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2011 Photo Contest Winners

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The 12 winning photos from 2011 were featured each month in the 2012 Fair Trade Calendar. To enter photos, or vote, in the contest whose winners will be featured in the 2014 Fair Trade Calendar, see Fair Trade Photo Contest details.

Over 2300 people voted for favorites of the 90 photos entered into the June 2013 contest,  for which winners are also shown, at the bottom of this page.

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1st Place Winner

Entry #23

Credit: The Blessing Basket Project

Newsophine’s children say it all - buying momma’s baskets from The Blessing Basket Project® enables her to provide healthier meals and a better home for them. Today these Madagascar children attend school and enjoy a life of peace and prosperity thanks to your purchases.



Credit: Chelsea Bay Wills

Machamoud Isa and his son, Noor, on their farm in Anin in The West Bank. This farm is part of the Palestinian Fair Trade Association. Their olive oil is sold in the USA by Canaan Fair Trade. By opening up the international markets through fair trade, these farmers have been able to go back to organic farming practices, join with other family farms in cooperatives, and begin to make a living wage.



Credit: Baskets of Africa

A weaver in a village outside of Bolgatanga, Ghana, works on a fair trade market basket knowing that even in the dry season, when crops won’t grow, she can still earn a sustainable living wage to support her family.


Entry #10

Credit: Inca Kids

Lucca Rodriguez (2yo) from Atlanta GA loving her fair trade handknitted doll and finger puppet from Inca Kids. Inca Kids works exclusively with skilled artisans from Peru and is a proud member of the FTF.


Entry #15

Credit: MayaWorks

Mirna and Felicita proudly display products handcrafted by artisans in Agua Caliente, Guatemala. Felicita uses her advanced weaving skills to create an income which allows her to provide for her family. Mirna is MayaWorks’ Production Coordinator who oversees quality control to ensure products are ready for market.


Entry #20

Credit: Project Have Hope

Project Have Hope is a non-profit which empowers women in Uganda’s Acholi Quarter. The women are talented artisans who craft jewelry from recycled paper. Project Have Hope uses the profits to help the women establish additional income generating activities through direct loans, vocational training and agricultural initiatives


Entry #40

Credit: Laundromat

“Sea of Blue”.. Sterling blue #23 drying under the sun in Bhaktapur, Nepal.


Entry #50

Credit: Eric St-Pierre

Rabaya Begum, an artisan with the Biborton Handmade Paper Project in Bangladesh, rearranges silk paper leaves that are drying in the sun. Photo © Eric St-Pierre, from his book: Fair trade: a human journey, published by Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2010, Canada.


Entry #56

Credit: Vivien Sansour

Aida Karam is a Canaan Fair Trade olive oil producer. Born and raised in Jalqamous village, she and her brother inherited land from their parents and have been carrying on the Palestinian traditions of planting and harvesting while adopting new organic methods to improve their soil and their environment.


Entry #63

Credit: Robert Domoguen

Margarita Otgalon, aged 79, leads in the harvest of Tinawon rice seeds. As a respected “seed keeper” of her village in the Philippines, Otgalon is responsible for selecting the very best seeds for next year’s planting. A Fair Trade market for her village’s traditional rice means that this heirloom variety may survive into the future.


Entry #64

Credit: Mata Traders

Block printing is an artisan craft passed down for generations within families in India. The fabric is stamped by hand with carved blocks of wood, applying one color at a time. Mata Traders is proud to help sustain this beautiful tradition by using block printed fabrics in our clothing line.


Entry #74

Credit: Fibres of Life

Humour is a core skill in the simultaneously challenging and amazing journeys of fair trade partnerships. Growing laughter, pokes, and the candidacy that comes with it are our official indicators of growing trust, honesty and joy in our partnership between Fibres of Life (, and The Kumbeshwar Technical School in Nepal. Photography by Visual Hues Photography.

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2013 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place Winner

Entry # 8

Credit: Village Markets - Fair Trade

This little guy is going to school in Kenya because helps consumers buy artwork from his father…how can you not like Fair Trade?


Entry #1

Credit: Baskets of Africa

Basket weaving brings extra income to the subsistence farmers of rural Northeastern Ghana. A fair trade, sustainable wage paid in return for their work makes a real difference in the lives of these skilled and talented weavers.


Entry #2

Credit: A Fair World

*AFairWorld* works with the amazing women of Uganda to help create a sustainable world.The Paper Bead strands are created after hours of cutting, rolling, coating, drying and stringing to form magnificent works of art. *AFairWorld* believes that through selling the women’s beads, the poverty of their families can be eradicated.


Entry #28

Credit: Jolica

Specializing in leather goods, women in Kolkata, India, work hard to ensure quality control. Not only are these artisans provided good working conditions and health benefits, they are also trained in skill development and financial competence. These wallets are an example of excellence in creating Fair Trade products for Jolica.


Entry #31

Credit: The Leakey Collection

Pssst….we have a secret. Fair trade is a winning formula for everyone involved. From the opportunities created for Maasai artisans in Eastern Africa to the sustainable style for fashionistas around the globe, accessories from The Leakey Collection improve lives. Tell a friend!


Entry #42

Credit: Joanna Brown, Canaan Fair Trade

The olive harvest in Palestine is a family time. Fair trade enables the whole family to pick the fruit of the harvest together just as they’ve been doing for generations and generations. Olive trees are a large part of a Palestinian farmer’s identity, symbolizing subsistence, community, and heritage.


Entry #43

Credit: Amy K. Fellows

Malia Designs, a Fair Trade Federation member, is committed to fighting human trafficking. Damnok Toek, an orphanage in Cambodia that rescues and rehabilitates thousands of trafficked children, is the current beneficiary of our philanthropy.


Entry #46

Credit: MayaWorks

MayaWorks’ artisan partner, Marta, joyfully sets her loom to start weaving fabric for an order of wine bags. Marta is a master weaver from the Xetonox community located in Tecpán, Guatemala. The income Marta earns from creating MayaWorks’ products allows her to better support herself, her family and her community.


Entry #52

Credit: Global Mamas

A few people from Latitudes Fair Trade Store visited one of their favorite producers, “Global Mamas” in Ghana. Here, “Mama” Fostina smiles in the background as visitors take in the beauty of her colorful jewelry at the bead market in Krobo. Global Mamas transforms the lives of women in Africa by creating sustainable income opportunities which lead to financial independence.


Entry #59

Credit: Vicky Garcia, RICE Inc.

Quality Control workshop for heirloom rice, Hungduan, Ifugao, Philippines. Proper handling and processing make a difference when preparing their heirloom rice for the gourmet food market. During the quality control workshops sponsored by RICE, Inc and Eighth Wonder, farmers inspect the quality of the rice grains before threshing.


Entry #77

Credit: HandCrafting Justice

A woman from an income-generating project in Itagua, Paraguay, creating a piece of Nanduti. Nanduti is a traditional art form using 72 symbols that hold strong cultural significance in Paraguay’s daily life. Women at this project earn a fair wage for their work, while keeping their cultural traditions alive.


Entry #79

Credit: Partners for Just Trade

Women in the group Tupaq Yupanki review an upcoming order. Partners for Just Trade works with rural women in the Peruvian Andes to help them turn their knitting skill into a trade. Not only do they earn an income, but they also say they gain more respect from their husbands.