Vietnamese photos win 5 prizes at World Bank contest

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A photo by Le Minh Quoc shows two vendors walking by a sand dune to bring their merchandise to the market. It is prized as the best for the East Asia-Pacific region at the World Bank photo contest. A photo by Le Minh Quoc shows two vendors walking by a sand dune to bring their merchandise to the market. It is prized as the best for the East Asia-Pacific region at the World Bank photo contest.

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Vietnamese photos won five prizes at a World Bank’s contest that aimed to document how poor people make a living.
The annual CGAP Photo Contest received 3,300 photos from 77 countries this year.
One Vietnamese, Le Minh Quoc, won a $200 gift certificate for the best photo of the East Asia and Pacific region. Four others received consolation prizes for making the top 30. 
Photos from India and China won the top three prizes, decided by a board of professional photographers and photo editors.
The contest also gave out people’s choice award and prizes for the best photos in this year’s four topics – digital financial services and mobile banking, women’s use of financial services, microfinance for small business enterprises, smallholder farmers and their families.
CGAP, short for Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, works to provide poor people access to formal financial services like bank cards to improve their daily activities.
The group said there are two billion people around the world who lack access to basic financial services.
Its photo contest seeks out pieces that best reflect the impact of microfinance and financial inclusion around the world.
Do Hieu Liem's photo of fishers casting nets at dawn wins a consolation prize. 
Loc Mai's photo of women sewing casting net wins a consolation prize.
 Phuc Ngo Quang's photo of fishers with their catch from a high tide in southern Vietnam also wins a consolation prize.
Tran Van Tuy's photo of a duck farmer at work is another consolation prize winner from Vietnam.
The grand prize is given to this photo by Sujan Sarkar from India, of farmers planting rice in their flooded field.
 Chinese Liming Cao wins the second prize for a piece of a fisher casting net.
 Pranab Basak from India wins the third prize for a picture featuring a pottery-making family.

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