2010 Images to Stop Tuberculosis Photo Award now open for entries

15 April 2010 - Geneva - The Stop TB Partnership today launched the 2010 Images to Stop Tuberculosis Photo Award competition. The award, which has the goal of promoting creation of outstanding photos depicting prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB), is sponsored by the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.

Photographers are invited to submit their work for consideration. An international jury of photography experts and representatives from UN and other partner organizations and chaired by internationally renowned photojournalist Gary Knight will select the winning photographer. The winner will receive US$ 5000 in prize money and a US$ 5000 grant to produce photo reportage about TB, a disease that takes the lives of nearly two million people each year.

The 2009 award went to David Rochkind of the United States. Mr Rochkind made use of the grant to produce a photo reportage documenting the impact of TB and TB care in Mumbai, India. The reportage was widely published internationally in March on sites including the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/8582491.stm), the Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/7541354/Tuberculosis-challenge-and-treatment.html, the Global Post (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/full-frame/100323/tuberculosis-photos-world-tb-day) and Newsweek Japan (http://newsweekjapan.jp/picture/22068.php). Photos from the reportage are available for viewing on the Stop TB Partnership web site at https://www.stoptb.org/news/announcements/2010/rochkind.asp.

Applicants for the 2010 award must submit a portfolio of 10 to 15 photographs depicting health-related issues. All entries must be received at the Stop TB Partnership by 30 July 2010.

The name of the winner will be announced in November 2010. Photos from the winner's photo reportage will be exhibited in future editions of the Images to Stop Tuberculosis Exhibition.

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