Photo Competition 2023


CID would like to thank all organisations and photographers who submitted for the 2023 Photo Competition. The photos captured a multitude of people, countries, projects, experiences, and lived realities – all in a positive, dignified, and empowering light. 

Entries were judged on originality, narrative, and composition. The winners and runner up of the CID Photo Competition 2023 were announced at the awards ceremony at the Official Conference Dinner on Wednesday 20th September at the Banquet Hall, Parliament. 

Development – Amateur Photographers


Maria Trogolo, Childfund, 2021 

Children are washing their hands at a hand washing station in Betio, Kiribati built through NZDRP funding in 2021

Runners up

Volunteer Service Abroad, 2023

David Cramp, a VSA Volunteer and advanced Beekeeping Trainer, Tonga 

Grace Ellis, Tearfund.

A smiling beauty in the Solomon Islands, who is from one of the villages Tearfund is working in to prevent human trafficking and improve rural livelihood. 

Michelia Miles, Trade Aid

Weaver Anita with Valerian Handicrafts in a remote village in Jessore, Bangladesh. Her ability to use her intricate basketry weaving skills to earn an income whilst working from home enables her to remain in her ancestral village and educate the next generation. 


Humanitarian aid and emergency response – amateur photographers



Students at a school in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh practice responding to a fire with their new equipment through the NZDRP funded project.

Runner up

Elisa Mondou, Save the Children, 2023

10-year-old Roseh at a child friendly space in his school, where his family evacuated to during Tropical Cylone Kevin in Vanuatu in March 2023.

Humanitarian and Development - Professional Photographers 


Conor Ashleigh, Save the Children

16-year-old Junior plants seedlings in a community garden established with support from Save the Children to promote climate resilience, nutrition, and improved livelihoods. 

Runners up

Amie Richardson, Save the Children NZ

Leah, 7, Makerina, 10, and Iliana, 15, learning how to tie dye during a Kids Club session. This is a community-led initiative supported by Save the Children that provides greater safety for children and young people in Suva’s informal settlements and provides opportunities for them to learn skills and develop friendships.

Kahfy Yudha, Surf Aid.

The photo was taken in Sumbawa Indonesia, and captures a female farmers group in Kuta Village harvesting tomatoes. SurfAid works with these groups to teach members about sustainable agricultural practices, nutrition, and income generation.


This is a new category which aims to capture and celebrate the work and photography of local partners and people.



Kahfy Yudha, Surf Aid

The photo depicts a mother with her two children in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, planning their daily meals. The nutrition calendar puts into practice the skills parents learn from local health volunteers during nutrition sessions and cooking classes supported by SurfAid.

Runner up


John Mark, Save the Children

This photo was taken by 13-year-old John Mark in the Solomon Islands, and demonstrates the impact of rising sea levels on a community. Mark partnered with Save the Children on a child-led climate campaign.