ReAct Asia Pacific launched a Photography contest for students from India, on the occasion of World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017. The themes for the contest were broad, and included antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic abuse, One-health approach and Food as Medicine. The aim of the contest was to spread the awareness about the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in India and the world.
The contest received entries from all across the country, including some prestigious medical schools. Though it was open to students from any background, most of the entries were from medical schools. Most of the entries were colourful and imaginative, which showed the creative potential of the students. Also, the themes were explored in depth and the messaging of the photos were nuanced.
The entries were adjudicated by Klever Calle & Silvina Alessio (ReAct Latin America) and Nirmal George Koshy (Health Communication Expert, India). All of them praised the quality of entries and the power of the messages contained in the pictures.
The prizes for best entries were given to the following students:
2nd year MBBS student
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
3rd year MBBS student
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
Final year MBBS student
Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry, India
ReAct Asia Pacific is giving out certificates of appreciation and small cash prizes (INR 10000, 6000, 4000 respectively) for encouraging these students. The contest was organised to further the mission of engaging students in the fight against AMR, along with various professional bodies and interest groups. ReAct Asia Pacific is planning to establish “Antibiotics Awareness” clubs in educational institutions, to increase awareness about AMR and promote leadership in the action on antimicrobial resistance in a vast country like India.