Monday, November 02, 2009

Labour Photo of the Year 2009 - and the winner is ... "Manual labour"

Manual labour, originally uploaded by K M Asad.

"A Bangladeshi boy works in a shipbuilding factory in down town. These factories employ young boys as apprentices without pay for the first few years. They work in extreme conditions without safety tools like gloves, goggles, and other protective gears. In exchange, they learn the skills of the trade. But this costs them loss of health and education. In Bangladeshi child work lad is under 18th years child don't work in any work site. But no body else to see them and no security in their life. "

Nearly twice as many photos were submitted this year as last year (189 vs 118) and 3,203 of you voted to choose a winner from a shortlist of five great photos.

Here is the photo you selected by a wide margin to be the Labour Photo of the Year:

Please feel free to congratulate the winner. You can use the comment feature on Flickr to do so (but you must sign up to Flickr first to do so).

If you wish to use this photo (or any on the shortlist) on your union website or magazine, please make sure to get the permission of the photographer.

I'd like to congratulate the winner, the four runners-up (you can still see their photos on and all those who submitted photos.
I also want to thank Derek Blackadder for coordinating this effort, and the three judges -- all outstanding photographers themselves -- Mac Urata, David Bacon and Gretchen Donart.

I encourage all of you who take photos, or have an interest in photos, to join the more than 500 trade unionists who are already part of the union photographers' group on Flickr, here:

Eric Lee

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