The Winners of the 10th Annual CGAP Photo Competition


Over the past decade, the annual CGAP Photo Contest has documented the remarkable ways that access to formal financial services can improve poor people’s day-to-day activities. During this time much has changed. New innovations, such as digital financial services, offer great promise for better serving poor customers. Now in its 10th year, the annual CGAP Photo Contest aims to demonstrate the ways financial inclusion can help poor people transition out of poverty and lead more financially secure lives.

Above: Betel Nut by M. Yousuf Tushar of Bangladesh


The winning photographs in the CGAP 2015 Photo Contest have been revealed. The winning photo, called “Paddy Cultivation”, was chosen from more than 3,300 entries from 77 countries for its breathtaking composition and immersive quality. The photo showed workers in a paddy field in West Bengal, India capturing one of the key themes of the contest – smallholder farmers and their families. The panel of three judges said Sarkar’s photo symbolized the family’s livelihood, home, and how they support themselves.

Above: An Old Lady Photographer by Supriya Biswas of India

Camel Market 2 by Mohamed Kamal of Egypt

Duck Egg Collection by Tran Van Tuy of Vietnam

Eleuterio the Hairdresser by David Martin Huamani Bedoya of Peru

Eye for Detail by Evans Claire Onte of United Arab Emirates

Farida’s Maize Harvest by Hailey Tucker, USA

Fishing with a Net by Liming Cao of China

For the Next Journey by Loc Mai of Vietnam

Gravel Workmen by Faisal Azim of Bangladesh

Grazing in the Morning by Liming Cao of China

Hands for Freedom by Pranab Basak of India

Happy Vendor by Subrata Adkhikary of India

Overcoming Sandhill by Lê Minh Quốc of Vietnam

Paddy Cultivation by Sujan Sarkar of India

Sari Spider by Tatiana Sharapova of the Russian Federation

The Struggle Mother by Giri Wijayanto of Indonesia

Tomato by Bülent Suberk of Turkey

Work in the Mountains by Tatiana Sharapova of the Russian Federation

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