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Stunning images: How the UN achieved its goals

Last updated on: September 21, 2010 19:38 IST
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Five Indians have won top prizes in various categories of an international photography contest organised by the United Nations to spotlight the Millennium Development Goals.

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Winners were announced on Wednesday ahead of the MDG summit next week in which world leaders would participate before the opening session of the UN General Assembly.

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A young boy climbs the stairs of his school in Bhopal

Prakash Hatvalne from Bhopal was awarded the first prize under the 'education' goal for his photograph showing a young boy climbing up the stairs of his school in Bhopal.

"The light was very bright," Hatvalne said, recalling waiting outside a shop on a hot summer day when he noticed the boy climbing the stairs at a nearby school with his school bag strapped to his back.

"The boy dressed in white on the old black steps really attracted me as a photographer and I started clicking," he added.

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A health activist administers the Hepatitis B vaccine to a child

Piyal Adhikary, also from India, won the award for her photograph called 'Vaccination Mission' showing Radha Das, a social health activist, giving Hepatitis B vaccine to a child at a rural health centre. The image was chosen for depicting the goal of reducing child mortality.

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The eight MDGs include eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and ensuring environmental sustainability.

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The winning snaps were selected under the different goals and divided between professional and amateur photographers. The winning photographs were picked from 3,000 photos submitted by more than 1,400 contestants.

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Children take a break from class at their newly-established school

Partha Patim Saha's picture, which showed children taking a break from class at their newly-established primary school in north-eastern India, won the amateur photographer's prize under the 'Education' goal.

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A woman joins her two male co-workers at a brick kiln

Joydeep Mukerjee won for a photograph called 'Equal Work', showing a woman joining her two male co-workers at a brick kiln in West Bengal. The image was also selected in the amateur category of the goal to achieve 'Gender equality and women's empowerment'.

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A young girl reads under her malaria net in West Bengal

Mukherjee, also won for his work called 'Preventing Malaria', in which a young girl is seen reading in her malaria net in West Bengal.

"I believe that an artist's work must be good consistently to be considered art," he said.

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Saikat Mukherjee's work, 'Hand in hand' -- showing fishermen from West Bengal and Orissa working together to bring their catch -- also won the award in the amateur category for showing 'global partnerships to promote development'.

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The award ceremony on Wednesday evening was presided over by UN Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro and Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme.

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A nurse listens to the heartbeat of a foetus at a local dispensary in western Kenya.

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A group of university students in Lahore, Pakistan, work together on a circuit board in their electrical engineering class

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Separating rice in Cebu, the Philippines. Updated irrigation techniques have helped improve the harvest in the country.

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Children in the Central African Republic pump clean water from underground.

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Residents of Cebu City in the Philippines receive free condoms from government health workers.

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Camila Gonzalez studies at home on a computer she received through Uruguay's 'One Laptop per Child' programme.

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Two older girls teach children in Nepal about the dangers of child marriage. This meeting took place one day before a planned child marriage in the neighbourhood.

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Fishermen bring in the daily catch in south-eastern Vietnam.

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A micro-loan allowed Lien from Vietnam to build a brick oven, start a business and send her children to school.

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A young girl from Myanmar attends school at a refugee camp in eastern Bangladesh.

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A mother and child recover from malaria in a hospital in Burundi. The government provides free health care for pregnant women and children under five.

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