#PhotosForHOPE: Our World Humanitarian Day Photo Contest
Clean air. Safe drinking water. Nutritious food on the table. Access to health care.
The changing climate has major consequences on our health. As the world heats up, extreme weather events like floods, hurricanes, and cyclones are becoming more frequent and deadly. Climate-related disasters destroy homes and health facilities, leaving essential services disrupted. Malnutrition is on the rise. Extreme heat and drought are causing crops to fail and freshwater supplies to dwindle, forcing people to flee their homes and livelihoods. Areas with weak health infrastructures are further devastated as vulnerable populations, health workers, and humanitarians face a challenge that threatens all of humanity.
Climate change is not a far-off hypothetical or an abstract theory. It’s here. And the race is on.
#PhotosForHOPE Photo Contest
This year, for World Humanitarian Day, Project HOPE is hosting a photo contest.
We’re asking anyone around the world who would like to participate to submit a photo that illustrates the impact of climate change on health. Are wildfires raging right outside your door, making it difficult for you to breathe if you leave the house without a mask? Are floods in your area blocking access to medical care for the people in your town? Are you still rebuilding your home after a natural disaster came through? Whether you are a photojournalist or hobbyist photographer, we want to see how the climate crisis is affecting people’s lives and health around the world.
The winning photo
We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2021 World Humanitarian Day photo contest is Singapore-based photographer Chin Leong. Chin Leong’s photo, shot in IndoChina in June 2019, is a powerful depiction of the effects of climate change on human health.
The photo shows a young farmer boy trying to salvage whatever water there is in the midst of a drought. Climate change is causing more volatile weather globally, and resulting droughts can severely affect rural agriculture-dependent areas of the world.
A special thank you to Chin Leong, and to everyone who submitted a photo to our contest. Your beautiful work is helping us all see the effects of climate change on health through real-life examples and from different angles.
How to submit a photo
*Submissions are closed.*
The winning photo will be displayed at Project HOPE’s annual event.
This year, our event will take place on October 12, on the rooftop terrace of the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.