Winners of 2017 student photo contest announced

Sewing for a Brighter Future
Jenna Zitomer's “Sewing for a  Brighter Future” took first prize in the annual Einaudi Center photo contest. 

Each year the Einaudi Center asks students who are traveling on grants and fellowships to take photos for an annual competition and exhibit. 

This year, 17 graduate students submitted photos related to their research or study. The winner, selected by a public vote, was “Sewing for a Brighter Future” by Jenna Zitomer, a graduate student in Near Eastern studies.

She took the photo at the John William Montessori School in Tonosa, Ghana. 

“My trip to Ghana was focused on educational development, women's rights, and the promotion of conflict resolution,” she wrote in her submission. “This photo shows two students sewing reusable, sustainable, and washable sanitary pads during a program I organized.”

Everyone Must Do Their Part
Second prize: “Everyone Has to Do Their Part” by Marianne Santoso.

Second place went to Marianne Santoso, a graduate student in nutritional sciences for her photograph “Everyone Has Do Their Part,” taken in Ntundu Village, Singida Rural District, Tanzania.

“My research involves gender equality within households and how it impacts how agriculture interacts with nutrition,” she wrote. “This picture highlights the often-neglected source of labor in smallholding farming communities: children.”

Third place went to Janet Smith, a graduate student in development sociology, for “Constructing Alternative Energies,” taken in the Koupela Region of Burkina Faso.

Constructing Alternative Energies
Third prize: “Constructing Alternative Energies" by Janet Smith. 

“When visiting villages projected to become connected to the national electrical grid," she wrote, "I was struck by the creative ways in which local communities had already constructed their own sources of energy. Pictured here is a man building biogas energy technology that will provide electricity for a family of fifteen.”

Honorable mentions went to Corey Keating (music), Andre Keiji Kunigami (Asian studies), Santoso, Kayla Scheimreif (natural resources), Smith, Joseph Welklin (neurobiology and behavior), Michelle Wong (ecology and evolutionary biology), and Zitomer.

This year's photo contest submissions came from graduate students in anthropology, applied mathematics, Asian studies, ecology and evolutionary biology, city and regional planning, comparative literature, development sociology, geological sciences, government, music, natural resources, Near Eastern studies, and nutritional sciences.

Their entries came from Armenia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, China, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

The photos are on display in January 2018 on the first floor of Olin Library, in the corridor leading to Kroch Library.