IFES Announces Winners of the 2014 Photo Contest

Publication Date: 
16 Oct 2014

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Photo Contest! Since the first Photo Contest in 2009, submissions have continued to increase; this year we received over 500 submissions.

IFES’ Photo Contest aims to expand awareness of the people and institutions that help promote democracy and capture the voice of underrepresented populations around the world. Photos are judged by a panel of experienced photographers and subject matter experts for technical merit, relevance to the theme and ability to tell a story.

The 2014 Photo Contest features a grand prize winner, four winners in categories that reflect IFES' core themes and an additional winner voted on by IFES staff.

This year’s winners include:

Electoral Integrity and Transparency (Grand Prize Winner): Agus Siahaan, Indonesia, “Witnesses When Counting the Vote”

Election Management: Ritu Raj Konwar, India, “Polling Team Marching Through Sand”

Citizen Participation: Padam Pariyar, Nepal, “Touching EVM for the First Time”

Inclusion and Empowerment: Rajesh Dhungana, Nepal, “Democracy Movement”

IFES Choice: Supriya Biswas, India, “Pre-Election Campaign of Indian Rural Area”

The photos selected as winners and finalists are often used in IFES corporate outreach materials, annual reports, and online news stories and publications – all of which are distributed to thousands in the democracy development community. Additionally, the images can be expanded to poster size, framed and displayed at internal exhibitions, events and public spaces at IFES’ headquarters and in more than twenty field offices worldwide.

IFES congratulates all winners of the 2014 Photo Contest and thanks the judges and contestants for their participation. We look forward to submissions for next year’s contest!

Expert judges included Susan Biddle, freelance photographer and former Washington Post and White House staff photographer; Jamie Rose, senior partner in Momenta Group LLC; David Jandura, international travel photographer and expert in democracy and governance; Beverly Hagerdon Thakur, IFES Chief of Party in the Philippines; Chad Vickery, IFES Director for The Center for Applied Research and Learning; Serge Nanourou, IFES Chief of Party in Mali; and Ambar Zobairi, IFES Deputy Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa.