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On November 30, 2011 the Adaptation Fund annouced the winners of its 2011 Photo Contest. Congratulations to Md. Mahbubur Rahman  of Bangladesh for his striking photo, which placed first. Photos from Mexico,  India, and Madagascar were also selected as winners. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

Selection criteria

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The jury members generally gave the highest scores to pictures showing adaptation strategies in addition to the impacts of climate change. They also evaluated the quality of photos (composition, clarity, color), the relevance of the subject, and creativity (both the photo itself and the adaptation strategy).


First Prize

Photographer: Md. Mahbubur Rahman  of Bangladesh

Location: Gopalganj, Bangladesh

Title: Jute Cultivation-Fight against the Climate Change 

Caption: Jute is a versatile, natural fiber that has been used for thousands of years to make things such as rope, twine, Hessian bags, rugs, and much more, yet for last couple of decade it lost its world market due to over usage of polythene etc. But the recent world wide climate movement has further reminded us the necessity of jute since jute cleans the air, use less fertilizer, herbicides & pesticides, improves soil conditions. It also has high biological efficiency, sound agricultural practices and biodegradability. The ‘green’ credentials of jute bags and fabrics are excellent when it is rapidly growing worldwide awareness of environmental problems and of the need for sustainable development. Gopal Chandra and other farmers are washing Jute.


Second Prize

Photographer: Stuart Matthews of  London


Title: An Uncertain Future

Caption:1,300 Workers are building a 9,500ft Ring Dam, which will cross 3 canals and create a barrier against the rising floods in the Monsoon season.


Third Prize (tie)

Photographer: Richard Ewbank of London

Location: Sundarbans, West Bengal, India

Title: Climate Resilient farmer

Caption: A farmer explains how diversifying crop production and integrating trees and fish-farming into his operations has increased resilience to cyclones and groundwater salinity.


Third Prize (tie)



Photographer: Denis Lacour of Mauritius

Location: Ifaty region in Madagascar

Title: Water issue.

Caption: Water scarcity inlands in the south of Madagascar.


Third Prize (tie)


Photographer: Victor Casillas Romo of Mexico

Location: Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Title:  Struggling to survive

Caption:  The man is carrying the fish he just caught from the biggest lake of Mexico, which is very polluted and contaminated. Some years the level is very low as the rain is unpredictable.



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