SPOTLIGHT/December 6, 2012

Dear Spotlight Readers:


With the deadline approaching tomorrow for the Photography Fellowship in Africa, I do want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary work that has been submitted by photographers the world over and to recognize particularly those who have submitted projects on health-related issues in Africa. While the Fellowship application does not require that the submissions address healthcare in Africa, many do simply because the work of the Fellows will be in Africa for Management Sciences for Health, a leading global health organization.

While we are only able to award three Fellowships, all the work that has been submitted warrants recognition as a testament to the tremendous challenges millions of Africans face daily to access basic health care, and the extraordinary work that so many people from Africa and the rest of the world are doing to improve the lives and healthcare of citizens of this vast continent.

Click here to view all the work submitted to the Fellowship and you will see for yourself the breadth and quality of work, and the commitment by both photographers and healthcare workers to this struggle.

It is our goal at SDN that these online exhibits will be viewed by thousands the world over and will contribute to the global conversation on issues of global importance. The submission of your work to the Fellowship, or as a standard SDN exhibit, are an important part of this conversation and I do thank you and commend you deeply for your work and for contributing it to this conversation on SDN.  


Best regards, 


Glenn Ruga
SDN Founder and Director     



Featured Exhibits   



Photograph by Magda Rakita. Portrait of a woman waiting for her turn to see a doctor at TASO outreach clinic. 


The AIDS Support Organisation, North Uganda         

Gulu, Uganda
Photographs by Magda Rakita      

Approximately 940,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The work of many NGOs and the government has led to dramatic reduction in HIV prevalence. The Aids Support Organisation (TASO) was founded originally as an informal support group among 15 friends affected by HIV/AIDS. Today TASO is the largest indigenous NGO providing HIV/AIDS services in Uganda and Africa, having supported over 200,000 directly since its inception. The organisation provides patients and their families with counseling and support needed to deal with the many social issues associated with HIV/AIDS.    


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Photography Fellowship in Africa

Three photographers will be awarded a $4,000 fellowship, plus travel expenses, to spend two weeks working in Africa to document the global health projects of Management Sciences for Health.  

Deadline for entries: December 7, 2012

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Other Recently Added Exhibits


Crisis to Hope: Child Maternal Health in Democratic Republic of Congo 

Loran Hollander
DRC has one of the highest maternal mortality rates (one in thirteen women die in child birth) and the fifth highest under-five mortality rate in the world.


Easing the Burden

Ryan Dorgan
More than 140,000 HIV-positive clients have been served by AMPATH's urban and rural health clinics, and over 500,000 Kenyans have welcomed community-based social workers into their homes for education, counseling, and HIV testing.


The Story of Nothing

Juan Herrero
During the Arab Spring, the Yemeni economy contracted by 50% and inflation reached 23%.


Girl Child Concerns

Tiana Markova-Gold
Founded in 2004 by a group of local women in Kaduna, Nigeria, Girl Child Concerns works to empower adolescent girls through improved educational opportunities.


Reconstructing War-Weary Northern Uganda

Todd Shapera
The Gulu District of Northern Uganda has enjoyed peace after suffering two decades of armed conflict and terror by Joseph Kony's notorious Lord's Resistance Army.


Stories 4 Change

Shoot 4Change
Telling through pictures the stories of the 'forgotten' to change the world.


Child Witches of Kinshasa

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu
More than one hundred new "child-witches" are discovered every month and thrown out in the streets.


Burden of Proof

Ruoyi Jiang
A collection of portraits that tell the story of water contamination in the United States.


Envisioning Normality

Jana Carrey
This project explores how positive self-image and identity reconstruction are encouraged at a summer camp in rural, upstate New York.


Threatened Life with Forest-Borneo's Indigenous People

Mitsu Maeda
A story of how a tribe in Borneo has been forced to change their traditional living with the forest due to 40 years of massive logging.


IVUmed in Palestine

Lynn Hoffman-Brouse
IVUmed brings much needed pediatric urology care to youngsters and to teaching these necessary surgical skills to physicians and medical personnel in developing countries.
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Salo Escola de Beleza Afro
Photographs by Tiana Markova-Gold   

Photograph by Tiana Markova-Gold. Juliana and Glauciette.


Home to some of the world's loveliest beaches and luxury hotels, Rio de Janeiro is also a city of the starkest inequalities. In addition to the four million people living in favelas, there are thousands of women and children who make their home and their living in the streets. Women and children living in the streets are easy targets for police brutality and other forms of mistreatment and exploitation. Founded in 1994, Centro de Estudos e Ao Excola empowers women and children living in the streets of Rio to make long-term positive changes in their lives.

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MfM-Foundation helps people in Ethiopia

Photographs by Tobias Hase


Photograph by Tobias Hase. Women at a water pump, region of Babile, Ethiopia, January 2011.   


Life in the rural areas of Ethiopia is simple and humble. The most common problems include: inadequate water supply with daily hour-long walks to water, lack of food supply due to agriculture that is tied to the rainy season, erosion of fertile soils, poor medical care, inadequate number of schools and educational facilities, poor knowledge of hygiene, no family planning or prevention. The "Menschen fr Menschen" Foundation provides the resources to correct these issues.   

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Making bread in a centenary oven 
Photographs by Jorge Sarmento


Photograph by Jorge Sarmento. While the bread rests, a fire is started in the oven.


The process of making bread is a deep knowledge and a tradition passed down from generation to generation. Although in poor condition, this 200 year-old oven is used from time to time for special occasions. This knowledge and tradition are lost in time: they are past, hopefully never forgotten.


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Saving Sight - ORBIS International and the Flying Eye Hospital
Kwara/Ilorin, Nigeria
Photographs by Mark Maio


Photograph by Mark Maio. "Shadow of Sight": A young girl uses a trial lens in an assessment to determine the correction needed to improve her vision.


Forty million individuals around the world are blind with conditions that could be prevented or cured. The majority of these people live in Africa and Asia. They can be treated and their sight restored in as little as twenty-five minutes and at a cost as small as $25 each. This project documents the activities of volunteer medical personnel who travel to remote global locations where specialized eye care may not otherwise be available. Using the Flying Eye Hospital, a converted DC10 plane with an ophthalmic exam area, operating room and lecture facilities, they partner with local hospitals to provide training.

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Domestic Violence
Russian Federation
Photographs by AnaStasia Rudenko 


Photograph by AnaStasia Rudenko. Andrеy poses with Tatiana. In Russia, there is an old saying, "If your husband beats you, then he loves you."


On hearing the word 'violence' people expect to see smashed faces. But domestic violence is not only physical but economic and psychological. Most women in the world are financially dependent on their husbands, and therefore scared to leave them.


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The Third Frontier
Peru, Ecuador, Honduras
Photographs by Leslie Searles


Photograph by Leslie Searles. Jules Obelca, who left his three-year-old daughter Naika back in Haiti, waits to find work in order to be reunited with her. 


A large number of Haitian immigrants, seeking humanitarian refuge in Brazil, became victims of mafias and human traffickers who charged them larges amounts of money to take them clandestinely through the rainforest to the other side of the border. This project explores the conditions of Haitian immigrants who were stranded for four months on the Peruvian border while in search of the Brazilian dream.


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Migingo - Business on the Rock
Photographs by Jesco Denzel 


Photograph by Jesco Denzel. Men having a drink in a shop that sells everything from food to fishing gear - and alcohol, of course. 


Since the number of Nile perches in Lake Victoria started decreasing, the competition amongst fishermen got more and more intense. It is in this scenario that a small island--a rock merely the size of a football pitch--came to attention. Fishermen on Migingo get paid in cash. Compared to local economic standards, there is a lot of money to be made on Migingo. Women moved there, offering all kinds of services. Businessmen arrived, trying to make easy money by selling cheap liquor. Living conditions are rough. The lake water serves for cooking, drinking, washing and as a latrine. Diseases have spread on the island, and heat and filth are hard to bear.  

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About is a website for photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students to create and explore documentary exhibits investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece.Click here to view all of the exhibits.