Snapshot of a Contest Winner
Photo: “Young Girls Studying by a Kerosene Lamp at Home, in Netrokona, Bangladesh," the winning entry in Bread for the World's 2012 Christmas card photo contest. (Nurun Nahar Nargish/Drik/Majority World)
By Jaylynn Farr Munson
You may recall our Christmas card photo contest winner announcement on the Bread Blog earlier this year, but you probably don’t know the story behind the winning entry. This year, Bread for the World’s Christmas card will feature the photo “Young Girls Studying by a Kerosene Lamp at Home, in Netrokona, Bangladesh (Feb. 15, 2009)" by Nurun Nahar Nargish.
Nargish is a contributing photographer for Majority World, a photo agency that works with photographers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. She is from a small Bangladeshi village near the Indian border, on the outskirts of the Mymemsingh District, where photography was forbidden under Islamic law. Despite opposition from other village residents, Nargish pursued photography, because she knew it was her calling. “From my very young age, I could discern the beauty lying in nature in and around my village, the simple way of rural life and rural culture," she says. "I had a strong desire to portray these aspects to others, and this desire drove me to take up a camera as a tool.”
Poverty is an issue that hits close to home for Nargish, as she herself faced financial difficulties as while studying photography, on scholarship, at the Pathshala South Asian Media Academy in Dhaka. Nargish struggled with the high cost of living in the capital city and often had no money at all. She credits her ability to overcome these obstacles to her own perseverance, charity from others, and the grace of God.
Through our work at Bread we strive to ensure that hungry and poor people around the world have opportunities to succeed. That’s why we are fighting hard in urging Congress to create a circle of protection around programs that help poor people lift themselves out of poverty. We are honored to use Nargish’s work for our annual Christmas card and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Jaylynn Farr Munson is a media relations intern at Bread for the World. She is a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in both english and communications.
Christmas cards featuring Nargish’s winning photo are available for purchase in Bread’s online store.
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