Best Practices and Photography from the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean – Book
Best Practices and Photography from the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean – eBook
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It is our pleasure to share the results of the Regional Safe Motherhood Initiative Photography Contest:
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Now available on Safe Motherhood Initiaitive web site: send an e-card for Mother´s Day! The photos in the card feature some of the winners of the national Safe Motherhood Initiative photography contests. There is no cost to send the card, and you can send it as many times as you like!
To send a card, click here.
I took this photo in Maracaibo during my country´s elections in 2008. After I exercised my right to vote, I went with my always-present camera to try to capture the mood outside the voting center. I immediately saw this Wayuu mother breastfeeding her child; additionally, she had a stained finger (in my country, dying the little finger purple is a way to control who has voted). This incredible scene caught my attention and I asked permission to take her picture. My goal was to capture the image of a woman who had fulfilled her civil duties and was additionally exercising her full motherhood without caring that so many people were around. She showed me that breastfeeding is as important as democracy, and that both things live in this Wayuu mother.
Photographer: Rafael Jose Puche Quiñonez, Venezuela
Every week Nadia travels to Pinar, about 30 kilometers outside of Montevideo, to take care of her nephew Caetano while his mother works in an area school. One afternoon after lunch, Nadia retired to put the baby to sleep while I stayed in the dining room. After a few minutes, when I went to see who had put whom to sleep, I came upon this scene full of peace and intimacy: the child soundly resting and the satisfaction of his aunt while protecting him. So I simply took the photo, but then I began to think and realized that this was one of those moments in which everyone – men, women and children, deserve to live: whether it’s a rest, a kiss, a hug, a shared task, a little help; everything that if we are asked to define, we might not know exactly what to say, but usually call love.
Photographer: Juan Manuel Marcucci Longhitano, Uruguay