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Picturing Progress: A U.N. Photo Contest

In 2001, the United Nations adopted an ambitious list of eight goals for international development. The Millennium Development Goals include tall orders like "eradicate extreme poverty and hunger" and "achieve universal primary education;" the agreement was to have achieved the goals by 2015.

With that date swiftly approaching, the consensus seems to be that conditions have improved — but perhaps not enough. In just a few days, world leaders will gather in New York City to gauge progress. Meanwhile, the U.N.'s second annual Picture This photo contest has come to a close, with the aim of reinvigorating the cause through images.

"It is our hope that through showcasing these real and positive actions, more people will be motivated to contribute to this effort," Helen Clark, U.N. Development Program administrator, says in a news release. Winners in three divisions (amateur, professional and people's choice) were awarded in eight subcategories corresponding with the goals.

This selection of photographs features winners in the amateur photography division, but you can see more on the contest website.