Photo competition: Technology for Good winners

In the run-up to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022, ITU conducted the “Photo Competition: Technology for Good,” asking people around the world to submit photo stories on the use of information and communication technology in three categories: green, gender and inclusion. More than 200 people from 50 countries submitted photo stories on what Technology for Good means to them. From personal stories to United Nations and national projects, people let us enter in their snippets of reality, making the use of tech palpable.

Let’s discover the winning pictures and the stories behind them.

Green and tech

Natalie Tercova, Czech Republic

The Bee Hive Monitoring app helps a Czech beekeeper sustain a healthy population of pollinators. Bees are vital to ecosystems all over the world. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) like smartphone applications can help beekeepers protect them.

M Joko Apriyo Putro, Indonesia

Access to reliable electricity through a power grid has yet to reach this rural home in Sendangbiru Beach, Malang Regency (Indonesia). An older man installs a set of solar panels on the roof of a wooden house, as his wife takes a mobile phone call in the background.

Sudip Maiti, India

At an e-waste recycling facility in West Bengal (India), a young man sorts through hundreds of circuit boards from discarded electronics. Salvaging valuable components such as rare earth metals from e-waste is turning into a lucrative business model on the subcontinent.

Gender and tech

Kuntal Kumar Roy, India

A group of women and a young child from the remote village of Sundarban in West Bengal (India) find time amid their busy rural lives to learn using technology. In this intergenerational lesson, a college student teaches her mother and grandmother using her laptop as a younger girl playfully looks on.

Nimai Chandra Ghosh, India

A woman in the rural Himalayas uses a solar cooker to prepare a meal for her family. Low-cost, affordable tech devices like these can help developing communities cope with the challenges of climate change.

Amadou Diadie Samassekou, Mali

Anta Kadio, a young woman in Bamako (Mali), studies by the light of her smartphone during a power cut. Anta is enrolled in the Baliku Kalan school for mature students who did not have access to education as children. In Mali, power outages can last for days. But even without electicity, access to mobile technologies enable Anta and other young students to keep learning.

Inclusion and tech

Supriya Biswas, India

A schoolgirl presents a laptop to some of the older women from her village, some of whom raise a hand to actively partake in the lesson. As digital technologies reach more rural parts of the world, intergenerational knowledge exchange takes centre-stage.

Sukhbat Ochirbat, Mongolia

Three young children listen to an educational broadcast on Mongolian national public radio during lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Herder families like theirs often lack television or Internet connectivity, resulting in a heavy reliance on radio transmissions. The girl holds an emergency radio, which uses multiple off-grid charging methods.

Hellen Vanessa de Carvalho Silva, Brazil

Uniting traditional knowledge and technologies.Hellen Vanessa, from the Pankararu Indigenous People of Brazil, tells us that technology combined with the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples can help us to observe climate change. For example, with the help of a drone, we were able to observe the entire indigenous territory, and in this way, we were able to perceive the change in vegetation and how much the effects of climate change affect the indigenous peoples of the northeast region of Brazil.

We would like to thank all 273 people from 48 different countries who send us more than 700 pictures.

We are grateful for Meta’s donation of the awards for the 9 winners of the ITU photo competition Tech for Good.

We thank Jury Member “Photographers without Borders” for their professional expertise.