Born and raised in Russia, Maria Zhelikhovskaya of Moscow is convinced the world will never be completely equal. But she believes in her heart that the inequality and lack of opportunity she’s witnessed in many developing countries can and should be addressed.
Zhelikhovskaya, a professional writer who focuses on travel and tourism, is one of 11 winners in the World Bank’s “Picture Inequality” photo contest. Her photo, titled “Vietnam 2,” shows a young child sleeping on a blanket by a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City. The photo spoke to the public, which voted for the image online, and also to the panel of photographers who selected winners from the finalists the public picked.
The other winners in the contest were Cléopâtre Di Benedetto, France; Robert John Cabagnot, Philippines; Maureen Shelly Dabbagh, United States; Marc Ellison, Canada; Abigail Generalia, Philippines; Niraj Prasad Koirala, Nepal; Reis Oluwatosin Oladunni, Nigeria; Sayanthan Thiviyaraj, Sri Lanka; Juan Sebastian Lozano Velásquez, Colombia; and Juan Cruz Zorzoli, Argentina.