Real Change is a member of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), a global nonprofit organization. Founded in 1994, INSP supports and develops more than 120 street paper projects in 40 countries and 24 languages, with a combined readership of six million per edition.
Street papers like Real Change are independent newspapers and magazines that operate on a social enterprise and self-help model to provide an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment.
In Seattle and around the world, street paper vendors purchase copies of their local street paper at a portion of the cover price and become micro-entrepreneurs, selling their product on the streets to earn their own living and support themselves and their families. In addition to employment, many INSP street papers offer their vendors ongoing social support and training opportunities.
In August, Real Change Editor Amy Roe traveled to Munich, Germany, for the annual INSP conference, hosted by Munich street paper, BISS.
During the conference, INSP announced the winners of the organization’s annual awards, including the photography category.
According to INSP, this category celebrates compelling visual imagery that deepens public understanding of, and compassion toward, issues of poverty and injustice.
For Best Photo, judges selected “In the Bathtub,” by Helga C. Theilgaard, Hus Forbi (Denmark), which is on the front page.
“The winning entry in this category reminds us of the simple things that we take for granted,” the judges said in a statement. “The powerful image depicts the invaluable service the nurses in Copenhagen’s Sundholm health clinic provide for the city’s homeless.”
The winning photo was selected from a competitive field of finalists, shown here.