Photo competition “2030 Agenda: Take a look – Get involved”

Nearly 200 images from all over the world were uploaded during our photo competition: “Take a look – Get involved!”. We asked you to show us which of the topics of the 2030 Agenda are particularly close to your heart with regards to your country. Where do you feel that changes are needed most urgently?

The participants took our call literally and had a closer look: Many distressing pictures were submitted, but also many that conveyed hope. And the accompanying comments were very personal and gave us food for thought.

Here you can see a selection of the most impressive photos. Next year, they will be presented at various locations in Germany as part of an exhibition on the 2030 Agenda.

The winners of the photo competition

  • Pakistan – “Floating Infancy”

    Pakistan – “Floating Infancy”

    “Hamid, a child from one of 60 percent deprived families of Pakistan, caressing the camel calf born a few months ago, near the historical city of Lahore. Nomads from Southern Pakistan often come to Punjab for their cattle trade and go to Northern Pakistan to graze the pastures. The nomad child and camel calf were enjoying milk from the same nipple turn by turn.

    We need to arrange helpful schemes for these itinerant youths, where these children can meet their basic needs like clean water, hygienic living environment and good education so that they too can thrive and see a brighter future.”

    Photo: Muhammad Usman Jamshed

  • Indonesia – “Family reading campaign”

    Indonesia – “Family reading campaign”

    “As a U.S. study revealed recently, Indonesia ranks 60th out of 61 countries in terms of reading interest. This surely is a big challenge for Indonesia to face, considering that the country is one of the most populous in the world. Reading is an important activity that should start in the home. However, how should the parents teach their children to read when they are themselves illiterate? Through our project Kerbside Reading Stall, we try to promote the importance of reading within the community, which involves parents as their guide readers. It is crucial that a community reading centre should be easily to access. So we initiated a mobile library (reading stall), where people can stop by and sit together with their family members.”

    Photo: Zainah Rahmiati


  • District Jhang, Pakistan – “Homeless but not helpless”

    District Jhang, Pakistan – “Homeless but not helpless”

    “Climate change is a global problem, but its impacts are particularly felt in the third world. Pakistan was one of the recent victims of climate change: Five continuous large-scale floods occurred between 2010 and 2015, causing massive social, economic and physical losses. It resulted in huge population movement and livelihood destruction and, as a result, escalating poverty. Contrarily, it also helps communities to cope and adapt to such natural calamities, generating new ideas for sustainable community development to deal with such climatic events. The picture was taken during the 2015 flood event in the Pakistani district of Jhang.”

    Photo: Ali Jamshed

  • Madagascar – “Hunger and Education”

    Madagascar – “Hunger and Education”

    “The boy's face tells us how tired he is, caused by the lack of food. The teachers told us that many of their pupils fall asleep or can't concentrate on studying because they didn't eat before going to school.”

    Photo: Rindrahatsarana Ramanankirahina

  • Djerba, Tunisia – “City memory, architectural heritage and people”

    Djerba, Tunisia – “City memory, architectural heritage and people”

    “Djerba is a Tunisian island located in the south of Tunisia. It is very famous for its special architectural heritage. For thousands of years, houses have had a typical, unchanged design and architecture, which are considered as a patrimony in Tunisia. However, in the recent years, visitors and local activists noticed that the houses are neglected by the people living there and by the government. I travelled there for a week in August 2017, for a documentary photography tour through some villages in Djerba, talking to people and taking photos to understand why such negligence and carelessness exist. I discovered that the problem is entirely caused by social factors.”

    Photo: Amina Gharred

  • Douala, Cameroon – “Infrastruktur in Not”

    Douala, Cameroon – “Infrastruktur in Not”

    “During the rainy season, you can’t even tell the road and the river apart. But roads are an important prerequisite for sustainable development. We urgently need schemes and laws to improve this situation.”

    Photo: Séraphin Sokoudjou

  • Kliptown Station, South Africa – “Service delivery”

    Kliptown Station, South Africa – “Service delivery”

    “Using a train, thousands of people can be transported in large numbers at low cost. Also, it is one of the safest modes of transport and friendly to our environment – unlike cars and buses, which run on fossil fuels like petrol and diesel.”

    Photo: Lukhanyo Kwepile

  • Kabale District, Uganda – “Trekking for water”

    Kabale District, Uganda – “Trekking for water”

    “These women have to move about two kilometres up and down the hill to fetch water from a pond. It shows that much needs to be done to grant people access to clean water.”

    Photo: Hillary Kahoze

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – “Losing green space in big cities”

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – “Losing green space in big cities”

    “This picture shows a new area in Rio de Janeiro that was made for the Olympic Games of 2016. The place is really beautiful, but we have only very few green spaces. This is one constant problem in big urban centers. There is no more space for natural elements – which are represented in this photo by this single tree.”

    Photo: Rodrigo Santos

  • Chennai, India – “The Bath”

    Chennai, India – “The Bath”

    “I chose this picture because it shows the level of poverty – where a man takes a bath in rain water, by the roadside.”

    Photo: Senthil Raj Thenmozhi Karthik Raj

  • Moscow, Russia – “Die körperbehinderten Fallschirmspringer”

    Moscow, Russia – “Die körperbehinderten Fallschirmspringer”

    “This picture was taken at an attempt of setting up a Russian national record in formation skydiving by skydivers with disabilities. In my opinion, this is a good example of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: When lots of people create an environment which allows people with disabilities to live a full life and make such things possible.”

    Photo: Veronica Narozhnaya und Yury Isakov

  • Seychelles – “Schönheit des Mülls?”

    Seychelles – “Schönheit des Mülls?”

    “I felt that the old fishing net was beautiful, almost even artistic. And yet, it stands for something that was left behind, something that brings pollution and death.”

    Photo: Larissa Fricke, Deutschland

  • Douala, Cameroon – “Senioren in Kamerun”

    Douala, Cameroon – “Senioren in Kamerun”

    “Old people often have a hard time when they retire, instead of being able to rest in their old age. There are only very few retirement homes and only scant geriatric care, and they are hardly supported at all.”

    Photo: Séraphin Sokoudjou

  • Faisalabad, Pakistan – “Waste of Food”

    Faisalabad, Pakistan – “Waste of Food”

    “The food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. It is estimated that 40 percent of food is wasted in Pakistan. In Pakistan, enough food is produced to feed the entire population, but because of food waste, an estimated 6 out of 10 people go to bed hungry. In hotels, restaurants, Marriage Halls etc., food is wasted on a very alarming scale. And every year, a dramatic increase in food waste is witnessed in Muslim countries during Ramadan because of lavish buffets, excessive grocery shopping and cooking large quantities of food.”

    Photo: Awais Aslam

  • An Giang, Vietnam – “Climate change the river or humans?”

    An Giang, Vietnam – “Climate change the river or humans?”

    “The Mekong river, one of the longest rivers in the world, is being currently transformed by more than 10 hydroelectric dams and many other constructions.”

    Photo: Huynh Quang Vinh

  • Benin – “La Dame qui écrit”

    Benin – “La Dame qui écrit”

    “Well-ordered budget-management is vital for the fight against poverty and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in Benin. This is why the project ACMERP 2030 cooperates with the ministries for economics, finances and planning and development to achieve an efficient, transparent and accountable state budget. This is the only way to ensure that public resources are actually spent where public services are most needed.”

    Photo: Stephane Brabant und Miriam Bulbarelli, Deutschland 

  • Tigray, Ethiopia – “Innocence”

    Tigray, Ethiopia – “Innocence”

    “I chose this picture because it expresses my feelings when I first visited the small town of Waja. The burden of poverty and lack of adequate infrastructure falls on those who are vulnerable and the picture represents this message. I believe there is much work to do in empowering girls in the rural regions.”

    Photo: Fana Gizaw Teferra

  • Peru – “Nicht nur wir sind in Gefahr!”

    Peru – “Nicht nur wir sind in Gefahr!”

    “In some parts of Peru, the rapid population growth is increasingly becoming a threat to the country’s wildlife. Many places are over-populated and it is becoming more and more difficult to see one of nature’s largest birds: the Kondor Andino. This is a rare image of a giant condor over the Pacific Ocean, south of Lima. People have not yet reached this area and you can still spot these beautiful birds there.”

    Photo: Pablo Moreno R

  • Sacré Coeur d'Alger, Algeria – “Breaking Religious Barriers”

    Sacré Coeur d'Alger, Algeria – “Breaking Religious Barriers”

    “This photo shows a young Muslim young woman reading a Roman Catholic book. For me, it represents the momentum of understanding people of different faiths and moving towards a world where all religions live in peace and acceptance.”

    Photo: Bilal Mehdaoui

  • Vietnam – “Raglay, an ethnic minority living in the area of centre Vietnam”

    Vietnam – “Raglay, an ethnic minority living in the area of centre Vietnam”

    “The picture was taken in the Nui Chua national park area of Centre Vietnam. I have a project there to do biodiversity survey. The local community (Raglay group) is living in harmony with the forest. I set up a project to help them to use some non timber forest products, forest tree seeds, to do handicraft for them to get more income. The project runs since 2005 to now lead by the women in the Cau Gay village.”

    Photo: Truong Quang Tam

November 2017


30 January 2018

Dear all,

your photos deeply impressed me. Your texts beneath your photos have a rough poetic charme. You really touched me. Thank you so much for your contribution to the Agenda 2030 from your personal point of view.

Warmest regards to all of you,


Alumniportal Deutschland – Redaktion
29 January 2018

Dear Alumni,

thank you once again for the numerous submissions to our Photo competition “2030 Agenda: Take a look – Get involved”!

The winner of the raffle for participation at the “Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development” from 21 to 23 March 2018 in Bonn is Rindrahatsarana Ramanankirahina from Madagascar. Her picture “Hunger and Education” is number 4 in the gallery.

We will report about the “Global Festival of Action” ( on Alumniportal Deutschland.

Kind regards,

Alumniportal Deutschland – Redaktion

29 January 2018

Congratulations to Photo Number 4 "Hunger and Education"
on the Raffle . Looking forward to articles on the portal .

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