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Winners of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2018

As part of its activities commemorating the World Youth Skills Day 2018, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized this year's Skills in Action Photo Competition. More than 200 submissions were received from all over the world, focused on how TVET is empowering young people in their communities, according to the three main thematic priority areas under the UNESCO TVET Strategy which are:

  • Encouraging youth employment and entrepreneurship – showing how youth are able to put skills acquired into practice, leading to securing jobs or starting their own businesses.
  • Promoting equity and gender equality – showing how access to skills development should be for all young people and how skills development can overcome gender stereotypes and inequality issues.
  • Facilitating transition to sustainable economies and societies - showing how young people with greening and digital (ICT) skills can help build sustainable societies and help address climate change and sustainable development related issues.
We are proud to announce the winner of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2018.

1st Prize winner

Female shoemaker - Sibomana Gilbert, Rwanda

CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Sibomana Gilbert

Description: This photo was taken in Muhanga district, in the southern province of Rwanda. Gloriose Mukanyandwi is 25 and she lives with a disability of having lost one leg from cancer. Through the support of a local organisation, she is now learning shoemaking.

2nd Prize winner

Eureka, I’ve done it! - Amitava Chandra, India

CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Amitava Chandra

Description: The student is in a jubilant mood on yielding a complete garment independently, which also brings a smile for a satisfied teacher. The photo was taken in the area of South 24-Parganas, West-Bengal, India.

3rd Prize winner

Overcome fate - Linh Pham, Vietnam


Description: This is Lieu, 23 years old. She was a victim of a chemical agent attack. Before, she was not able to do any work and lived on a pension. But now, Lieu is able to make her own money by crafting bead flowers that require incredible effort. In Vietnam, there are still a lot of people suffering the same fate as Lieu and she strives to be an example for others in overcoming adversity.

Top 20 photo finalists

You can find the rest of the entries that fulfill the technical and thematical requirements of the competition on our Flickr page.

We will contact the top 3 winners and the top 20 finalists with information on how to receive their cash prizes and/or certificates accordingly.

We would like to thank Gabriela Anna Cieploch for helping us to evaluate the entries. Gabriela is working as a Communications Specialist at Youth, Literacy and Skills Development of the Education Sector at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Further information

World Youth Skills Day is also celebrated across the UNEVOC Network. You can find examples of activities carried out by our UNEVOC Centres here

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