Winner of Habitat for Humanity International magazine photo contest selected from worldwide submissions

ATLANTA (Aug. 2, 2012) – Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce Jessica Notargiacomo of Gaithersburg, Md., as the winner of its 2012 Habitat World photo contest. People from around the world responded to the Habitat World call for photos representing the homebuilding organization’s life-changing work.

“The entries we received truly captured the heart of why we build,” said Shala Carlson, editor of Habitat World. “Jessica took her photo just as a new Habitat homeowner was finishing the last of his sweat equity requirements — a moment full of the hard work and hope that Habitat represents for so many families around the world.”

Notargiacomo, a 32-year-old photographer, submitted “Homeowner Doing Sweat Equity,” a photograph she took while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

“It’s inspiring to witness a first-time future homeowner take such pride and put so much intention into their own home,” said Notargiacomo. “Tesfaye was very serious in his tasks, making sure to get everything in his new home perfect, but every time you’d catch his eye, a huge smile crossed his lips.”

A team of Habitat judges reviewed each submitted photo for its ability to capture Habitat’s mission and impact, as well as its technical composition and quality.

As the contest winner, Notargiacomo receives a volunteer opportunity during the 29th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will return to Haiti later this year to help further rebuilding efforts.

Additionally, the photos submitted by Notargiacomo and four finalists—Patricia Genovese of Los Angeles; Robert Cordero of Chicago; Merrill Peterson of Carlsbad, Calif.; and George Stanton of Bristow, Va.—will be published in Habitat World and on

About Habitat World magazine
Habitat World magazine is the flagship publication of Habitat for Humanity International, with a print readership of 1 million. The magazine’s print editions and online presence have been honored by the Magazine Association of the Southeast and Association Media and Publishing. The December 2012 issue will feature the winning and finalist photos.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow us at or at or join Habitat’s blog community at