PhotographerZoe Getzels
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHypoluxo, United States
Photo Date10.11.2011
Technical InfoJPG, RGB, 800x532px
Entry Description

Maria Lionza is a faith-healing cult in Venezuela that practices trans-possession. Every Columbus Day (‘Day of Indigenous Resistance’), thousands gather on the sacred mountain of ‘El Sorte’. There, spirit-mediums channel powerful historical deities from Venezuela’s ever-evolving pantheon – from the rebel spirit of Maria Lionza, to the liberator Simon Bolivar, to the ‘courts’ of Vikings, Cubans, Africans, Native Americans and more. The moment a medium is seized by an invading spirit is both dangerous and liberating. They claim that blood is proof that possession has occurred.

About Photographer

ZOE GETZELS 7308 Brookville Road Chevy Chase, MD 20815 +1 202 415 8408 I have just completed my freshman year at Beloit College, majoring in Health and Society with a minor in Photography. Photography Resume My interest is in documentary photography and health care in the developing world using BW film and an SLR camera. Awards, Competitions First prize, Photo Works Young Persons Competition, June 2008 Entered D.C. Foto Week, October 2008 Documentary Experience Volunteer in Haiti 2009: Photographing Cite Soleil, St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital, Kenskoff Orphanage, Haiti Water Voodoo Festival KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 2008: Volunteering in AIDS Orphanage Washington DC 2004-08, Anti-war marches, and the Homeless Other volunteer work and travels include Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, London AP Photography 5/5 Producing 12 images of concentration Producing 12 images of breadth Look 3 Photography Seminar, Charlottesville, Va June 2009 Intensive all-day professional critique workshop run by Maggie Steber and Scott Thode 2. Medical Resume My interest is in Pediatrics, HIV, EMS and public health services around the world. Current: Volunteering in San Jose, Costa Rica for the Ambulance Service Haiti Volunteer for Nos Petits Freres, One month in February and one month in July ‘09 Organized a digital photography project for children at the Kenskoff Orphanage; Collected and brought down art supplies to organize a craft room for children in the HIV ward of St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital; shadowed and assisted nurses Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 2008-‘09 Volunteer member of the BCC EMS, trained to run 911 calls in the back of ambulance. Learned how to take all patient vitals and got trained with my squad, awaiting to take my full EMT license courses Putney Global Action June 2008 One month volunteer an AIDS orphanage in KwaZulu Natal, an area which has the highest HIV rate in Africa National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, June 2008 Two week program in summer 2009 at Emory Medical School, simulations, lectures and basic medicine, cadavars; shadowed doctors at an inner city Atlanta hospital Internship at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda MD Two weeks in February ‘06, ‘07, ’08 300 hours of community service, volunteering and shadowing doctors and nurses in the ER, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Neurology Lead America Forum on Medicine, June 2007 Two weeks at Georgetown Medical School in Summer 2008, lectures on epidemiology and global health by CDC and NIH specialists, simulations, medical challenges World Horizons, July 2007 One month in a remote Andean village in Ecuador, working with a doctor in a small clinic, assisting with patient procedures including giving injections to patients and discussing diagnoses