zanzibar, Tanzinia. 

A sense of place – awarded by Stephen Lawrence to Zoe Malik-Kemp for her image, ‘The Art of suturing - Late night suturing of an injury from a motor car accident’ taken in the Hopital Regional de Loretto, Peru.

Compelling storytelling – awarded by Kate Forde to William Scotton for ‘Un-insured - An eight year old boy standing on a street corner three blocks from The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA.’

Technical & artistic award – awarded by CJ Clarke to Edwin Halliday for his ‘NYC Taxi - A taxi drives through Times Square in Manhattan, New York.’

The photographs will be on display for the next week in the Gordon Museum. A gallery of shortlisted competition entries is available to view here.

This year the competition was also a House event, and the House with the most votes was Thomas Addison.  In second place came Lister; third, Astley Cooper and in fourth place were Cicely Saunders.


For more information on the Clinical Elective Placement click here


global lessons slideshow
Massai woman with her baby


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