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The World Bank on Wednesday distributed prizes among 10 winners of the ProsperBangladesh Selfie Contest 2017 aimed at engaging youth in a dialogue on Bangladesh's development priorities.
The month-long contest received hundreds of submissions. Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, handed over certificates and prizes for the top 10 entries at an awards ceremony at the World Bank's Dhaka Office, said a press release.
The contest took place through online and social media channels and was open to all citizens and residents of Bangladesh. It called for participants to submit relevant selfies and a befitting caption to respond to the question: "What will it take for Bangladesh to become a middle-income country?"
Naiem Rajib from Dhaka received the first prize. He identified infrastructure development as the country's key priority. In addition to the compelling thought behind his winning image, the judges felt that it was technically excellent. Key themes that emerged from the contest included development of the energy and infrastructure sectors, making education a priority, and increasing women's role in the labor force.
The other winners are: Second Prize: Rashid Shahriar Nafi, Chittagong; Third Prize: Umama Sadiah, Dhaka; Honorary Mention for Best Technical Shot: Sohan Khan, Dhaka; Special Mention: Nazmul Islam, Chittagong; Special Mention: Tafiz Uddin, Dhaka; Special Mention: Swapon Roy, Dhaka; Special Mention: Rubaina Maherin Sara, Dhaka; Special Mention: Tahsan Mahmud, Dhaka; Special Mention: Naushin Noor, Dhaka
"We're all very impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and creativity demonstrated by all the participants," said Qimiao Fan. "Young people's thoughts and actions play an important role in shaping the country's future. This social media contest was an innovative way for us to learn from and work closely with the youth in helping Bangladesh advance its development agenda."
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges comprising of three World Bank staff and an external photography expert. Winning submissions were judged on criteria including technical aspects of each selfie as well as relevance of development priority explained in the caption.

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