• This winning photo shows a young boy sitting on a rubbish-strewn street in Manila. (Jesus Thaddeus de Guzman/Photocrowd)Source: Jesus Thaddeus de Guzman/Photocrowd
These striking images could inspire understanding, compassion - and social change.
Alyssa Braithwaite

13 Oct 2016 - 3:34 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2017 - 11:54 AM

A young Filipino boy sits amidst piles of rubbish on a Manila street, without an adult in sight. Bathed in a soft light, he stares at the viewer, in the photo titled 'Abandoned'.

The arresting shot, taken by Jesus Thaddeus de Guzman, is the winner of a photographic competition run by Photocrowd to explore and raise awareness of homelessness around the world.

Judge Aaron Draper, the creator of the acclaimed Underexposed photo series on homelessness, noted that the "impact of the child's gaze is powerful...and forces a dialogue that has to happen to inspire change."

The global survey by the UN in 2005 estimated that 100 million people were homeless worldwide, and according to Habitat for Humanity, in 2015 more than 1 billion people lacked adequate housing.  

The most recent census data from 2011 found that on any given night in Australia, one in 200 people are homeless. 

Here are some of the other top-ranked photos from the hundreds of entries in the competition.




'Filthy Rich and Homeless', a new three-part documentary series, will explore the experience of homelessness when it debuts on SBS on Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June at 8.30pm. Each show will be available to view on SBS On Demand after broadcast.

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