Winner 2016 GCAP Photo Contest

5 December, 2016

Original source: CGAP

For 11 years, the annual CGAP Photo Contest has sought out original and striking images that demonstrate the impact of financial inclusion around the world. This year's contest looked to capture the evolving landscape of financial inclusion and specifically invited submissions in four key areas: (1) Mobile money and innovations in digital finance; (2) Women’s economic empowerment; (3) Resilience; and (4) Small businesses.

The 2016 Contest received 3,000 submissions from professional and amateur photographers in 70+ countries. Entries were judged on technical excellence, artistic merit and overall impact by a panel of distinguished judges. The winning picture in the regional category 'Africa' is:

  

WIM OPMEER | "IMAGINATION"

KENYA | REGIONAL WINNER: AFRICA

From the photographer: "This man is preparing metal for the production of metal boxes used by children when they go to boarding school. His female boss, Mrs. Teresia Kiaithira Muiruri, has a microloan through the MFI Jitegemea Credit Scheme financed by Oikocredit International. She buys the metal sheets and pays local craftsmen to turn them into school boxes. Mrs. Muiruri, a widow with four children. employs a team of three workers and can pay for her son and daughter to attend university."

From the judges: "It's clear that the photographer paid attention to details. This is an image that is hard to capture." ―Nicole Cappello, National Geographic

For more information about the CGAP contest and the full size picture, click here

For more work of the photographer, have a look at the Opmeer Reports website.

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