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Cameras for Asia: Yangon photo festival

During the recent Cameras for Asia workshops in Yangon, the city’s annual photography festival was being held and I was able to take the children to the awards night where Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the judges.

It was a really wonderful opportunity for the children to see some world class photographic work, by both local and international photographers, and see the Lady, who is such an icon in Myanmar and indeed around the world.

Here are some images of the night.


Me in the back seat with the kids heading out for the photo night. Photo by Andrew Rogers.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela with 10 quotes and pictures

This week I have been reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela in preparation for an article heralding his legacy for Gale. I came across these quotes that are worth reflecting on, even if you’ve read them before. RIP Nelson Mandela.

mandela head

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In pictures: Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day we remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its call for liberty, justice and freedom for all people regardless of race, creed, caste and gender. Unfortunately the goals noted down in 1948 are still but an aspiration for many people around the world. This year is the 20th since the day was first proclaimed. To get involved follow the conversation on Twitter at #unrightsat20.

These images from the Visited Planet database illustrate some of the rights of the charter.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

East Timor’s free and fair democratic elections in 2012 were greeted with exuberance and celebration.

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Images celebrating Universal Children’s Day

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day. And while we can celebrate the joy children give us it’s also good to remember¬†57 million children around the world don’t go to school and 70% of child deaths are attributable to diarrhoea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery or lack of oxygen at birth.

Six of the eight Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015 relate to children Рour future. With that in mind here are some images celebrating children around the world.

Their excitement was infectious.

Young Burmese boys on truck transport in Yangon, Myanmar.

“How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.”
-Charles Darwin

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In pictures: World toilet day celebrating the humble loo

Loo with a view, Kenilworth, Queensland

Loo with a view and a few spiders, Kenilworth, Queensland

November 19 is World Toilet Day and before you recount any pending toilet jokes you’ve saved up, do note it’s recognised by the United Nations! That means Toilet Day is far more serious than you think and that’s because (according to World Toilet Day):

  • 2.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet
  • 1.1 billion people defecate in the open
  • Investing $1 in sanitation generates a return of $5

I read Mulk Raj Anand’s book Untouchable (click to see on Amazon) last year, about the day in the life of an untouchable, an Indian boy whose job it is to clean the latrines. The lowest of the low, Bakha searches for an escape from the destiny to which he was born. He is presented with two options throughout the book – one to convert to Christianity where there is no caste system and the other from the teachings of Gandhi who calls for the freeing of Harijans. However Bakha comes up with his own solution – technology, in the form of a flush toilet, that would eliminate the need for a caste of toilet cleaners. Ingenious.

Flush toilets or not, it’s probably hard in the West to appreciate what not having a toilet is like until you’ve lived without one for any length of time (and I don’t mean just when you’re camping!) We’ve all probably had a good laugh at the obscure places we’ve found toilets, and the terrible condition some are in at times, but their existence is important and the images below celebrate them. When you sit down today give thanks for your toilet. And if you feel inspired check out the official page above for ways to get involved.

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