WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CGAP today announced its 2016 Photo Contest winner as Zay Yar Lin from Myanmar. The winning photo, "Lend a Helping Hand," was chosen from more than 3,000 entries from 70 countries for its stunning composition and tender depiction of a girl helping her father to make pottery for sale. Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7878251-2016-cgap-photo-contest-winners
The photo was taken in the Twante township, near the photographer's home in Yangon. Lin shared that although he is a seafarer by trade, photography is his real passion. He said "I believe photography helps people to see and feel. I love to capture the culture of people and places and their daily lives." Although Twante potteries are known throughout Myanmar and are in huge demand, the younger generation continues to seek opportunities outside the township. The judges remarked on how the photo captures the passing of a valued, but potentially diminishing, skill from one generation to another. View the Winning Photos >> Two billion people around the world lack access to basic financial services like savings accounts and credit. There is increasing evidence that financial inclusion is a critical enabler for many of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations to guide the global development agenda, such as fostering quality education and promoting gender equality. For 11 years, the annual CGAP Photo Contest has sought out original and compelling images that show the impact that financial inclusion can have on people's lives around the world. The 2016 CGAP Photo Contest invited submissions in four key areas that are instrumental to advancing financial inclusion: (1) Mobile money and innovations in digital finance; (2) Women's economic empowerment; (3) Resilience; and (4) Small businesses. The panel of judges consisted of Nicole Cappello, Senior Photo Manager at National Geographic; Emily Epstein, Visual Editor at The Atlantic; and Indira Williams Babic, Director of Photography and Visual Resources at the Newseum. The three judges shared their thoughts on the selection process.