Rajib Singha is a self-taught photographer and a teacher by profession who lives in West Bengal, India. Rajib has contributed to multiple citizen journalism sites such as Reuters Your View, Yahoo News, BBC Your View and others, along with national news dailies. As well, Rajib has won multiple photography competitions nationally and internationally.
This photograph depicts Muslim school girls taking a precarious ride to school on the back of a local trekker in Hooghly, of West Bengal state, in India.
The Allard Prize Photography Competition jury selected this photograph as it highlights the importance of education, and particularly girls’ education. The photograph is also a reminder of the effort undertaken by many girls around the world to obtain an education.