Discover the Winners of the 3rd edition of the UNESCO "Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads" Photo Contest

27 September 2021

UNESCO is pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the international photo contest Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads", which ran from 24 May to 31 August 2021. The contest aims to raise of the Silk Roads shared heritage amongst young creatives, encouraging them to share their views and perspectives on the legacy and spirit of these historic routes of dialogue through the lens of their cameras.

In light of the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic, this years contest focused on the two parallel themes of Textiles and Clothing and Intercultural Exchanges in the Time of Covid-19, Including in the Field of Textiles and Clothing.

The contest was divided into two age categories: 14-17 years old, and 18-25 years old. Following a call for participation, around 3,000 submissions from all over the world were received. The international selection committee, comprised of renowned professional photographers, examined the entries and selected the following winners from each age category.

Winners Category 1: 14-17 years old

1st position
S.M. Al Muztaba Rosul
Bangladesh, 17 years old
Colours of Life

2nd position
Arda Taş
Turkey, 16 years old
Road in the Window

3rd position
KOU Yangming
China, 15 years old
Joyful Dance

Winners Category 2: 18-25 years old

1st position
Jahid Alam
Bangladesh, 24 years old
Life in Fabric, the Survivor

2nd position
Kyaw Zay Yar Lin
Myanmar, 25 years old
Novice Monks Pray Wearing Masks

3rd position
Behzod Boltaev
Uzbekistan, 25 years old
Happy Moment

Honourable Mentions Category 1: 14-17 years old

Honourable Mention 1
Nozanin Homidjonova
Tajikistan, 17 years old
A Glimpse of the Silk Roads in Modern Times

Honourable Mention 2
Symbat Zhamalbay
Kazakhstan, 17 years old
The Power of the Silk Roads

Honourable Mentions Category 2: 18-25 years old

Honourable Mention 1
Mohammad Ali Mirzayee
Afghanistan, 21 years old
Beauties of Culture

Honourable Mention 2
China, 18 years old
Ritual Drums

Honourable Mention 3
Emran Hossain
Bangladesh, 18 years old
A Young Woman Sewing by Hand at a Tailor Shop

These winning photographs, along with a shortlist of the best of the contest, will be published in an upcoming photo album. They will also be displayed in a traveling exhibition, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

UNESCO extends many congratulations to this year's winners and thanks all those who participated!

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