By: The Global Health Office
We are excited to share the winning image and story for the 2021 Global Health Photo contest. This annual contest was created to recognize the beautiful images and inspiring stories that the Dalhousie community has generously shared with us year after year. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines global health as “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. Health is impacted by many factors and we are grateful for the creativity this inspires in our annual submissions.
The theme of the Global Health Photo Contest is The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which allows for an interdisciplinary approach to health. Health is all around us, there are many opportunities for inspiring images in our own backyard. Be creative! Think of everything that impacts the health of individuals and communities.
2021 Global Health Photo Contest Winner
1st Place: Giraffes at Sunset by Dr. Daniel van Zanten
From Dr. van Zanten:
While in Kenya as part of a clinical elective placement, I was fortunate to go on a safari. This picture was taken on my last day in the Maasai Mara, just before the park closed. To the observer, it provides an opportunity to not only marvel at the beauty of animals and the scenery but also for ourselves to reflect on what has transpired in the day as it draws to a close. We can think about what objectives we achieved, the ones we are still hoping to attain, and the ones we are planning for the future. Of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this photo also represents Items #3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and #15 (Life on Land), serving as an effective reminder to do what we can to help the long-term viability of our planet.
Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your image and story.