Photo Contest on Mountain Biodiversity

May 28th, 2010

From 17 March to 10 May 2010, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) held a Photo Contest on Mountain Biodiversity to mark the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, as well as to raise awareness about the role of mountain biodiversity in sustaining life in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region and beyond. The results were officially announced on 24 May at an ICIMOD event to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May 2010).

Among the 783 entries received in five categories, the entry “Cherub of mountain forest” by Sonam Tashi Lama was judged best overall entry. The winning entries can be viewed here.

The best entries in the thematic categories were:

  • ‘Farming in Manang’  by Sunil Sharma, taken in Manang, Nepal (Mountain Agrobiodiversity);
  • ‘Her own technology’ by Md. Mahbubur Rahman, taken in Bandarban, Bangladesh (Traditional/ Indigenous knowledge Associated with Mountain Biodiversity);
  • ‘Harvest time in the Grandfather Mountains’ by Andrew Scanlon, taken in Koh-e Baba Mountains, Afghanistan (Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services Associated with Mountain Biodiversity);
  • ‘Bio prospectors’ by Kyaw Kyaw Winn, taken in Mon State, Myanmar (Threats to Mountain Biodiversity);
  • ‘A tribal ‘mro’ woman preparing rice’ by Jashim Salam taken in the Banderban Hill Tracts’ Bangladesh (Women and Mountain Biodiversity).

A panel of two judges comprising Mr Alex Treadway and Mr. Jagdish Tiwari selected the winning entries. Alex is a British photographer who has photographed extensively in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region. His photographs have been published in magazines such as the National Geographic Adventure and Geo Special. Jagdish is a well known Nepali photographer, specialising in mountain landscapes. His photographs have been sold as postcards, posters, and calendars and he  has published a book ‘Passing by Nepal’ in collaboration with Soren Lauridsen, a Danish photographer. The judges’ profiles can be read here.

We congratulate the winners and all those who participated in the photo contest to showcase the mountain biodiversity of the region to the world-at-large.