THE WINNERS

UNESCO is pleased to announce the winners of the International Photo Contest “Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads, which was open from 11 April – 22 July 2018. The main objective of the contest was to raise young people’s interest in the Silk Roads, and to encourage them to share their views and perspectives on the common heritage that developed along these historical Routes of Dialogue.

Category One: 14-17 Years Old Winners 

Tibetan Girl Wearing Wild Flowers

First Prize for Category One: 14-17 Years Old

Name: Zijie Gong
Age: 17 years old
Country: China


Tibetan Girl Wearing Wild Flowers
 

“This photo was taken in the grasslands between Sichuan and Tibet.  It has been one of the pathways of the historic Silk Roads. The beautiful Tibetan girl with wildflowers lives on a plateau between China's Sichuan Province and Tibet”

 

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Zijie Gong Photography.  Grasslands, Sichuan and Tibet.
Memoirs of Love

Second Prize for Category One: 14-17 Years Old

 

Name: Rishab Nandi
Age: 14 years old
Country: India

Memoirs of Love

“A couple record their love and togetherness at the Taj Mahal, which is regarded as the symbol of Love. The lovers in silhouette were appealing to me against the bright monument. My image is photographed against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal, which depicts Mughal architecture influenced by Islamic architecture trends and culture. My image also depicts love, which is the universal language that might have travelled along the Silk Roads with the trade and ideas”.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Rishab Nandi Photography.  Taj Mahal, India.
Mbah Ripto, Playing a Gamelan

Third Prize for Category One: 14-17 Years Old

Name: Michael Theodric 
Age: 16 years old
Country: Indonesia

Gamelan

Mbah Ripto, playing a gamelan (a traditional Indonesian music instrument) that he made himself. "Gamelan” was founded in the 8th century in Borobudur Temple, which is a Buddhist temple.  Buddhism was mainly spread along the Silk Roads.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Theodric Michael Photography. Playing a Gamelan, Indonesia.

Category Two: 18-25 Years Old Winners

Sunrise over Bagan

First Prize for Category Two: 18-25 Years Old

Name: Pyae Phyo Thet Paing
Age: 25 years old
Country: Myanmar

Historical Art of Bagan

“Bagan belongs to Myanmar’s heritage in Asia. There are many old pagodas and cultural buildings.  The land of Bagan is so beautiful.  At sunrise and sunset, Bagan is such a peaceful time.  It is definitely a treasure of Myanmar. My photo represents a common heritage of Silk Roads because of its link to the past.”  

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Pyae Phyo Thet Paing Photography.  The Heritage Monument in Nature of Bagan in Burma, Myanmar.
Gongfu on Hand

Second Prize for Category Two: 18-25 Years Old

Name :  Xiaoyi Yan
Age : 22 years old
Country :  China

 

Gongfu on Hand

 

“Photographed in the old tea house in Peng, Chengdu, in the Sichuan province in China. Historically, Chinese tea was the main commodity of the Silk Road. In contemporary society, both the spiritual and cultural significance associated with tea and teahouses have been recognized by the world. Tea plays a major role in trade, while also helping to promote mutual understanding and respect between people”.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Xiaoyi Yan Photography. Gongfu on Hand, Sichuan China.
Dream of the return

Third Prize for Category Two: 18-25 Years Old

Name :  Ahmed Gaber

Age : 21 years old

Country :  Egypt

 

Dream of the return

 

“Respecting and showing affection towards elders is a value embedded in different cultures along the Silk Roads. An elderly lady is embraced by her son, Haja.  Shama, 90, left Palestine in 1948 for Egypt with her family and settled at Fadel Island in Sharkya, Nile Delta. My photo represents the difference between the ease of travel in the past versus today. Previously, you could simply travel through countries via the Silk Roads. However, now it is more difficult. People are not as open-minded, and migration can be much more dangerous”.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Ahmed Gaber Photography.  Dream of the return,  Fadel Island in Sharkya Egypt.

Category One: 14-17 Years Old Honourable Mentions

Culture

Honourable Mention for Category One: 14-17 Years Old

Name: Anushka Kesharwani

Age:16 years old

Country: India

 

Culture

 

Culture opens the sense of beauty.

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Anushka Kesharwani Photography.Sense of Beauty,India.
Fun Bath

Honourable Mention for Category One: 14-17 Years Old

Name: Fardin Oyan

16 years old

Country: Bangladesh

 

Fun Bath

 

“The picture shows the happiness of childhood.  

These children live in my neighbourhood, in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. They were playing and having fun while it was raining”.

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Zijie Gong Photography.Fun Bath,Bangladesh.

Category Two: 18-25 Years Old Honourable Mentions

The School Way

Honourable Mention for Category Two: 18-25 Years Old

Name: Amanullah Sedaqat

Age : 25 years old

Country: Afghanistan

 

The School Way

 

“During the Taliban regime, schools were closed to students in most parts of Afghanistan. They opened up again after the interim government. In Daikundi province, after 14 years of Taliban rule, there were still basic schools and facilities available for existing students. This photo was taken in 2016.”

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. ©Amanullah Sedaqat Photography. The School Way, Afghanistan.
Celestial Youth

Honourable Mention for Category Two: 18-25 Years Old

Name: Nasiba Nurmatova

Age: 25 years old

Country: Kyrgyzstan

 

Celestial youth

 

“Kyrgyz dancers on a traditional swing at the Teskei Jeek, South Shore, Issyk Kul Ethno Festival. Since ancient times, traditional dancing, which is a part of the Silk Road culture, has been passed down through generations.”

 

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest Winners. © Nasiba Nurmatova Photography. Celestial youth , Kyrgyzstan.