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IREX Make a Better World Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our photo contest!

Thanks to all who participated! We received more than 550 submissions from around the world. A qualified panel of judges chose winners based on both artistic merit and their ability to illustrate our work in Technology, Information & Participation, Improving Communities, and Education & Employment. IREX's friends and followers on social media helped select the People's Choice winner.

Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner, Wonder World by Pranab Basak

"Wonder World" by Pranab Basak

Judges were impressed with this photo of girls learning at an Islamic Madrasha. One noted it "captures a moment shared between young women so passively and brilliantly. No flash, none of the subjects disturbed by the camera. Their eyes are on each other and the model earth." He went on to say "the juxtaposition of the greys and blacks of the room and the girl's clothing with the warmth of the globe is wonderful and symbolic of the theme of the contest."

Best of Tech, Info & Participation

Best of Technology, Information & Participation, One World by Ebrahim Elmoly

"One World" by Ebrahim Elmoly

Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution

Best of Ed & Employment

Best of Education & Employment, 
Agreed by Nimai Chandra Ghosh

"Agreed" by Nimai Chandra Ghosh

Students of a remote village school are listening to their teacher and showing a sign that they agree with him. These students are very serious in school.

Best of Improving Communities

Best of Improving Communities, Helping Hands for Development by Gregorio Dantes Jr.

"Helping Hands" by Gregorio Dantes Jr.

Residents of Brgy. 299 in Sta. Cruz, Manila participate in a clean up drive of clogged waterways to emphasize that people are part of the solution to Manila’s flooding woes.

People's Choice

People's Choice

"Awaiting a Better Future" by Yusuf Sumon

An Afghan school girl in Kabul, Afghanistan. She belongs to an adolescent development program working to improve the quality of life of vulnerable adolescents, especially girls.

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