Winners of UN Sponsored Photo Contest Highlight UN Values in Asia-Pacific

The grand prize winner and two runners up were announced today at the United Nations Day commemoration in Bangkok for the United Nations-sponsored photo contest that invited residents of Asia-Pacific to send in their best shots that reflect UN values in their neighborhoods, cities, countries or the larger region.

Mr. Dwi Kristyadi of Indonesia took the grand prize, a Nikon D7000 camera with his submission of “On the Wet Ground” which shows a volunteer giving lesson to street children in Jakarta in a makeshift classroom.

Mr. Phalakorn Hunsanimitkul from Thailand and Mr. Arup Ghosh from India took runner up prizes and were awarded a Nikon Coolpix P310 camera. Their submissions featured a photograph of Lahu women hill tribes in Chiang Mai province of Thailand and an education-for-all campaign in Bengal, India, respectively.

The “UN Asia-Pacific Photo Contest” asked residents in Asia-Pacific countries to send in up to three photos that illustrated one of the following UN values: freedom, dignity; solidarity; justice; protection; human rights; security; empowerment; sustainability; progress; equality; and peace. The purpose of the contest was to showcase creative talent across the region, and to encourage people to reflect on the work of the UN and what it means to them.

The entries were screened by a panel of judges that included, Ambassador Atchara Seributra, Advisor to the United Nations Association of Thailand (UNAT); David Swanson, IRIN Editor; Piyatat Hemmatat, Professional Photographer; and Nirmal Ghosh, President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) and Straits Times correspondent.

“Every photograph reflects the UN values that are about development, empowerment and progress. Each good photograph raises these issues that make you think about the situation that is being portrayed,” said Mr. Ghosh at the final judging session.

In addition to the public-category contest winners, Bautista Dennis of Philippines won the Facebook viewers’ choice award and Ho Anh Tien of Viet Nam was the UN staff/family category winner. They received camera bags prizes from Lowepro.

The top contest entries are being displayed in an exhibit at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok as part of the 2012 UN Day commemoration from 24 October to 2 November 2012. The RMA Institute by Piyatat Hemmatat will also sponsor the UN Asia-Pacific Photo Exhibition from 11 to 30 November at 238 Soi Sainamthip 2 Sukhumvit 22 Road Klongtoey Bangkok 10110. Fore more information, please visit

The virtual photo exhibit can also be seen in a digital gallery at and

The contest and the exhibition were organized by 14 UN agencies, funds and programmes with offices in Bangkok including UNESCAP, FAO, ICAO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIAP, UNICEF, UNISDR, UNESCO, UN Women, and WFP. Camera prizes were provided by Nikon Thailand.