Entry Title: "HRDC in Kathmandu"
Name: Michael Crook , United States
Category and Expertise: Social Cause, Professional

Entry Description: In 2013 I traveled to Nepal with World of Children Award, a foundation that honors organizations and individuals who do exceptional work helping underprivileged children globally. The Hospital and Rehabilitation for Disabled Children near Kathmandu, Nepal was started over 20 years ago by a Nepalese surgeon, Dr. Ashok Banskota. HRDC provides free orthopedic surgery & corrective procedures to children from vulnerable populations w/ injuries & deformities.

About the Artist:

Michael has a history of photographing fashion and music. Having honed her skills assisting some of the world's best photographers when she was young, she is now photographing worldwide travel, documentary and pro sports from a unique and cinematic perspective. For 7 months in 2011, she lived and worked In Italy, shooting behind the scenes in the world of professional cycling. She produced photo essays and short documentary films exploring the world's most loved cycling brands including Milani Cycles, Colnago, De Rosa, Bianchi, Fi'zi:k and more. She has covered Pro Cycling in Europe for Peloton Magazine, Paved Magazine, and CyclingFans.com. Michael is also currently a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker for UNICEF in West Africa and recently traveled to India and Nepal to produce a documentary film for The World of Children Award Foundation. She recently traveled to Mexico for The Girl Effect as well. Michael lives in New York and is a contributor to Corbis Images for Documentary and Special Projects. She is a 2012 Communication Arts Photo Annual Winner. In 2014, Michael plans to continue traveling the world and is always eager to get her hands dirty.