The Everyday Heroine - the shortlist

Launched on Women’s International Day, the Everyday Heroine photography contest invited photographers to record the lives of ordinary women who performed extraordinary jobs around the world, to be their voice. 


Over three thousand photographic submissions celebrating outstanding women from every segment of society were received from over 50 different countries.


There isn’t a winning Heroine in this photography contest - ALL are absolute winners in their own right. Single mothers, widows - young and old - doctors, cancer doctors, cancer victims, indispensable nurses and teachers. As are the many women employed in road and building construction - moving enormous weights about. 

Several photographs portrayed courageous women from the Emergency Services - the Metropolitan Police - the Fire Brigades an Ambulance Service.

We also received photographs portraying survivors of natural and man-made, barbaric disasters. Victims of war, affected by psychological and physical disabilities as there are Heroines disfigured by acid attacks. Women chased out of their homes, villages, because neighbours believed they were ‘witches’. There are also victims of rape from countries where their own family shunned them. Some have fallen prey to pimps who promised to ‘look-after’ them. There are sex workers who are being cheated, tortured, trafficked and are trapped. 


What all photographs show is that social inequality and gender discrimination are very much part of modern society still. Yet the same photographs also show that women are strong, brave, resourceful, caring to the extreme - true Heroines. They are the guardians of the fabric of society.


On 22nd of June a panel of judges will select the winner and runners up from a shortlist publised below. This will be a most challenging task as the quality and subject matter of these submissions is outstanding.  


Youmanity congratulates ALL participants. All of you are winners. By sending photographs you have helped raise awareness of important human conditions some of which are still considered taboos in some parts of the world. Most importantly, you have celebrated the extraordinary women in your/our lives whom Youmanity applauds most heartedly.

Abed ZagoutAleksandr KazakevichAlessandro FalcoAlexander MillerBiswasAlexanderStepanenkoAllanFesalbon CastanedaAlzira Castro RaizAmy SiqvelandAna Caroline de LimaAndrea VicentiniAndres MillanAnnamaria BruniAntonio Aragon RenuncioArnold Conlu JumpayArtem NokhrinBambang WirawanBrett DaviesCarlos SaavedraChristina CzybikCiriaca ErreClaire Elaine ShiltonClaudio Dell'OsaCraig MurphyDamian HaasDaniel RoliderDarren LabiukDavid VerbercktDebdatta ChakrabortyDejan MijovicDionisio SalvadorDionysis KourisDivyakant SolankiEleni AlbarosaEvgeniya KonoplovaEvgenyi KiselevFarzane GhadyanlooFelipe LunaGita GlaassenIlya AbramovIulia GalushinaIzabela UrbaniakJean-Claude ChincherèJillian GranieroJo-Anne McArthurJohannes de BruyckerJoydeep MukherjeeJulia GuntherKarina VutovaKaroliina PaatosMa. Jessa MatusMaria GovdiMarina BogumilMarina KudryavtsevaMary HumphreyMashid MohadjerinMatteo CongregalliMattia VaccaMax K PelgrimsMd R. Haque KhanMelanie DornierMichail ShneiderMilos BicanskiMiriam WinsorMohammad R. HasanNada MalesNatheer HalawaniNick TarasovOdetola I. FolaranmiOttavia CastellinaPaul StridePhilipBenjafield HallamRaj Mayukh DamRamez HabboubRiad NbouFolco SalaniSantanu DeySara FoschiSimona AnnoniSourav KarmakarStephane de RouvilleSujan SarkarSvetlana MakoveevaSyed Mahabubul KaderTafadzwa UfumeliTatsiana TsyhanovaUlla LohmannValentina De RosaWilliam ApersYuan PengYulia Shchupak

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