See the most stunning images from 2020

By CARE Australia December 17, 2020 6 comments

Five of our photographers have shared their favourite images from the work they saw CARE implementing this year. As we say goodbye to 2020 together, take a look back at these photos – and the people whose lives have been impacted by the generous support of donors like you.

A pandemic kiss in Ecuador
by Vicente Gaibor del Pino

Andy is a trans man who lives with his partner of five years, Alexandra. Since losing their jobs due to the pandemic, they now make a living by cooking and selling humitas – a South American dish.

As they taught me their technique for preparing humitas, I could feel their closeness as a couple, and their love for being, and working together.

While we drank coffee, I noticed the lovely light and I felt that it was the right time and place to ask for a portrait, and a pandemic kiss.

Caught in a cyclone in Vanuatu
by Valerie Fernandez

After an hour of unrelenting seas in a tiny boat – enough for me to dream of the comforts of home – I was listening to a true survival story.

Netty was caught outside during Cyclone Harold, holding her baby tight all night long, despite winds so strong they tore her clothes off. Netty’s body was literally the only thing protecting her child from the elements. By morning, her house had been totally destroyed – but her family was alive.

She had tears in her eyes as she told me the story – but she was also smiling like we were just chit chatting. I was so humbled. I would never take the comforts of home, or the safety of my own child for granted ever again.

A reason to smile in Zambia
By Karin Schermbrucker

My camera has become a bridge between people of different cultures, ages, races and backgrounds. Meeting Jane reminded me of all the courageous women I have met, and their ability to overcome – warm and tender, and at the same time competent and capable of all things – because in most cases it’s the women who do everything. They really do hold up half the sky. 

Jane invited me into her world, shared her life and I got to meet her beautiful daughter. I love how places become faces, and faces become friends, and suddenly we are not just documenting statistics, but rather engaged with the reality of another person’s life – woman to woman and mother to mother.

Kindness of spirit in Zimbabwe
By Lucy Beck

One of the first things that struck me about Esther was her generosity and kindness of spirit.

She had taken in grandchildren – her sister-in-law’s children – and all without complaint despite their difficult situation. She had a sharp intelligence and twinkle in her eye when talking to us that made me immediately realise that, despite her age and the difficulties of her circumstances, she was a strong woman.

When she told us she sometimes cried thinking about how she could not feed the children it was a heart-breaking moment. I must have taken 20 different close-ups trying to capture her portrait, but this is one of my favourites.

Localising disaster readiness in The Philippines
By Rya Celine C. Ducusin

Prod.JX are a group of local artists who made 3D maps of coastal villages, to be used as Hazard Maps. Everyone is involved in the creation of the maps – girls, boys, tour guides, teachers, carpenters and even drivers, to ensure their accuracy from a local perspective.

Community members, including this young girl, then place pins on the maps to identify the areas at greatest risk of natural disaster, to help plan their evacuation plans and preparedness measures.

I was happy and thrilled to see people from different groups and walks of life  working together to produce a map which will help save the lives of people in their community.

To all of you who have generously supported us through this tough year, thank you for making stories like these possible.

Read more about how your valuable support brings hope to families all around the world.

6 Comments Leave new

Sylvia Barnes Jan 01 2021 at 12:01

I love the photos and the stories. They encourage me to keep supporting care because of all that care does to bring smiles and happiness to others.

Colin McLaren Dec 31 2020 at 06:12

Thank you for what you've done.

Catherine Miniken Dec 31 2020 at 04:12

The beauty of the love, resilience and caring of all these ordinary people around the world makes my heart glad and gives me hope for us all. My hope and prayer for 2021 is that we will experience more of how much alike we are no matter where we come from. God bless you all my brothers and sisters.

Dominic McGann Dec 31 2020 at 03:12

In a challenging year, it is wonderful to see CARE Australia more than up to it.

Gary Willson Dec 31 2020 at 03:12

Fantastic to see and hear of the positive stories of these strong and resilient people

Tawanda Makawa Dec 24 2020 at 12:12

Love all the photos and they inspire us to shoot the world for change.


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