Global Perspectives Photo Contest Winners
Climate, Food, Water & Energy 1st Place: Riley Aronson, V21, Research, Graduate (Samboja, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia)
The natural habitat for orangutans has been significantly impacted through deforestation for the palm oil industry, which is an important crop not only throughout Indonesia, but also the world. An adult male Bornean orangutan peers through the fern leaves at the protected forest land around him at the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation in Samboja Lestari (BOSF-SL). In East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, BOSF-SL is a non-profit that has been working to rescue, rehabilitate, and release orangutans to the wild for over 25 years. This work involves capacity building within the institution and local communities, conservation medicine, research, and education. Through volunteering with BOSF-SL this summer, I learned some Bahasa Indonesia, became more familiar with great ape anesthesia practices, and conducted a research project on the correlation between clinical signs and orangutan respiratory pathology seen on CT imaging.
Climate, Food, Water & Energy 2nd Place: Madeline Weir A20, Study, Undergraduate (San Pedro de Atacama, Chile)
This photo shows two flamingos feeding in the salt plains of the Salar de Atacama in Northern Chile. Ecotourism, including the protection of land and animals, has become a goal of Chile's most visited destinations. The Atacama region's economy relies on tourism, but guides are paying close attention to how tourists interact with the environment. Protection of the flamingos and the salt plains is just one example of these efforts. I was fortunate to experience this moment because the lands and species have been well protected up to this point.
Climate, Food, Water & Energy Honorable Mention: Taiki Tashiro, EG20, Study, Graduate (Medford, MA)
Many people do not notice smaller live organisms than themselves. These tomatoes are really tiny, but they are alive vigorously and grow up with the sun. It was so beautiful and I would like people to realize that they can see beautiful nature in your neighborhood.
Comparative Global Humanities 1st Place: Katherine McMurphy, A21, Research (Elmina, Ghana)
This photo captures a festival celebrating local chiefs in a coastal Ghanaian town. I was on my way to visit Elmina Castle, a slave port built in 1482 by the Portuguese, when we could no longer drive through the small town. We were told there was a celebration of chiefs occurring in the streets and it would be at least an hour before we could get through. My Ghanaian friend and I parked and went out onto the street to watch. In this photo, tradition and modernity merge. The festival honors the history of the area and the importance of the chieftaincy. Some people wear traditional Ghanaian outfits and costumes, while others wear shorts and t-shirts.
Comparative Global Humanities 2nd Place: Jiamin Li, A22, Study Abroad (Amman, Jordan)
Sitting at the top of Jabal al-Qal’a in Amman, Jordan, the ruin of the Roman Temple of Hercules in the Amman Citadel still stands with its majesty to tell its history. The citadel itself dates back to the Bronze Age and has undergone various transformations with its changing inhabitants, including the addition of the Temple of Hercules by the Romans in the 2nd century. The structure has witnessed Amman’s rapid development as Jordan’s capital throughout the millennium which includes the expansion of tourist economy that the country is largely dependent on. The Roman citadel is now visited by travelers across the world, each adding their footsteps onto this ancient establishment and interacting with the past. Another intersection of modernity and history can be spotted in the lower right corner, where arrays of houses sitting upon the adjacent hills of Amman is hidden behind the temple structure. The ancient and modern architectures show a contrasting but harmonious relationship as they continue to coexist at the crossroad of time.
Living Technology 1st Place: Madeline Weir, A20, Study, Undergraduate (Geneva, Switzerland)
This is CMS, the Compact Muon Solenoid at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research in Geneva. It's a massive detector which helps physicists uncover the mysteries of the universe and understand what happened during the Big Bang through particles. This machine is a collaboration of 38 countries and around 4,000 people. In this photo, a technician is working on CMS, updating it to study the breakdown of matter and the composition of dark matter.
Living Technology 2nd Place: Austen Money, A24, Internship, Undergraduate (Chillca, Peru)
This photo was taken out of the window of the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, a two-hour ride that drastically cuts down on the amount of time needed to get to Machu Picchu. This view was previously only available to those hiking the 4-day Inca Trail, but is now accessible to the hundreds of people who take the train daily. In the distance, you can see the train tracks curving around the Urubamba River, melding with their environment - for better or for worse.
One Health 1st Place: Riley Aronson, V21, Research, Graduate (Samboja, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia)
The word “orangutan” comes from the Malay Bahasa words “orang,” meaning man, and “hutan,” meaning forest. The origin of this word emphasizes the great ape common ground shared between humans and orangutans. It’s very moving to see how primates are helping primates. My summer research project is one of One Health, in which both veterinarians and physicians got involved, locally and internationally. A sub-adult orangutan receives a morning bottle for additional nutrition before heading out to the forest for a day of “Sekolah Hutan” (Forest School). In East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation at Samboja Lestari (BOSF-SL) is a non-profit that has been working to rescue, rehabilitate, and release orangutans to the wild for over 25 years. This work involves capacity building within the institution and local communities, conservation medicine, research, and education. Through volunteering with BOSF-SL this summer, I learned some Bahasa Indonesia, became more familiar with great ape anesthesia practices, and conducted a research project on the correlation between clinical signs and orangutan respiratory pathology seen on CT imaging.
One Health 2nd Place: Sachin Vallamkonda, A21, Internship, Undergraduate (Chokati, Nepal)
Many hours away from any major city, small villages scatter the scenic rural mountainside in Nepal’s Sindhupalchok district. Each holds only one community health outpost, staffed by six employees including one trained health worker and two auxiliary midwives. Here, we are able to witness a special program being held at the Chokati Health Post. The program is for tuberculosis and uterine cancer screening along with an additional health prevention education component. One of the public health students we were working with informed us about how uterine cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting Nepali women. As undergraduate health advocates, we were able to witness local public health students, volunteering physicians from an external organization, and local community health workers work together with the village to bolster health education and promote proper well-being.
Secure & Equitable Society 1st Place: Saherish Surani, A21, Internship, Undergraduate, Equitable Society (Capricorn, Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa)
Capricorn is one of the oldest and poorest settlements in the Western Cape. For many years, Capricorn had no electricity or piped water, an issue that still of constant worry today. The shacks that residents live in are constructed from a variety of materials, whatever they can find, usually pieces of wood and tin. These homes do not provide adequate shelter from heavy rains and freezing temperatures in the South African winter and fires during the hot and dry summers. These homes also do not provide refuge or safety from theft, active gangs, and widespread drug issues, which result in high crime and violence rates. After over 25 years of fighting the local Council, girls were given the right to attend schools. In these schools, these girls not only show up to get away from home life, but they come to make friends and to learn how to change the world.
Secure & Equitable Society 2nd Place: Rocío Magali Maciel, F20, Internship, Graduate (Tijuana, México)
The beach in Tijuana is not like any other beach I had seen before: a big border wall crosses it, going straight into the ocean. That wall divides not only two countries but also two different societies, two different languages and two different ways of living. I met Brandon while I was taking pictures of the beach and he was staring at the wall. Like thousands before him, Brandon was from Honduras, had been in Tijuana for three years, had just lost his job and was uncertain about what to do next. I think of him and wonder if he stayed in Tijuana and if so, if he still spends some afternoons sitting at the beach, looking at the wall and peeking at the life on the other side of it.
Secure & Equitable Society Honorable Mention: Drishti Dagliya, F21, Work, Graduate (Village near Jamnagar, India)
Speaking to tribal women about entrepreneurship, and what they do. And what would they do if a training center were to be set up in the village nearby?