Celebrating transport workers that keep our world moving

The ITF has announced winners of its Photography Prize 2022, its first-ever photography competition that celebrates the triumphs and challenges of being a transport worker today, in all sectors, industries and supply chains.

Challenging transport workers to capture the reality of the integral role they play in moving our world, the campaign received hundreds of entries showing the highs, the lows and almost everything in between.

Winning and highly-commended photos are chosen based on their unique capture of the mood, spirit and expressions of what it is to be a transport worker. Check out more entries at ITF Global

1st Place: Israel C Garbo, A woman in action

Sea Cadet Israel C Garbo clinched first place with ‘A woman in action’, taken on a Maersk Line Vessel.

The empowered woman in the photo, Lyra Vargas, is a seafarer in transit from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal. The crew are preparing the vessel before entering a High-Risk Piracy Area. The judges were captivated by how Israel captured Lyra’s spirited expression against a backdrop of a vessel at sea and at risk.

2nd Place: Viridiana Gómez, Empowering feeling working as a longshore

Longshore worker, Viridiana Gómez’s entry is ‘Empowering feeling working as a longshore’, taken in Stewart, British Columbia, Canada, showing a colleague beaming while pushing logs and taking on some of the hardest bundles. “No matter what, there is always a smile on her face.”

Joint 3rd Place: June D Famur and Karlo Immanuelle D Garcia

Marine engineer June D Famur entered with the self-portrait ‘Rope of hope’. June was carrying a rope over his shoulder at work in Indonesia as a streak of light hits his face and illuminates the smoke in the air, mirroring the light that June’s family at home offers while away at work.

“I have my family waiting for me, a family that gives me the strength to sail on. They are the reason that there is always light at the end of the darkest times.”

Able seaman Karlo Immanuelle D Garcia’s entry ‘Let’s colour our dreams’ shows a worker conditioning a cargo hold in Qinhuangdao, China, with pops of colour from bright red paint and yellow equipment. “Hard work pays off.”

Other photo entires in this year’s ITF photography competition

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