Date released
29 November 2017


Woman in Indian dress holding basket of tomatoes in front of large tomato vine
Building women to build hope. Photo: Arnab Chakraborty

Winner - Best Photo

“This is Rani Hansda standing in front of her tomato field with a divine smile conveying joy, determination and a dream for a better life.” Arnab Chakraborty Women in the Bankura district; West Bengal, India face patriarchal discrimination and were rarely identified as `farmers’ until PRADAN, a national NGO, worked with them on an ACIAR project. A new variety of tomato has given these poor women hope.

Young man sitting on pile of red onions with field of crops in background
Story of Baldaive. Photo: Munawar Kazmi

Winner - Farm to Market

“Young Baldaive sitting on bunches of onions he and his family harvested. After school he works with his family in the onion fields. “Baldaive dreams of becoming a government employee so that he and his children might be prosperous... leaving behind this tiring work. I am inspired by his dreams and wish him all the best for the future.” 

Man with goggles on holding long spear with small fish wading through ocean
Fishing for the future. Photo: J.Vander Ploeg

Winner - Climate Change & Natural Resource Management

Peter Kuniu spears a rabbitfish in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Rapid population growth, increased connections to global markets and climate change threaten the sustainability of coastal fisheries in the Pacific. ACIAR is building the capacity of regional institutions, national governments & rural communities to manage marine resources to ensure they remain sustainable.

Farmers walking through field of shallot crops spraying them with liquid chemicals
Hard work, watering shallots in Java. Photo: Richard Markham

Winner - Crop Systems and Horticulture

The hard work of producing and harvesting shallots generates income for smallholder farmers as an alternative to their usual rice crop. But excessive applications of agrochemicals makes their work less profitable, and dangerous to their health and environment. ACIAR’s projects are helping them to find better ways to manage pests and diseases, and to rationalise their use of chemical ‘inputs’.

Two cows in a barn feeding on straw
Bali cows eating rice straw. Photo: Dianne Mayberry

Winner - Livestock

An ACIAR project in Indonesia investigated more efficient ways to feed livestock. Rice straw and other crop residues would be fed to cows with low energy requirements, while good quality feed like tree legumes would be saved for young animals and growing or fattening bulls. With a small amount of supplementation, cows can maintain weight and condition on a rice-straw based diet.

People pulling fishing nets into the ocean in front of storm clouds
Net Practice. Photo: Rajesh Dhar

Winner - Fisheries and Aquaculture

A group of fishermen on the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal, India.

Man with long dreadlocks standing on paddle board holding large eel/fish
Mornings Catch. Photo: Ian McLeod

Winner – People’s Choice Award

A villager with his morning catch in Gally Reach, Papua New Guinea.

Three women in a hut filling out a paper form
Monitoring cattle production. Photo: Elsa Glanville

Winner - Women and youth in Agriculture

Careful deliberation when piloting a household cattle survey in Ya Thar Village, Central Dry Zone, Myanmar Dr Bo Hein, University of Veterinary Science tutor (left), Masters student, Yadana Amh (right), and Dahat Pan Project junior scientist Ei Phyu (centre) piloting a household survey of cattle farmers participating in ACIAR’s Longitudinal Monitoring of Cattle Production in the Central Dry Zone Project.

Close up of fruitfly
Know your enemy! Photo: Richard Markham

Fruitfly on mango in Java, Indramayu, Indonesia. Fruitflies cause enormous damage to mangoes (and many other fruits and vegetables), in Australia, Indonesia and around the world. By understanding their ecology and behaviour, researchers can devise new ways to reduce their populations (using traps that exploit the flies’ food and mate finding behaviour; removing alternative breeding sites etc) in an approach known as ‘area-wide management’.

Group of people on mound of soil listening to a man speak
Story of Irrigation Training. Photo: Munawar Kazmi

Dr Tahir Khurshid, Project Leader for the ASLP Citrus Project from the NSW Department of Agriculture, explains soil profiling to Ms Naeema and Ms Hajra during a practical irrigation for horticulture training session.

Four men in a speedboat on a river with storm clouds above
Setting off. Photo: Ian McLeod

Researchers depart for a morning’s fisheries research in Galley Reach, Papua New Guinea.

Women and children in a hut putting white substance into a jar
Building the capacity of female farmers. Photo: Hafeez Ullah

Women smallholder farmers are trained to diagnose sub-clinical mastitis and help prevent dairy animal diseases.

Young boy collecting cauliflowers from rows of crops
Double cropping. Photo: Alak Kumar Jana

Agriculture research, education, crop diversification and efficient water use are changing Hemlata Mandi’s life. Mono-cropped, rain-fed, transplanted rice paddy doesn’t provide enough food, nutrition or income. The adoption of double cropping, short duration paddy followed by a low water requirement winter vegetable crop provides Hemlata with a diverse diet, the ability to earn a higher income, and a chance to overcome poverty.

A black pig standing up against a pen fence
Snout. Photo: Ian McLeod

Pigs are a vitally important part of the economic and cultural life of villagers in Papua New Guinea.

People in a field of crops with young girl in dress and sunhat standing in front of a basket
Strawberry season. Photo: Mohmoh Phyu

Strawberry picking season in Myanmar. Even the youngest family members get involved.

Crates of oranges
Kinnow mandarin. Photo: Gerard McEvilly

Citrus is Pakistan’s largest fruit industry and the Kinnow mandarin is the most popular, and over two million tonnes are produced annually. About one-third of the crop is never consumed, due to failings on-farm or after harvest. ACIAR projects are delivering technical solutions and research to investigate market conditions in Dubai, where Kinnow is shipped in both old-style timber crates and modern cartons.

Field of trees with their trunks painted white
Mango trees. Photo: Mohmoh Phyu

Mango trees in Myanmar after painting with lime cream.

Five men standing on the shore holding sea cucumbers
Sea cucumber. Photo: Watisoni Lalavanua

Sea cucumber fishers with their catch in Vanua Balavu, Fiji. 

Young boy from PNG holding a small sea cucumber in the palm of his hand, standing in the ocean
Sam with baby sandfish. Photo: Cathy Hair

A young boy from the village of Limanak (Tigah Islands, Papua New Guinea) holding a hatchery-bred sandfish (sea cucumber), part of a Papua New Guinea mariculture project.

Woman and four children in saris sitting in a field of onion crops
Story of Chandan Mai. Photo: Munawar Kazmi

Chandan Mai has worked in these onion fields for more than 35 years. Here she is surrounded by her grandchildren. She is hopeful that her family will earn a higher income from their onions with help from ACIAR. Chandan Mai believes agricultural research and development will provide a brighter future for her grandchildren.

Three women in saris spreading a large area of rice husks with hand-held tools
Graphical crops, Orissa, India. Photo: Rajesh Dhar

Women farmers spread rice husks to be dried on a concrete platform.

Arial view of two people in a canoe with a pile of small fish
Fill the pan - fill the stomach. Photo: J. van der Ploeg

Catherine and Syrilia sort the daily catch in the Lau Lagoon on Malaita. Fish are critical for the food security of coastal people in Solomon Islands. Research is improving our understanding of fisheries as a source of food for vulnerable communities in the Pacific. 

Man with large piles of dragon fruit
Dragonfruit sorting. Photo: Aljay Valida

Sorting freshly harvested dragon fruit on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Four women in saris and a man standing in a field of crops
Women in wheat crop. Photo: Munawar Kazmi

Women are vital to the production of almost all crops in Pakistan. ACIAR is supporting projects that build women’s knowledge and capacity, helping to increase production and improve livelihoods.

Smiling lady in straw sunhat among tall maize crops
Berina in the maize. Photo: Chenai Tsorayi

Berina Vhurande, VIRL Microfinance loan beneficiary, in her maize field. Berina Vhurande shows off her lush maize crops that she grows in Mashoko Irrigation Scheme in Bikita district, Masvingo province, Zimbabwe. She has been farming for a living for more than four years now. With irrigation facilities at her disposal, she is able to grow crops all year round. She rotates maize, tomatoes, groundnuts and sugarbeans.

ACIAR Photography Competition - Exhibition Catalogue 2017