Photographer: Pooja Ghalley
Pictured: Til Maya Ghalley

Categories: 2020, Color, Winner

My grandmother is the bravest woman I know. The courage this woman shows in a foreign land where she is oblivious to its culture, language, and beliefs is what gives me the courage to be who I am, today. The fact that despite being different from everyone else, she had maintained her true self and is not afraid to be who she is. In this period and time where everyone wants to mold themselves into someone else, so they can be accepted into society, this woman wants to preserve her beliefs and roots. The strength and compassion which she shows make me want to be better and true, every day.

- Pooja Ghalley