There was something beautiful and touching about this 2 month photographic journey that spanned 3 continents and 10 countries for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Andy Richter clearly captured the new found hope of these hearing impaired children being given a second chance to hear the sounds of life around them. This image is all about the hopeful gaze that flows from her eyes while two technicians outfit each ear with the hearing aids. You can appreciate the fact that the image was captured with just the hands pushing in from the frames edge, leaving the main focus on the subject they effect.
Andy says, “Hearing impaired children came from deaf schools from throughout central Malawi, many over a hundred miles away by bus to attend the 4-day Starkey Hearing Foundation mission at Livingstonia beach on Lake Malawi. This young girl, Lezina Chikondi, 11, from the Namingazi School, is hoping for a brighter future, one filled with sound and communication, as she is fit with hearing aids by one of the SHF’s team. On this day, she walked out of the room, down the stairs and heard waves lap upon the shore for the first time in her life.”
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Location, location, location. The richness of color in the stone and sky in this photograph coupled with the absolutely amazing location to build and settle, made this one stand out.
Renan says, “This rock house in the Uçhisar Valley, situated in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey, was inhabited by natives in the Byzantine Period. The rock formation was used as a fortress against Persian enemies during the same period.”
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Nyani says, “James Town is an old fishing port in Ghana’s capital, Accra. It has strong ties to Ghana’s colonial past, though much of its one-time grandeur has faded. This derelict old building had caught my eye on previous visits to the neighborhood, and the incongruity of a football game inside it was too much to resist. Football is ubiquitous here, especially in the lead up to the World Cup, but dedicated recreation spaces are few and far between so people make their fun wherever they can. The graffiti stood out, too – it’s not something one generally sees here and for me it symbolizes the increasing influence of inner-city (especially Black) America on young Ghanaians.”
When it comes to authenticity of military photography, Stacy comes backed with high flying credentials. During her 3 tours in Iraq, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with valor for heroic actions under fire. She is also the only woman to have ever won two NPPA Military photographer of the Year competitions. This photograph is part of a larger project that Stacy has been working on that documents all of the military installations in South Carolina. This particular image was made at the Marine Corps basic training installation. The Marine in the picture was in remedial physical training because he could not pass his physical ability test, so the drill sergeant had him lifting weights and running sprints. This frame captures the reality of the situation perfectly. From the soldiers facial expression of being utterly worked over, to the military issued glasses, the cracked tooth…..it all comes together as it should.
This image shot by Matthew Wakem is visually stunning and arresting. Its graphic elements of human vertical lines punctuated by dots interspersed between each figure keeps the eye moving throughout the image searching for more, yet still satisfied at the first glance.
Matthew says, “Capturing this photograph was one of the most favorite moments of my career. My assistant and I arrived at the monastery the night before and got up at around 4:30 am. When we first arrived at the scene, some monks were just finishing up their morning meditation. After they were finished, lines of monks started to walk through the doors and arrange themselves as you see them here. They then proceeded to chant the most sublime and ethereal mantras for about an hour. We shot from a balcony above them non-stop for the duration of the chanting. I have a very strong interest in Buddhism. It’s always a profound pleasure when photography gives me access to places that are of interest me, but that I would not otherwise be able to see.”