Winners of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2017

As part of its activities commemorating the World Youth Skills Day 2017, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized its annual Skills in Action Photo Competition. With more than 250 submissions received from all over the world, focused on how TVET is empowering young people in their communities, according to the three main thematic areas focused under the UNESCO TVET Strategy.

We are proud to announce the winner of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2017.


1st Prize winner

Ms. Eyitayo Oyelowo, Nigeria - Female aircraft engineer

CC BYNC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Eyitayo Oyelowo

Description: This image was taken at the aviation college in Kwara State, Nigeria. It illustrates inclusiveness in the aviation workplace.

For a long time now, the world has been a male dominated playground. From boardroom meeting to ivy sports leagues, men have shown courage in these fields, while women were considered incapable, no thanks to the old cliché mentality “She is just a woman”. Though more recently, women have started standing up for equal opportunities, a lot have had to face the heat, break barriers and build careers in male dominated industries thereby paving the way for others to follow.


2nd Prize winner

Mr. Bishoka Mulmi, Nepal - Youth participation on traditional handicrafts

CC BYNC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Bishoka Mulmi

Description: This heritage skill has been passed from many generations but is now endangered of being lost. This is because craft men and women earn low wages despite the high value of their products in the international market. There is a need to promote and encourage youth to take on these traditional skills so this skill won’t be lost forever.

The photo was taken at Khokana, a tiny Newari village south of Kathmandu. It has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site representing a vernacular village and is famous for its mustard-oil seed industry.


Social media award

The winner of the social media award gathered 7.3k out of more than 16k likes on Facebook at the end of the last day of voting (14 July 2017).

Mr. Emmanuel Nduwayezu, Rwanda - TVET, Skills that shape a better destiny

CC BYNC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Emmanuel Nduwayezu

Description: The mission of TVET is to improve skills for sustainable progress, especially targeting the youth.














Included in the Top 20 Finalists

The finalists are listed in no particular order. All the titles are linked to the photos on our Facebook SkillsinAction Photo Competition Album which you can access only when you have a Facebook account.

All the winners will be contacted to receive their prizes and certificates accordingly.

We wish to thank all the participants who were willing to share their amazing photos and have demonstrated their awesome skills in photography.

Disclaimer: the following photos were submitted as part of the SkillsinAction Photo Competition organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre. The photos represent the views of the photographers; they are not necessarily those of UNESCO and do not commit the Organization.

Skills in Action Photo Competition 2017 announcement and process



page date 2017-08-03

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