When pictures speak more than words


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) together with Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) organized a Digital Photo Contest on the theme 'Mitigating Climate Change through the use of Renewable Energy Technologies' to celebrate the Renewable Energy Week 2014 from 6 to 12 February 2014.

The event aimed to draw the attention of the public, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders to diverse aspects of renewable energy technologies like solar, biogas, improved cook stoves, and small/micro-hydro which provide substantial input towards mitigating climate change. 

About 78 thematic photos were received. They were judged by a panel consisting of Photographer/Photo Editor Jitendra Bajracharya of ICIMOD, Atmospheric Environment Specialist Bidya Banmali Pradhan of ICIMOD, and Samir Thapa, Assistant Director of AEPC. Certificates and cash prizes of NPR 30,000, 20,000, and 10,000 were awarded to the top three submissions (see the winning pictures below). 

Thirty nine photos were displayed at the Renewable Energy Week Exhibition at Bhrikuti Mandap for public voting. The photograph that received the highest number of popular votes was awarded a cash prize of NPR 15,000. The lucky voter was also awarded a cash prize of NPR 5,000. The winners were announced on the last day of the exhibition on 10 Feb 2014.

Winners of the Renewable Energy Photo Competition

Here comes the light: A young girl who spent most of her life in the dark gravitates towards the new light of hope given by a recycled plastic “solar-bottle-bulb”. 

Photographer: Sanjog Manandhar/The Ujyalo Foundation

First Runner Up

Using alternative resources for survival: At a time when most of the ‘ghatta’ -traditional hydropower operated mill owners - have started using diesel, these women (seen in the picture) depend on water mill for generating income for their survival in Nepalthok in Kavre.

Photographer: Dipesh Shrestha 

Second Runner Up

Green Traveler: Solar power is the only source of energy to charge batteries, phones, laptops in high altitude area of Nepal during trekking.

Photographer: Uttam Babu Shrestha

Viewer’s Choice

In Achham district of Nepal, five water mills run with the water of the same river. 

Photographer: Piyush Dahal