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Picture This: We Can End Poverty

Working globally to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

See the winners for each Goal

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While it is the governments of the world who committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in their countries, it is ordinary people who are the lynchpin of any success in realizing these ambitious targets. Regardless of where we live or what we do, we all have the potential to contribute to human development in our countries, communities and villages. In fact, many are already doing just that.

UNDP’s Second Annual Picture This photo contest – in partnership with Olympus Corporation, the Agence France-Presse Foundation and the UN’s Department of Public Information – brings attention to the quickly approaching deadline for achieving the MDGs in order to motivate people and governments in developed and developing countries to redouble their efforts in the fight against extreme poverty. At a time when the world’s attention will be focused on these issues, the winning photos put a much-needed human face on the MDGs.

This year, the winners are split into three categories: Amateur, Professional and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner was chosen by visitors to the photo contest website. Within the Amateur and Professional categories, each MDG features at least one winning photo; additionally each category has an overall first, second and third place winner. This year, we received over 3,000 submissions from around the world; the winning photos show a fascinating cross-section of culture, gender and economic background. All the winning images, however, portray ordinary people doing their best to better the world for themselves, their families and their communities. They show what is being accomplished, and what is at stake as the deadline for achieving the MDGs – 2015 – ticks ever closer.

Watch a slide show of the runner up entries >>

View a video of the awards ceremony here.

View photos of the awards ceremony here.