"Zoom-in on Poverty" global photo contest offers a glimpse of world poverty and calls for refocus and action

17 Oct 2011

image Nyaung U won the Creative Images Bronze Award for this photo of a girl in Mandalay, Myanmar, searching for recyclable materials. (Photo: Nyaung U)

Xinhua-UNDP competition concludes with prestigious Award Ceremony and Exhibition

Beijing
—As the world observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an award ceremony and exhibition were held today to mark the conclusion of the “Zoom-in on Poverty” Global Photo Contest. Organised by the Xinhua News Agency and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this competition has offered a timely insight into the status of world poverty through compelling photographs that portray some of the major causes, solutions and achievements made in poverty alleviation to date.

At a time when efforts to reduce poverty face the new challenges presented by uneven growth, degraded natural resources and food security crises, this event was designed to showcase the effects that worldwide inequalities are having on the 1.44 billion people currently living in poverty around the world. It is also intended to inspire people to take a more active role in identifying steps that they can take to help tackle these challenges.

Over 32,000 entries from 109 countries and regions were eventually received following the launch of the contest earlier this year. Among them were professional entries from journalists representing 262 media agencies, including Reuters, Associated Press, Itar-Kass News, Kyodo News, and The Daily Nation of Kenya. Meanwhile, the competition proved to be equally popular among thousands of amateur participants located around the globe.

The award ceremony was witnessed by UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, who delivered a speech in recognition of the contest’s important role in advocacy for action against poverty. In doing so, her remarks echoed that of a similar address which she gave in Beijing at the 2011 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum earlier in the day, in which she emphasised the importance of improving the living conditions of poor communities and accelerating sustainable poverty reduction. 

“The photos we see here today tell their own stories – stories of hardship, but also of triumph,” she said. “They remind us how far the world still has to go to eradicate poverty, and of the need to put people at the centre of our thinking and actions – to ensure that economic growth is inclusive, and to give all people the opportunity to participate in the development process.”

Mr. Li Congjun, President of Xinhua News Agency, was also keen to impress a sense of responsibility upon the competition’s many participants.

“Poverty alleviation is at the core of all of the Millennium Development Goals and is an obligation that we all share as human beings,” said Li. “As a growing international media group, this is something at the heart of Xinhua News Agency and our partnership with the United Nations Development Programme,” he added.

During the event, winners from each of the competitions’ 7 categories were given the chance to explain the stories and concepts behind their images, before being presented with their awards. Among those to receive Gold Prize Awards was Italian photographer Stefano De Luigi, who won the Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Award for his portrayal of the human and environmental dimensions of poverty in a collection of thought-provoking images, entitled simply “Drought in Kenya”. By far the most popular category – The Netizen’s Choice Award – went to Wu Xiaoling, whose depiction of the hope of those living in the newly formed South Sudan, were delicately captured in his “Blossoming out of the Dust” entry.

This latest cooperation between the United Nations and Xinhua represents the strengthening of their broad strategic partnership aimed at promoting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, which include combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women, by 2015. And, following the success of this project, Ms. Clark took the opportunity to thank Xinhua its commitment to human development.

“Xinhua’s support in relation to this contest reinforces the important role of the media in raising awareness about poverty and has set a good example of social responsibility,” she concluded.

List of Prize-winners for Zoom-in on Poverty Global Photo Contest
“关注贫困”全球摄影大赛获奖名单

List of Gold Awardees 金奖得奖名单

Prize 奖项

Photographer作者

Prize-winning Work 作品

Nationality 国籍

Working Place
供职单位

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Gold Award
纪实类职业单幅金奖

Robin Utrecht
罗宾·于特雷希特

HUNGER IN ETHIOPIA
饥饿的埃塞尔比亚

Holland
荷兰

Robin Utrecht Fotografie

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Gold Award
纪实类职业组照金奖

Stefano de Luigi
斯特凡诺·德路易吉

DROUGHT IN KENYA
肯尼亚旱灾

Italy
意大利

VII Network

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Gold Award
纪实类非职业单幅金奖

Jiang Yushu
姜玉树

SHOP
小店

China
中国

Shanting Federation of Literature and Art, Shandong
山东省山亭区文联

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Gold Award
纪实类非职业组照金奖

米格尔·坎德拉
Miguel Candela

LIVING IN DARKNESS
生活在黑暗中

Spain
西班牙

Individual
独立参赛者

Creative Images Gold Award
创意作品组金奖

Huang Lingfang
黄铃芳

DESIRE FOR PARENTS' LOVE
爸爸妈妈和我在一起... ...

China
中国

Jiangxi University of Science and Technology
江西理工大学

Netizen’s Choice Award
网络人气奖

Wu Xiaoling
吴晓凌

Blossoming out of dust
尘埃中的花朵--南苏丹返乡者

China
中国

Xinhua News Agency
新华社

Anti-Poverty Achievement Award
消除贫困贡献奖

Xie Hailong
解海龙

NA

China
中国

Individual
独立参赛者

 

Other Awardees 其他得奖者

Prize 奖项

Photographer作者

Prize-winning Work 作品

Nationality 国籍

Working Place
供职单位

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Silver Award
纪实类职业单幅银奖

Finbarr O'Reilly

SAVING HUNGRY CHILDREN
拯救饥饿的孩子

NA

Reuters
路透社

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Silver Award
纪实类职业单幅银奖

Crouch Graham

HUNGRY
饥饿

Australia
澳大利亚

Individual
独立参赛者

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类职业单幅铜奖

Wicaksono Gunawan

BETWEEN DREAM AND REALITY
梦想和现实之间

Indonesia
印尼

Koran TEMPO Daily

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类职业单幅铜奖

Shen Yu
沈煜

GARBAGE COLLECTOR
拉车的拾荒者

China
中国

Elite Traveler
《携程自由行》杂志

Editorial Images Best Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类职业单幅铜奖

Wijaya yudhi sukma

HOMELESS
无家可归

Indonesia
印尼

the Jakarta Globe

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Silver Award
纪实类职业组照银奖

Wang Lei
王雷

REFUGEE CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN
阿富汗难民儿童

China
中国

Xinhua News Agency
新华社

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Silver Award
纪实类职业组照银奖

Ding Haitao
丁海涛

POOR IVORIAN CHILDREN AND THEIR TOYS
我们的“玩具”

China
中国

Xinhua News Agency
新华社

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类职业组照铜奖

Mera.Pedro

TIJUANA
提华纳

Mexico
墨西哥

Individual
独立参赛者

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类职业组照铜奖

TED ALJIBETED ALJIBE

AFTER FIRE
马尼拉贫民区大火过后

NA

Agence France-Presse
法新社

Editorial Images Best Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类职业组照铜奖

Ariana Cubillos

MATERNITY
产妇

USA
美国

Associated Press
美国联合通讯社

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Silver Award
纪实类非职业单幅银奖

Sanyal.Asis Kumar

CAPTIVE
俘虏

India
印度

Individual
独立参赛者

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Silver Award
纪实类非职业单幅银奖

Zheng Han
郑涵

VEGETABLE GROWER
种菜老人

China
中国

Wuxi Social Security Fund Management Center, Jiangsu
江苏省无锡市社会保险积金管理中心

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类非职业单幅铜奖

Liu Li
刘莉

HOPE
希望

China
中国

Neijiang Oil Capacitor Factory, Sichuan
四川内江市石油容器厂

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类非职业单幅铜奖

Sanyal Asis Kumar

折磨
DAILY ORDEAL

India
印度

Individual
独立参赛者

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Singles Bronze Award
纪实类非职业单幅铜奖

Jiang Yushu
姜玉树

山村电影
OPEN AIR CINEMA

China
中国

Shanting Federation of Literature and Art, Shandong
山东省山亭区文联

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Silver Award
纪实类非职业组照银奖

Chen Xiaochuan
陈小川

SEA GYPSIES' LIFE
海上吉普赛人的生活

China
中国

Individual
独立参赛者

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Silver Award
纪实类非职业组照银奖

Li Fan
李泛

MOTHERS IN SICHUAN
大凉山彝家母亲

China
中国

Shanxi Normal University
陕西师范大学

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类非职业组照铜奖

Su Zhefang
苏哲芳

FREE LUNCH
爱心午餐

China
中国

Free Lunch Found, China Social Welfare Foundation
中国社会福利教育基金会免费午餐基金

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类非职业组照铜奖

Liu Guoxing
刘国兴

STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
艰难运行的嘉阳小火车

China
中国

Tibet Shade and Shadow Photographic Organization
藏地光影摄影机构

Editorial Images Best Non-Professional Stories Bronze Award
纪实类非职业组照铜奖

Li Fan
李泛

CHILDREN FROM XIHAIGU
宁夏“西海固”儿童生活肖像

China
中国

Shanxi Normal University
陕西师范大学

 

 

Creative Images Award 创意作品组得奖者

Prize 奖项

Photographer作者

Prize-winning Work 作品

Nationality 国籍

Working Place
供职单位

Creative Images Silver Award
创意作品组银奖

Song Chiyue
宋持月

HURRY ON JOURNEY
空山水远赶路忙

China
中国

Management Committee of Nanning Economic& Technological Development Zone
南宁经济技术开发区管委会

Creative Images Silver Award
创意作品组银奖

Lei Ying
雷鹰

LOOKING AT THAT PLANE
哥们,瞧那飞机

China
中国

KaKa Art Salon
咔咔艺术沙龙

Creative Images Bronze Award
创意作品组铜奖

Long Fuyun
龙福云

MOTHER
山寨里的母亲

China
中国

Shaoyang Scientific Society, Hunan
湖南省邵阳市科协

Creative Images Bronze Award
创意作品组铜奖

Nyaung U

POVERTY
贫困

Burma
缅甸

Myanmar Photographic Society

Creative Images Bronze Award
创意作品组铜奖

Sanyal Asis Kumar

THEME OF A DREAM
梦的旋律

India
印度

Individual
独立参赛者

Contact Information

Ms. Zhang Wei, Communications Officer, UNDP China.
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Tel (电话):
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*For more details, please visit the photo contest official website