Photo Friday: The First Annual ‘Mountain Prize’ Award

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will confer its first-ever Mountain Prize award in 2018! Open to both individuals and organizations, the prize seeks to recognize those who have “demonstrated outstanding efforts enabling sustainable and resilient mountain development in the HKH (Hindu Kush Himalaya) region to benefit the environment as well as the communities – particularly the poor, the youth, and the women.”

Individuals or organizations that enter the competition stand a chance to win $5,000.

The nomination process ends this month on 30 April, and the winner will be announced on 5 June 2018, which just so happens to be World Environment Day.

For more information on how to qualify, check out the link to the new annual ICIMOD competition here.

This Photo Friday, take a peek at photos from some of ICIMOD’s past award competitions.

ICIMOD’s Single Photo Contest Winners


Hard Life by Susheel Shrestha
First Place was awarded to “Hard Life” by Susheel Shrestha, which portrays local female porters carrying wooden planks to build a new hotel at Kyanjing Gompa in Rasuwa district (Source: ICIMOD).


Women and their livelihood to combat climate change
Second Place was awarded to “Women and their livelihood to combat climate change” by Upakar Bhandari, which showcases Hukam village, a mountain village of Rukum where women grow mountain crops to feed their families (Source: ICIMOD).


Another Tree Sacrificed by Didar Ali
Third Place was awarded to “Another Tree Sacrificed” by Didar Ali, which depicts the hardships of the Wakhi/Pamirians living in Gojal valley, Pakistan. Having no alternatives, they rely on wood for cooking and heating (Source: ICIMOD).


Resilient Hindu Kush Photo Story Contest


From Peaks to Plains - Troubled Waters along the Gandaki River
The winner of this prize was “From Peaks to Plains – Troubled Waters along the Gandaki River” by Alice Chautard, which follows the Kali Gandaki river as it originates from Himalayan glaciers in the desert-dry region of Upper Mustang, at the border with Tibet (Source: ICIMOD).
























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