For the photo contest SMALL BILL, BIG THRILL, Wipplay and CashEssentials invited photographers to portray an important subject: Money.
It was an opportunity to mobilise as many people as possible. Thank you all for participating. Today, we announce the contest winners.
Congratulations to the Winners
First prize: ITO – To my Angel of today and tomorrow 🥇
“Art is accessible to all. It gathers feelings and souls, and love is the main actor” – Ito
Second prize : Sébastien Bordes – Cash Only 🥈
“New York …. The city that never sleeps!!! CASH ONLY ……. A small greenback spent today to wear beautiful shiny shoes and be a perfect Working Boy!!” Sébastien Bordes
Third prize : Olivier Tietsap – Du miel Naturel à 2500 cfa (3,81€) 🥉
“It was during July 2019., I decided to return to my beautiful little village of Babadjou in Western Cameroon, after 3 years of absence. The day of my arrival was market day. I jumped on the occasion and bought a liter of honey, fresh from the hives.” Olivier Tietsap
The Jury met at La Monnaie de Paris
The jury gathered at “La Monnaie de Paris”, the French Mint. There were professional photographers like Thierry Bouët and Philippe Assalit, economic experts like Olena Havrylchyk (professor at La Sorbonne University), Anne-Sophie Duroyon-Chavanne (Administrator of “la Monnaie de Paris”) and Guillaume Lepecq (Chair of CashEssentials).”
Zoom in on a favourite picture
©Desireogou “The skipping rope”
“In this poor neighborhood of Abidjan, parents cannot afford gifts for their children. They transform objects into toys, like this rope called “BICICI”. Made with plastic and costing €0.076, this gift is an endless source of joy for the children of the village. ” Derieogou.
Olena Havrylchyk said: “This child reminds me of the little girl I was. A child who was playing with the same skipping rope… I think that this image reveals something important. The pleasures we can live – even with little money – require effort. An effort to buy the object, but also an effort to repair it and keep it in use. Just look at all those knots”
Exhibitions will be planned in 2020 to showcase the jury’s favorites pictures.