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'Global But Local': Winners from the 2021 Global Affairs Photography Competitions announced

The two winners and two runners-up submitted images on the theme of ‘Global But Local’. The photos will be shown in an exhibition next term.

Man and cow walking through forest in Cambodia
‘The harmony in this photo triggered me to critically reflect on the relationship among humans, animals and the natural environment’ – Yifei Huang

We are pleased to announce that Yifei Huang (Global Affairs MSc) and Rubian Renz Dalpian (International Development BA) are the winners from this year's photography competitions.

The winners were selected from the various School of Global Affairs photography competitions, held for students in the Global Institutes and the departments of International Development and Global Health & Social Medicine.

For the competition, students submitted images on the theme ‘Global but Local’ with a 100 word caption explaining the photo.

Global Institutes photo comp winner 2
'The Wakhan Valley (among the Afghan counterpart, the Wakhan Corridor) is undoubtedly one of the most remote places that I have been to and that I am aware of. Situated along the Panj river on a detour from the historically famous Pamir Highway, the Tuggoz village (where this picture was taken) lies about 700km away from the nearest cities with considerable facilities (Dushanbe and Osh), in either direction of travel no less than a 3-day drive. The remoteness of the village (with its stunning views of the Afghan Wakhan mountains) is a true questioning on the meaning of globalisation.' – Rubian Renz Dalpian

You can view the winning images on the School of Global Affairs Instagram. The photos will also be shown in an exhibition in The Exchange next term.

Mireille Kouyo (African Leadership Centre, PhD candidate), and Zohha Sarim (Global Health and Social Medicine BA) were also announced as runners up in the competition.

Global institutes photo comp runner up 1
‘I took this picture moments before we started our first ICS community outreach focus on sustainability and development in a high school in Bolgatanga. Our Team Leader Anna stood there and grabbed the attention of the pupils: turning the atmosphere of fears and confusion to an atmosphere of laughter. At that very moment, she captured the attention of the pupils by sharing a “Ghanian joke”. In 15 minutes she talked about a global issue in a local context, standing firm on her natural leadership. In loving memory of Anna Achea-Obuobi Addai.’ – Mireille Kouyo
Global institutes photo comp runner up 2
‘This was taken at a shop next to my favourite bakery back home. I used to walk to the square it’s in, buy ice cream and read here until it got dark so I could see the sign light up and the square empty out before I walked back home.’ – Zohha Sarim