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Finalist 2008

Luis Sánchez Davilla



Poverty in this country is mainly rural. Progress in the struggle against poverty among ethnic minorities has been limited. These minorities represent just 13% of the total population but account for 39% of the population classed as poor. There is a basic need to increase access for the rural poor to quality essential infrastructure and health care. While Vietnam has achieved a certain level of equitable development, the challenge for it to continue in this direction in the future remains. Inequality triggers instability and political and social agitation. Vietnam can be justly proud of what it has achieved in the area of social cohesion and should aim to pursue this goal. The picture was taken in June 2007 in Ho Chi Minh City, the administrative capital of Vietnam.


Luis Sánchez Davilla is from Madrid and holds a degree in Communication Sciences, image branch, from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has traveled to more than 30 countries covering international conflicts; Gulf War, Kurdistan, Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan, Kosovo, etc. In addition to travel and social reports and interviews with personalities from the political, artistic, and cultural world. He was the chief photographer for the Spanish edition of Paris-Match. He currently works as a freelance photographer for advertising and editorial media clients: El Semanal, Geo, El Mundo Magazine, Viajar, Siete Leguas, Viajes National Geographic, Vogue, Liberation, etc.