Kaarinah Luvongo overlooks the turbines at the Ngong Wind Power Station in Ngong, Kenya.

2023 Climatelinks Photo Contest Winners

By Climatelinks

The 2023 Climatelinks Photo Contest was a great success. We received over 250 submissions from the Climatelinks community, representing more than 40 countries. Congratulations to the winners! Special thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.

To view all of the photo submissions, as well as photos from our blogs and past contests, visit the Climatelinks photo gallery. Visitors may also submit their own photos to the gallery year-round.

Introducing the winners:

Taking Climate Action While Improving Nutrition

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Group of women around large pot of soup
Binta Haruna, the Leader of the Hasken Mata Women Empowerment Group, demonstrates healthy food preparation.

As part of Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria, a USAID cooperative agreement, the leader of the Hasken Mata women’s empowerment group encourages them to source locally available food––sometimes from their own homestead gardens––to make healthy meals. Sustainable farming is one way to take climate action while improving families’ and communities’ nutrition.

Credit: Ramatu Ada Ochekliye

Country: Nigeria

 

Deaf Communities Developing Their Own Lexicon for Climate Action

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Two individuals discussing their experience during calamities using signs.

Disaster management interventions often target people who can see, hear, and respond to instructions. As part of USAID’s Climate Resilience of the Deaf: Signs for Inclusive Governance and Development project, the Oscar M. Lopez Center works with Deaf organizations in the Philippines to create a lexicon of Filipino Sign Language that helps climate-related disaster preparedness programs reach deaf people, like these women who shared how they could not evacuate in time during typhoons.

Credit: Maya Rani Devero for USAID/Philippines

Country: Philippines

 

Revolutionizing Honduran Tourism: Empowering Innovation and Preservation

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USAID’s Transforming Market Systems Activity is collaborating with national and local tourism institutions in Honduras to bolster the capabilities of local tourism stakeholders, empowering Indigenous Peoples to foster innovative and progressive tourism offerings within the country's natural landscapes, nature preserves, and heritage sites. Creating sustainable, economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and local communities furthers USAID’s Climate Strategy just transition goals.

Credit: André Anchecta

Country: Honduras

 

Empowering Women Leads to Sustainable Power

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Kaarinah Luvongo overlooks the turbines at the Ngong Wind Power Station in Ngong, Kenya.

Kaarinah Luvango, a senior engineer for the Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen), overlooks the Ngong Wind Power Station where she revolutionized operations, resulting in the turbines operating at 100 percent capacity for the first time in more than three years. KenGen joined the USAID Engendering Industries program in 2020, helping Kenya progress toward its target of 100 percent sustainable energy by 2030 in a more inclusive way. 

Credit: Alec Jacobson

Country: Kenya

 

Plastic Man

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Modou Fall, an eco-warrior in Dakar, Senegal, dons his colorful cape made entirely of plastic bags he has collected from the sea. Mr. Fall, also known as "Plastic Man," is on a heroic quest to rid Senegal's capital of the pervasive plastic waste that plagues its waterways, beaches, and streets. Pinned to his chest is a sign boldly declaring "NO PLASTIC BAGS." In response to this pressing issue, the Senegalese government implemented a plastic product ban in 2020. However, enforcement remains a struggle, and
Modou Fall, also known as "Plastic Man," dons a colorful cape made of plastic bags he collected from the ocean.

Modou Fall, aka “Plastic Man,” dons a colorful cape made of plastic bags he collected from the ocean while on a quest to rid Senegal's capital of plastic waste that clogs waterways, beaches, and streets to improve food security. He is working with USAID’s Feed the Future’s Dekkal Geej project to educate local fishermen, the government, and the private sector through community meetings, organized cleanups, and his dramatic presence. 

Credit: Gabe Gentry

Country: Senegal

 

Solar-Powered Vending Machines Provide Clean Water in Drought-Stricken Kenya

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The Smart Tap System in West Pokot, Kenya, is helping to make it safer, faster, and easier to collect the water people need for drinking, washing, and planting. The system, which is funded with support from USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, functions like a solar-powered "vending machine,” allowing people to withdraw water with simply a tap of a token on the machine’s electronic interface. 

Credit: Abel Gichuru/Action Against Hunger

Country: Kenya

 

Towering Manggis Trees on Mt. Mantalingahan Sequester Carbon

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Old growth forests of Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape as effective carbon sinks to mitigate impacts of climate Change

Field researchers with USAID’s Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes project record the measurements of a towering Manggis tree in Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape in southern Palawan, Philippines. Their ecological assessment will help local stakeholders protect the area’s biodiversity, including Manggis trees, which offer a natural climate solution to the climate crisis by sequestering large amounts of carbon.

Credit: Blue Motus for USAID

Country: Philippines

 

Expanding Seedling Production in Lebanon Amidst Climate Change

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An agricultural worker from a local NGO inspects quality of seedlings after USAID/CSP expanded the NGO’s seedling production capacity by providing it with an additional greenhouse, climate-controlled germination room, and solar farm to sustain heating and cooling systems – Baalbeck/Beqaa, Lebanon.

Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change in Lebanon because of the limited availability of water and land resources and pressures from urbanization. USAID’s Community Support Program provided a new greenhouse, climate-controlled germination room, and germination machine that expanded seedling production capacity in the region.

Credit: Hassan Tabikh/USAID Community Support Program

Country: Lebanon

 

Powering Portable Tuberculosis Diagnostic Machines with Clean Energy

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A portable digital X-ray machine runs on a Mobisun Solar rechargeable power bank, which ensures people can be screened for tuberculosis locally. Funded through USAID’s Tuberculosis Local Organizations Network Regions 1 and 2 project, this stable and clean energy source is taken to the doorsteps of the hardest-to-reach communities in Nasarawa State, Nigeria, improving health outcomes and equity.

Credit: Onyinye Genevieve Kene-Eneh

Country: Nigeria

 

Increasing Women’s Economic Opportunities and Resilience Through Land Tenure

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In Quelimane, Mozambique, the USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance project’s support for clarification of rights to land and resources related to responsible land-based investment has resulted in land-use rights for many farmers (85 percent women) and farming contracts. These contracts provide inputs, extension support, and guaranteed purchases to advance economic empowerment, household well-being, improved productivity, and resilience after Cyclone Idai.

Credit: Thais Bessa

Country: Mozambique

 

Solar-Powered Bottling Factory

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Solar panels sit atop the RC Cola bottling factory in Gijilan, Kosovo
RC Cola’s bottling factory in Gijilan, Kosovo, was able to install a 720kW solar PV system due to a private sector partnership and market linkages.

RC Cola’s bottling factory installed a 720kW solar photovoltaics system in Gijilan, Kosovo, as a result of a private sector partnership and market linkages from a solar rooftop feasibility assessment. The USAID Kosovo Energy Security of Supply project creates opportunities for corporations, businesses, and individuals to take advantage of solar power where it can have the greatest market and climate impact.

Credit: Lorik Haxhiu

Country: Kosovo

 

Colombian Youth Committed to Environmental Leadership and Conservation

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Students from the CYCC participate in a hands-on class to learn about watershed management. With the support of Aguas y Aguas de Pereira, a CYCC partner organization, the youth learned how to measure water parameters by measuring flow velocity (number of liters of water passing through during one second), flow width, and flow depth.
Students from the Colombia Youth Conservation Corps participate in a hands-on class to learn about watershed management.

Colombia Youth Conservation Corps students measure a river’s flow velocity, width, and depth, which are influenced by watershed management and climate change. Supported by the Forest Service and USAID through the Colombia Forests and Wetlands Support Program, the youth gain personal and professional tools to support their entry into the labor market, skills to diversify their livelihoods, and knowledge to help them become environmental leaders in their territories.

Credit: Luz Andrea Arias Lopez

Country: Colombia

 

Growing Rice–and Hope–in South Sudan’s Floodwaters

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Two woman standing in ankle deep water carrying rice plants
For the women of Paguir, growing rice is a climate-resilient strategy that has transformed the community.

After unprecedented flooding in South Sudan submerged crops and ruined harvests, Action Against Hunger partnered with the local community in Paguir to seek new solutions to combat hunger in the face of climate shocks. Now, community members are building resilience through a rice growing project, the first of its kind in Paguir, which allows farmers to plant crops even in the deepest floodwater. These new crops replace sorghum, which is unable to grow in water. 

Credit: Peter Caton/Action Against Hunger

Country: South Sudan

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