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2010 International Photography Exhibition
Location: Chanshegu, Northern Region, Ghana
Photographer: Cosette Welling
Home Country: United States
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "This beautiful little girl is a student at Chanshegu primary school in Ghana. I had the opportunity to teach her class as part of an OSU-sponsored service-learning project during March 2010. Chanshegu is a rural village outside of Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region, consisting of mud hut compounds and a few farmers fields. For me, this picture memorializes the hope and promise that education brings to the rising generation of Ghanaians. Often we regard members of traditional cultures with fascination, treating them as exotic specimens of another world. Spending time with this girl and her classmates allowed me to gain appreciation for these people as individuals with hopes, dreams and potential similar to my own. As I look into her clear eyes, I am reminded that, just like our bright-eyed American youth, this girl and her classmates deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential."