Storytelling is a central practice across indigenous and local community groups; it sustains communities and recognizes and validates indigenous and local community knowledge. Stories tie people to their landscape, their culture and one another. The World Bank and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) will announce the winners of the DGM Photo Contest entitled, “The power of storytelling through the eyes of indigenous peoples and local communities.” The contest sought to capture the everyday life of DGM beneficiaries and stakeholders. The photo contest invited submissions in two categories: “Everyday life” and “DGM projects in action”. Submissions were judged on technical excellence, subject matter relevance, artistic merit, overall impact, as well as the story behind each photo. Judges include representatives from the World Bank, Climate Investment Funds, Conservation International, the DGM Global Steering Committee, and SeaLegacy. The winning photos were selected from submissions from all 8 participating DGM countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, and Peru.
“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” – Diane Arbus
“Photography is truth.” – Jean-Luc Godard
“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.” – Annie Leibovitz