Winners of the 2013 International Student Photo Contest, Living with Differences

November 4, 2013

Namaste by Saori Ibuki

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is delighted to announce the winners of its first international student photo contest, Living with Differences.

There was a wide range of interpretation on the concept of "difference." Nationality, race, gender, disability, age, and wealth were the most common motifs.

For first prize, the judges chose a colorful image of intercultural connection—a British teacher, learning from her Indian students, as captured by a Japanese photographer.

The winner is Saori Ibuki, a student at International Christian University, Japan. Here's how she describes her photo, "Namaste," featured above.

This was the last day for Liz, who volunteered for eight weeks as a teacher at Aim Abroad's slum school in Faridabad, India. She taught English, Math and probably everything except Hindi (which the kids taught her). I was there as a volunteer photographer to document their time together. So, the kids were from Faridabad, Liz was from England, and I was from Japan. We all came from different parts of the world; spoke different languages; and had different skin color. But there we were, together in our little sanctuary, and who in the world could've told us we were "different" from each other?

Second prizes:

Katlego Maqubela, Inscape Design College, South Africa: "Our reality."

Turjoy Chowdhury, Brac University, Bangladesh: "Living with Differences."

To see the three winning photos together with the runners-up, click here.

We received over 130 photos from 29 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uganda, and Vietnam.

The contest was conducted via Carnegie Council's online Global Ethics Network, a social media platform for exploring the role of ethics in international affairs through multimedia resources.

It is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project in celebration of the 2014 Carnegie Council Centennial.

Thank you to everyone who took part! See all the photos here