Coming from a third-world country where over half the population is under poverty line, I sure come through poverty scenes on a daily basis. Through my travels; I have also came across different scenes of the 1st world countries; but the simple ways of living by those less-fortunate seemed to impress me the most.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

You would except those poor to live on the edge of a breakdown, ironically they seem to live life at a slow soothing pace, while on the other hand those developed-countries people are living on the edge of a breakdown, where walking down the streets you get a stressful vibe because everyone seem to be running on a fast-stressed pace.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

It was great to see those calm scenes of their life captured for a photo-contest. A contest held by the CGAP, it aimed to highlight ways financial inclusion can improve the lives of the poor.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

On that thought; the photos submitted were everything but sad, it showed a new aspect of poverty rather than the usual victimizing theme portrayed. And here are some of the photos submitted.

“Paddy Cultivation”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

“Fishing with a Net”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

“Hands for Freedom”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

“Happy Vendor”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

“Work in the Mountains”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

 

“Eleuterio the Hairdresser”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

“Eye for Detail”.

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Courtesy of CGAP – Winner

Upon all that I say that: “A picture is determined by the person behind the camera, not the person in front of the camera”, “Different people capture different  perspectives for the same scene”.

 

By Yosra Abdel-Rahman

 

 

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