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Bangkok - 24 Oct 2017

News Number: G/47/2017

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) invited professional and budding photographers from the region to participate in a photo contest to mark UN Day on 24 October 2017 themed, ‘Building a stronger, safer and more sustainable Asia-Pacific.’

Open to photographers of all ages, backgrounds and skills, the contest drew over 140 creative entries which highlighted five key themes based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Clean Water and Sanitation for All, Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Life on Land.

Breech Asher Harani won the judges favourite award with his photograph of a natural display of Crane Flies. The photo tells an important story of the impact of climate change and deforestation in Compostela Valley, Philippines, where crane fly species have fled and now find refuge in lowland areas which are not their natural habitat. This has led to an ecological imbalance as upland birds can no longer feed on these insects and have decreased in number, thus, affecting human consumption, seed dispersing and sustainable population levels of prey and predators in the area.

ESCAP would also like to congratulate winners in the following categories: Rizka Kamila Nabawiya, Indonesia (Young Photographer), Jaya Setiawan Gulo, Indonesia (Most liked on Social Media) and Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Bangladesh (UN Staff).

Winning entries will be exhibited at the UN Day Commemoration in Bangkok on 30th October 2017.

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