Developing pictures in 2012

Meet mother-of-two MwanashaJanuary 2012 - Haiti, two years on: Handing over refurbished homes in LeoganeSomalia: providing life-saving medical help, food and sanitation for three-quarters of a million Somali refugees over the next three yearsA young woman waits to receive UK-funded food aid in Dolow, Somalia, 28 January 2012Women from a community in Nepal that benefits from UK aidFrom child soldier to bricklayer: UK aid at work in northern Uganda
Born too small and too soon in one of India's poorest statesPrevention keeps mums and babies healthy from conception to first birthdayChanging lives: Ante and post natal care for mums and babies in OrissaMullah Neoka and his sons, digging a new future in Herat, AfghanistanRefugees queue for water in the Jamam camp, South Sudan"We left because of the war. We walked for eight days to get to the border"
Two-year-old Achta, being rehabilitated with the help of UNICEF and UK aid, following severe menigitisJune 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi visits the Department for International Development in LondonSewing for success in AfghanistanThe next generation of mums in MalawiPrime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the London Summit on Family PlanningPrime Minister David Cameron and Melinda Gates talk about family planning issues and volunteering with young people at the London Summit on Family Planning
Ghana: Students from Labone High School in Accra take part in a sports festival ahead of the London OlympicsDavid Beckham highlights hunger in Sierra Leone"I challenge anyone not to be moved". A woman feeds ready-to-use therapeutic food to her malnourished daughter in NigerGrowing as a community in rural DR CongoThe volunteer trainers helping to tackle malnutrition in DR Congo"My son nearly died. Now he wants to be a doctor!"

So I haven’t blogged for a while again and suddenly the end of the year is almost here. It’s been another fascinating year for photography and multimedia though. From the phenomenon of Kony 2012 to the opening up of Burma, from the conflicts in Syria, Gaza and DRC to the food crises in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, photography and technology continue to play an ever greater role in informing us about about the world.

There are numerous ‘photographs of the year’ reviews doing the rounds at the moment – such the Guardian Year in Global Development gallery – but, for what it’s worth, some of the standout photographs/multimedia pieces/photographic moments for me this year have been:

  • Stephanie Sinclair’s extended photo and multimedia essay on child marriage.
  • Christian Aid’s Big River Rising – an interactive web documentary on climate change and flooding in the Philippines
  • Andrew McConnell’s Hidden Lives multimedia documentary on the untold story of urban refugees.

And finally, please do take look at my edit of DFID’s photographic review of UK aid in 2012. There are some amazing images, some of them taken by some of my colleagues, some by some of the photographers and NGO’s we’ve worked with around the world. And a few taken by me too. Most importantly, there are lots of inspiring people, a few of whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet.

I hope 2012 has been good to you, and would love to know what you’re photo highlights were too. Here’s to 2013.



About russellphoto

Photographer and multimedia producer/editor working in international development. Also on Twitter @russellphoto
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