Honorable Mention: In a fishing village in Nhatran, Vietnam, these women are repairing fishnets for their husbands for the next journey to the ocean, photo by Loc Mai
Honorable Mention: A gravel-crushing workplace in Chittagong, Bangladesh remains full of dust and sand. These workers have come to work here for six months. Afterward they will return home or move on to other work, photo by Faisal Azim
East Asia and Pacific Region: Workers pass through dunes in the morning in Vietnam, photo by Lê Minh Quốc
Second Place: In China, fishermen use nets early in the morning. They sell their catch at the market to make a living, photo by Liming Cao
Middle East and North Africa Region: A watch repairman at work in Bur Dubai, photo by Evans Claire Onte
Grand Prize: A family farms their paddy field during monsoon season in Chilkirhaat, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. Rice is the staple food of the state, and paddy cultivation plays a major role. Men, women and even children take part, photo by Sujan Sarkar
Honorable Mention: An Indian man looks out though a small window in his shop while a woman enters through an adjacent lane. The owner of the shop uses electricity and telephone cables to run his shop and finance himself, photo by Rana Pandey
Honorable Mention: Camel sellers enter a market in Egypt, photo by Mohamed Kamal
Digital Finance: Although this Indian woman comes from a remote village 50 kilometers away to sell ginger and garlic in the city, she is always smiling. She and other street vendors have no permanent place to sell their goods but manage to find places to do so, like under a truck or a bridge, photo by Subrata Adkhikary
Honorable Mention: A young boy and his father work in their shop bending iron in Kolkata, India, photo by Subhasis Sen
Honorable Mention: Asgar Mia works in a small re-rolling industry. Small industries are rapidly growing in Bangladesh and facilitating many job opportunities for unemployed people, photo by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan
Small Business Enterprises: An Indian man makes a traditional silk sari at the first floor of his small house in Varanasi, photo by Tatiana Sharapova
Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region: A peasant family in Bursa Aksu village, Turkey, make tomato paste, photo by Bülent Suberk
Smallholder Families: Old Ladakhi women work in a mountain field. They grow vegetables to sell it at local market in Ladakh in northern India, photo by Tatiana Sharapova
There are nearly 2 billion people around the globe that lack access to basic banking. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a World Bank initiative that advocates for more financial services in vulnerable communities,ran a photography competition this year, with the participation of 77 countries and more than 3,300 people aiming to document the struggles and successes of those business owners outside the system.
This photographic work empowers direct impact and improves the lives of one or many. The grand prize winner receives a 2 thousand USD gift certificate for photography equipment and the chosen image will be displayed on the Times Square Jumbotron in New York City. Above, we show you a selection of prized images and the honorable mentions as well as caption information provided by CGAP.