Photographer: Rachael Elledge, Durham County Health Department. Small hands pull seeds from a juicy tomato at a Durham, N.C., preschool.
A photograph of a preschool gardening project in Durham, N.C., took first place in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's recent photo competition, edging past four runners-up and nearly 70 other submitted photographs.
Rachael Elledge's image of small hands pulling seeds from a juicy tomato surpassed dozens of photographs of North Carolina beaches, mountains and everything between for its artistic merit and depiction of public health in the state.
"I was really impressed with how the photograph captured the youth and adult roles in public health," said Jeffery Simms, MSPH, contest judge and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. "I liked how this can be seen in the examination of this tomato grown in a local garden in North Carolina."
Elledge, a clinical nutrition program manager for the Durham County Health Department, served as a consulting nutritionist for the preschool where she captured the image. The child in the picture had never tasted a tomato, she said.
Five runner-up photographs also were selected. The runner-up photographers, in alphabetical order, are:
- Jin-Liern Hong, doctoral student, epidemiology
- Panitan Jutaporn, doctoral student, environmental sciences and engineering
- Jessica Laine, doctoral student, epidemiology
- David Leith, PhD, professor and associate chair, environmental sciences and engineering
- Elizabeth Mumm, Hyde County Health Department
In addition to Simms, Caitlin Kleiboer, a master's student in health behavior and health education, and Robert Pitts, director of strategic analysis and reporting for the School, served on the photo contest judging panel.
The contest -- open to all current UNC students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends -- sought images celebrating an aspect of life and health in North Carolina. Only images taken within the state were eligible.
Photographer: Jin-Liern Hong, doctoral student, epidemiology. A house destroyed by Hurricane Irene in Aurora, N.C. Hong was on a team from the Center for Public Health Preparedness to conduct an evacuation behavior assessment.
Photographer: Jessica Laine, doctoral student, epidemiology. Dr. Cynthia Bulik, Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Chapel Hill, N.C..
Photographer: Panitan Jutaporn, doctoral student, environmental sciences and engineering. Oconaluftee River Trail, near Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee, N.C.
Photographer: David Leith, ScD, professor and associate chair, environmental sciences and engineering. Fishers at Topsail Beach, N.C.
Photographer: Elizabeth Mumm, Hyde County Health Department. Students at Mattamuskeet Early College High School in Swan Quarter, N.C., stage a TRU (Tobacco Reality Unfiltered) event to dramatize the fact that 33 North Carolinians die every day from tobacco-related causes.