This image, “Hands,” just won an Honorable Mention in Professional Women Photographers’ CONTRASTS call for entry. The image was taken in Lira, Uganda at the city dump site. The boys whose hands are in the image are street kids – kids that have been abandoned by family, or kids that have run away from abusive situations. I spent part of my summer working with street kids at Child Restoration Outreach (CRO). CRO is an organization that feeds the street kids, gives them a place to shower, clean their clothes, provides counseling for family reconciliation, and gives the kids education or job training. I taught a photography workshop while at CRO, and the kids produced photography, art work, and words that were later used in a local child rights advocacy outreach. The work produced during this workshop, along with documentary photographs that I created along the way, are in an exhibition called “art & advocacy :: street kids have a voice”. Upcoming exhibits are April at MonkeyBottom Gallery in Durham, NC and May 16-May 29 (reception & opening May 20th 7pm) at Projekte Gallery in Wilmington, NC.