EAN Prizes for ESCAIDE

Enter the EAN photo prize

As in the previous years, EAN, in collaboration with ECDC, is organising a photo contest open to all conference attendees.

Therefore, if during your adventurous life as an epidemiologist/microbiologist/public health expert:

  • you came across a situation, a landscape, a character, an unusual and memorable “something” related to public health;
  • you took a picture that can represent and depict one of the many facets of the life in "the field" and/or in “the lab”;
  • and you want to share your memories and emotions with those who can grasp their meaning,

please email us at eanboard@gmail.com with up to two photographs (by Friday 16 November) and the following information:

  • Author’s name
  • Date of the photograph
  • Place of the photograph (Location, Country)
  • Title of the photograph
  • Accompanying text (120 words max)

Accepted formats for the photographs are the following: jpg, tiff, png, psd, bmp. Files must not be over 10 MB.

More information on the photo contest guidelines and copyright issues is available here.

When submitting please also return the following consent form.

The submitted photographs will be exhibited during the ESCAIDE conference (St Julian, Malta, 21-23 November 2018). ESCAIDE participants will vote for the ‘best photo’ during the conference.

The winner of the “best photo” will be announced and awarded during the ESCAIDE closing ceremony.

About EAN best oral & poster prize

The EPIET Alumni Network (EAN) selects two presentations at ESCAIDE (one oral and one poster), which are most effective in transmitting a public health message.

EAN awards them as “best oral” and “best poster” presentation at ESCAIDE. This initiative was started in 2010 by the former EAN Presidents on occasion of the 15 years of EPIET and at the time it was called 'EAN Presidents’ Prize'. Since 2014, ECDC awards free registrations for the winners of the best oral and best poster presentations prizes for next year’s ESCAIDE.

An EAN Prize Committee judges the oral presentations. The Committee comprises EAN members that are not part of the graduating or current EPIET cohorts. Only presentations of submitted abstracts, which are the contributions in oral parallel sessions are eligible (i.e. plenary session presentations are excluded).

The poster presentations will be judged this year by the conference attendees via an online voting system. Information on how to participate to the online voting for the “best poster” presentation will be available during the conference.

Special thanks to all ESCAIDE participants and the EAN Prize Committee judges for their valuable contributions.

The winners of the “best oral” and “best poster” prize are awarded by the EAN President at the closing ceremony of ESCAIDE.

Note: Should a presenter/ participant wish to make a complaint or send in a suggestion in relation to the award of EAN prizes for the best oral and poster presentation, and the photo competition, this can be done by sending an email to eanboard@gmail.com.

EAN Prize winners from ESCAIDE 2017

Best oral presentation

Ummulkhulthum Bajoga, “Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance – Kaduna State, Nigeria 2011-2015

Best poster presentation:

Ulrike Baum, “Interactive vaccination coverage maps – a multipurpose tool for programme monitoring and health system development”

Photo contest

  • The winner of the 2017 EAN best photo contest is: "The gathering” by Susana Monge, Assamale, Chad

Date of the photograph : 12/08/2017

Description: Implementing population-based surveys in remote rural areas poses serious challenges to fulfill ethical requirements, such as informed consent, voluntary participation or confidentiality. Reliance on locals to identify the households, the need for guides and translators, the willingness of village chiefs and community leaders to be involved and the expectation around the exotic visitors, often result in the survey being a social event.

"The gathering" - EAN photo prize winner 2017 - Susana Monge
"The gathering” by Susana Monge, Assamale, Chad

EAN Prize winners from ESCAIDE 2016

Best oral presentation:

Iro Evlampidou, “Refugees crisis in Europe: Health status, life experiences, and mental health problems of transiting refugees and migrants on the Balkan route in 2015”

Best posters:

  • Cornelia C.H. Wielders, “Prevalence of and determinants for carriage of extended-spectrum Beta-lactamase and pAmpC-producing enterobacteriacea in the general population in a livestock-dense area”
  • Lara Utsi, “Water cooler tank : Use of qualitative data in the investigation of a large norovirus outbreak”​
  • Agnes Hajdu, “The added value of participation in the newly launched European surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections : the case of Hungary”

Photo contest

  • The winner of the 2015 EAN best photo contest is: “Le suivi est fini - The Bridge of Freedom” by Laura Reques, Tamaransy, Boké, Guinea.

Date of the photograph : 31/07/2015

Description: The little M.,K.& A. live in Tamaransy, a humble Guinean village that has become famous for summing 20 Ebola cases in one week. They have spent almost two months of “cerclage” contemplating how the heavy tank of international cooperation left small droplets of hope (a sack of rice, a colored clothing, a foreign smile), and waiting for their Thermoflash shoot every morning. This is the last day of quarantine. They are excited to cross the river. I look at them in the distance, free and pure, their idols on their back, letting the fresh water droplets refresh their faces, and I hope that on the other side of the bridge they find the path to their dreams.


“Le suivi est fini - The Bridge of Freedom” by Laura Reques, Tamaransy, Boké, Guinea.

EAN Prize winners from ESCAIDE 2015

Best oral presentation & best poster 

  • Best oral presentation: Natasha Crowcroft, Public Health Ontario, Canada: A systematic review for the basic reproductive number for measles:  implications for measles'

  • Best poster:  Domino Determann, Erasmus MC: 'Future pandemics and vaccination: public opinion and attitudes across three European countries'

Photo contest

  • The winner of the 2015 EAN best photo contest is: Hand in Hand’ by Alain Rakotoarisoa, Ministère de la Santé Publique, Madagascar.

  • Place: Antsirabe Madagascar

  • Description: Investigator and community worker walking hand in  hand on a bridge,crossing a river to carry out  investigations in a remote village

‘Hand in Hand’ by Alain Rakotoarisoa, Ministère de la Santé Publique, Madagascar.

EAN Prize winners from ESCAIDE 2014  

Best oral presentation & best poster

Best oral presentation: Evaluating implementation of polio vaccination and stool screening among Syrian asylum seekers, Germany, 2013/2014, Nadine Zeitlmann.  

  • Best poster:  Effect of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination programme on hospitalisation rates due to all-cause pneumonia and myringotomy with ventilation tube insertion, Ireland, 2005-2013, Margaret Fitzgerald.

Photo contest

The winner of the EAN best photo contest is the ‘P(PE)raying Circle’ by Nadine Zeitlmann.

  • Place: Ebola Treatment Unit, Monrovia, Liberia.
  • Description: A group of health care workers at the Ebola treatment unit at JFK Hospital in Monrovia Liberia who form a praying circle before entering the ward for their daily shift. For the purpose of recognizing each other, their first names are written on the PPE suit.
‘P(PE)raying Circle’ by Nadine Zeitlmann