Social Justice Photography Competition

The Social Justice Photography Competition 2019 is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to raise awareness of a social justice issue that matters to them.

The competition is now closed and the winners were announced at the Volunteer of the Year Awards on 2 May 2019.

Check out the shortlist below.

Grand Prize - Shades by Paul Famutimi-Dickson, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Black comes with its everyday trials in life as we know it. From institutional racism to cold-blooded murder. Persecution upon persecution all in the name of hatred and/or ignorance. Ignorance is bliss like a true love’s kiss. The martyrs and history will not be missed. Marked and fought with one fist. Yet to be black and a woman is a two-fisted battle. Do you get the gist? Big lips used to be a ‘diss.’ Till Kylie Jenner and co. made it fashion. Sell everything as long as you get the cash in. Small waists and large posteriors for the win now. Black queens, do not let society steal your crown. Ostracised you will not be. Spread your wings and fly.

Second Place - Privilege through Sacrifice by Rabi Nandhan, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering ‘Kavalaighal pathikapathakuthathu' – push past the struggle, a phrase my father lives by. He was a respected lecturer in his country; a pioneer in the teaching of computer systems. This was the life, that like many others, the war forced him to leave behind. When being an immigrant becomes your only trait, it’s hard to not let it erode your sense of self worth. “I was always concerned whether I made the right choice. We may not have much, but all my struggles become worth it when I see where you are now. So I keep pushing.” – My Appa.

Third Place - Demands by Charlie Bird, School of Social Sciences. One in every fourteen workers in Greater Manchester is on a temporary contract. It is estimated that there are around 65,000 people working in the gig economy. These short-term, non-permanent contracts come at the expense, for many workers, of long-term job security and a stable pay check. Exploitative zero hours contracts, which mean that large businesses can pay workers less than the minimum wage, and poor working conditions deprive many of these people of their dignity

Runner Up - Rely on Me by Toma-Codrin Vinereanu, School of Computer Science The photo pictures two Romanian boys, one blind and one suffering of mental health problems. As they come from poor families they have to stay in a foster house dedicated to children with disabilities and have no income, chance to get a job or professional medical treatment. People see happiness in lots of different ways and the fortunate seem to feel down not realising what they have. During my short volunteering time with them I realised that even when facing great problems people can still be happy, smile when given a hug and support each other.

Runner Up - Origin by Wanting Ge, School of Social Sciences. The teenager in the photo is a worker at a jadeite processing factory in Myanmar. Many Burmese rely on selling jadeite to maintain their livelihood, so in a fiercely competitive environment, he has to work till night. This photo shows how an expensive jadeite bracelet was made by a low paid worker who’s in a bad working condition. While buyers are enjoying their consumption, workers as cheap labourers are suffering. This is not just happening in Myanmar, but a worldwide scale in various sectors and industries, which requires us to rethink the harmful actions on human rights that are brought by overconsumption.