International Photography Contest

U.S. White House Photographers Select Winning Photography Contest Photos

For a fourth year, White House photographers to U.S. President George W. Bush selected the top winners in the annual We Share Foundation International Photography Contest. Karen Murphy, a member of QI of Beenleigh, New South Wales, Australia, received the 2004 Grand Prize for her moving image depicting an elderly resident of the Sainik Farm Home for the Aged in India who was about to meet a group of Quota International leaders.

Grand Prize—Karen Murphy

QI of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia

Karen Murphy of the Beenleigh Quota club in Queensland, and lieutenant governor of District 30, captured “the hand of Quota friendship” in her image of Quota leaders touring a Club-to-Club Project in India.

The photo depicts Past International President Mary Cotter extending her hand to an elderly resident of the Sainik Farm Home for the Aged to help her rise to welcome the delegation. Past 30th District Governor Karen Leitch, a member of QI of Brisbane South, dressed in colorful Indian attire, chats with the lady.

The Home for the Aged is maintained by QI of Sainik Farm. The club has renovated the once squalid, dilapidated facility into a clean, pleasant place for elderly residents to live their lives in dignity. This white-haired resident told the visiting delegation of Quotarians, “I am living in paradise.”

Second Place—Martha Pallesen

QI of East Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

So that “no parent is left behind,” Quota International of East Memphis sponsors workshops for parents of 300 hard-of-hearing children who are currently attending Memphis public schools. To encourage participation, free child care and lunch are provided.

This year’s second place-winning photo, an individual contest entry submitted by East Memphis club member Martha Pallesen, depicts parents learning sign language at the White Station Elementary School, only one of many important workshop topics offered by QI of East Memphis. Other parent workshop sessions include math; reading and language; cochlear implants, hearing aids, and speech audiological screening; career planning; community resources; and vision screening.

By offering workshops for parents, the club hopes to ensure that hard-of-hearing children will receive enrichment from their home and school environments.

Third Place

QI of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Quota International of Orillia, in partnership with Child Find Ontario and the Orillia Ontario Provincial Police, sponsors free “Kidcheck Clinics” for Orillia-area families. Free fingerprinting of children, plus an information folder and safety tips are all part of the package of services offered to parents by Quota volunteers. This information is kept by parents and provides safety identification for children in case they go missing.

Less than thrilled little people—including this cute little toddler pictured here—look at the volunteers quizzically as messy hands and feet are cleaned up. Most times, with a little “sweet bribery,” club members manage to capture a smile or a giggle as they complete their fingerprinting duties!

Each winning club in the photography contest has been invited to designate a donation in their name to any Club-to-Club World Service Project in the following increments: Grand Prize, $500; Second Place, $200; and Third Place, $100.

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