The Big Issue : Edition 448
THE BIG ISSUE 26 DEC 2013 -- 9 JAN 2014 27 static workshop work," Saadallah says. "He [goes] from one workshop to another." Fired Up was one of more than 100 entries to the 2013 competion. It is run by Melbourne-based social enterprise People and Planet, which raises funds for a network of Australian non-government organisations, including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Oxfam. Entries to the contest -- some of which are published here -- addressed environmental and social-justice themes. Many of these photographs are spectacular, particularly Camel Race from Inner Mongolia, snapped by Hong Kong’s Chan Kwok Hung, while Dyeing for a Brighter Future, by India's Arup Halder, depicts a woman in Jodhpur struggling under the weight of swathes of freshly dyed fabric. But the images also suggest that, perhaps, the most urgent task of the documentary photographer is to record something before it ceases to exist. Barefoot Elder, by Sydney-based photographer Alicia Fox, shows a pair of feet belonging to an elder of the Yagua tribe in the Peruvian Amazon. Today, the Yagua number an estimated 6000 people. Melting Point, by Brazilian photographer Érico Hiller, shows a bystander near the edge of a shaft in a glacier in Greenland, which experienced unprecedented rates of surface melt in its ice sheets in 2012. Before long, it may be impossible for anyone to stand in this spot. Hope, hard work and human dignity are other themes running through the competition. Reclaiming Tradition, by Indonesian photographer Ismail Abdul Mutalib, shows an Indonesian farmer who has reverted to traditional irrigation techniques on his rice farm. But the theme of human dignity is perhaps best represented by the story of the relationship between the winning photographer and his subject. After Saadallah found out he'd won the award, he gave Tarek a large print of the photo and tried to share his prize money. "I wanted to give [Tarek] part of the prize money because he was the reason for the photograph, but he refused to take it," says Saadallah. After some negotiation, however, the pair were able to settle on a fair exchange. "I insisted...so he took the money and I photographed him again." by Sophie Quick For more about the People and Planet photography competition, or to purchase a calendar with a selection of photos from the competition, visit peopleandplanet.org.au.