2014 International Photo Contest Winners

Theme - The Significance of Food: Images that reflect the importance of food to your host culture,including food production, distribution, preparation, role in ceremony, and societal impacts.

The Saleswoman Ghana

First Place

The Saleswoman

Trevor Fairbank

Elmina, Ghana


Most of the economy is run by the fishing industry in Elmina, Ghana. This image shows a young saleswoman walking through town selling fish caught just off of Cape Coast. The fish were preserved by being laid out to dry in the sun, which made the area smell of fish.


Life of a Dumpling Beijing China

Second Place

Ain’t Life a Dumpling

Travis Malott

Beijing, China


A group of workers in a typical "Baozi" restaurant residing in Beijing, China. Hours uponhours of labor are put in with low compensation in return, but it hasn't seemed to get these people down a smidgen, as they are laughing while they work. This image holds meaning to us all as it not only symbolizes the significance of food, but also the significance of the average working class man or woman.


The War's Solution Jerusalem Israel

Third Place

The War’s Solution

Gabriel Guzman

Jerusalem, Israel


This photo captures just how destructive an ice cream cone can be; if only the war between Israel and Palestine had a solution as simple as cleaning the mess made by these two children.


Memorable Mango Guatemala

Honorable Mention

Memorable Mango

Nikki Tverberg

Tecpan, Guatemala


Food is the staple that unites every culture. The first bite into a juicy mango, the innocence peering through the gaze of a child, a life where simplicity brings joy; the feelings portrayed in this moment in time bring a life full of hope and nourishment all within Guatemala.


Isla Mujeres Mexico

Honorable Mention

No fin. No Future.

Alexandria Warneke

Isla Mujeres, Mexico


Millions of sharks are massacred annually to satiate the global demand for shark fin soup.  A genocide sanctioned by human greed. Flourishing ecotourism in Isla Mujeres, Mexico has not only stabilized local economies, but provided a safe haven for these ancient behemoths from global soup bowls.