First Place - Artistic Merit Ana Caroline de Lima Brazil

“In times where people are focusing on differences rather than similarities,  I believe it’s important to keep in mind that we are all human beings. We share similar necessities, dreams, struggles and joy. It’s all adapted to our cultures, backgrounds and personalities, of course. But if you look closer, you’ll notice that regardless of who you are or where you’re from, you’re not better than anyone. You’re not worse than anyone. You just are.”

Ana Caroline de Lima won 1st place in the Artistic Merit category of the 2018 Sinchi Photo Competition.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ana Caroline de Lima is documentary photography, journalist and specialist in visual anthropology  whose work is focused on the human condition. To her, cultural and social immersion plays a crucial role in the documentary process.

She has documented communities in South America and countries as Myanmar, India and Vietnam, with ethnic groups such as Kayapó, Yawalapiti, Black Hmong, Rajasthani, Intha and Black H’Mong. Her work has been exhibited in more than 15 countries, in places such as the Getty Museum and Oxo Tower in London. Ana is also a member of Women Photograph and Everyday Brasil.

“With over 300 ethnicities, Brazil has many nations in just one country. As anthropologist and primatologist Jane Goodall would say: ““Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” Indigenous peoples in Brazil are passing through hard times as their rights are threatened. Their voices must be amplified so most people will understand, care and help.”