Winner of the 2011 Photo Contest

December 19, 2011Andrea Calabrese

Congratulations to Seshadri Moitra, winner of the 2011 Development Gateway Photo Contest, for his photo “Creative Art” taken in a remote village in West Bengal, India. According to Mr. Moitra, it depicts the small scale industry of making historical posters or calendars, and symbolizes the community’s efforts to achieve development through enterprise.

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Seshadri Moitra, photographer

Mr. Moitra is a photographer from Kolkata, India, who was always fascinated by art and photography, and started taking pictures as a hobby—now it has become a true passion. He was inspired to take the winning photograph by the eyes of the woman, which he says show “grit and an indomitable spirit,” amidst a splash of bright colors. She is painting mythological figures on small pieces of canvas to sell in order to support herself and her family, and he wanted to capture her creativity and aesthetic sense.

The photo contest kicked off in September along with the launch of the new Development Gateway website, and called on photographers to submit images of people in developing countries working to build a better world. Over 400 photographers entered the contest, and the winner was chosen from among five finalists through a public vote.

The submissions covered an impressive range of subjects and photographic styles, with beautiful images conveying strong and memorable messages about development. The runner-up photos included images of education, using technology, and working together. To view all five finalists, click here.