‘Bhopal, Toxic Trespass’ Wins Allard Prize For Photography

BHOPAL, INDIA: Sameer, 16 years old, held by his mother Wahida at home in the Jamalpura neighborhood. Sameer was born to parents contaminated by a carcinogenic and mutagenic water supply.

‘Sameer’ ©Giles Clarke Getty Images/ Bhopal Medic Appeal

The Allard Prize for International Integrity is awarded biennially to an individual, movement or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law. It is one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the fight against corruption and protecting human rights. The Allard Prize is administered by the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.

A photography competition runs alongside the prize and we are delighted to announce that Giles Clarke is one of this year’s prize winners with his photo of Sameer from the powerful ‘Bhopal, Toxic Trespass’ series.

Our congratulations go to Giles for yet another important prize. Allard Prize gallery: CLICK
Photo shows Sameer Hassan, 16 years of age, with his mother Wahida Bee. Sameer suffers from severe cerebral palsy with profound mental retardation. His father was exposed to Union Carbide’s toxic gas at the time of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

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We believe Dow & DuPont must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.