The Climatelinks photo contest received an impressive total of 170 submissions from the Climatelinks community, representing more than 40 countries.
We are also excited to announce the new Climatelinks photo gallery. Anyone can view the photo contest submissions, as well as photos from our blogs and USAID’s climate change programs around the world. Visitors may also submit their own photos to the gallery. We hope the gallery will serve as a resource for the entire community.
Congratulations to the thirteen winners that will be featured in the official USAID Climate and Development: Journey to Self-Reliance 2020 calendar. Thank you to the many talented photographers and development practitioners who participated in the contest.
Winners for each category, as well as for the calendar front cover, are listed below:
Adapting to change – from communities to countries
Photographer: Edudzi Nyomi
Country: Sierra Leone
Project: West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change
In coastal Sierra Leone, replanting mangroves around deforested rice farms helps farmers adapt to climate change by protecting their crops from being flooded by salt water during high tides.
Reducing conflicts by strengthening capacity
Photographer: Katherine Ko
Project: Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Program
Training for local fishers on sustainable techniques in coastal Colombia contributes to reducing conflict by strengthening livelihoods. Climate change is affecting the productivity of marine and freshwater species, so sustainable fishing practices ensure communities can secure a stable livelihood.
Reducing risks from extreme weather and shocks
Photographer: Rachel Weinheimer
Country: Federated States of Micronesia
Project: Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project
Communities in the Federated States of Micronesia are particularly vulnerable to the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters. After Typhoon Maysak, communities were trained to design and construct buildings to better withstand storms while maintaining traditional design elements.
Education for self-reliance
Photographer: Okello Ochieng'
Project: SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa
Students from St. Scholastica Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, present their findings from mosquito habitat mapping that demonstrate the link between changing weather patterns to malaria occurrences. Working in schools deepens the next generation's understanding of climate change.
Powering modern energy solutions
Photographer: Sherry Stout
Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Project: USAID-NREL Partnership
Flooding hazards in the Lao PDR after heavy rains expose vulnerabilities in the power sector and the need to plan for a reliable, sustainable, and affordable power system to serve the country’s growing energy demands.
Planning a food-secure future
Photographer: Ashley Peterson
Project: Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity
Farmers face new challenges in Mozambique, including the cycle of frequent droughts and drenching rains. This farmer is learning to increase the productivity, profitability, and resilience of her crops through the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.
Women as part of the solution
Photographer: Meg Yandoc
Project: Protect Wildlife
In the Philippines, members of the Palaw’an indigenous community use improved upland farming techniques such as inter-cropping to restore landscapes. USAID is working with indigenous communities to reduce slash-and-burn agriculture, which is a main contributor to deforestation, air pollution, and the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
Addressing new risks to human health
Photographer: Patrick Nease
Country: South Africa
Project: Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group
Volunteers perform a stream assessment in the uMzimvubu watershed in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. They are applying a “One Health” framework that integrates water, sanitation, and hygiene with freshwater conservation, livestock farming, and restoration to improve people's health.
Foundations for resilient infrastructure
Photographer: Anju Pandit
In Nepal’s Humla District, mountain communities have replaced their traditional flat earthen roofs with slanted tin roofs to adapt to more intense rainfall.
Protecting natural systems in a changing world
Photographer: Jorge E. Martínez Santamaría
Project: Artisanal Gold Mining – Environment Impact Reduction Activity (Oro Legal) Activity
Illegal alluvial gold mining alters the balance of ecosystems through aggressive extraction methods that create deserts. In Antioquia, Colombia, landscape restoration efforts include planting more than one million Acacia mangium trees and other native species to mitigate climate change.
Credit: Jorge E. Martínez Santamaría
Photographer: Olivia Freeman
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Project: U.S. Forest Service International Programs
Charcoal is the main source of cooking fuel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many other countries. Increasing urban demand for charcoal is resulting in forest degradation and deforestation.
Sustainable water & sanitation services
Photographer: Evan Thomas
Project: Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development
In the arid regions of northern Kenya, where climate change has resulted in 30 percent less rainfall than historic norms, groundwater boreholes are providing increased climate resilience and water security.
Photographer: Bobby Neptune for Winrock International
Project: Sustainable Water Partnership
Climate change has made rainfall inconsistent in Kenya and Tanzania’s shared Mara River Basin. Success in adapting to this variability comes from the transboundary cooperation and ownership by community members, government officials, and private sector representatives.