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Winners Of RFE/RL 'Technology & The Environment' Photo Contest

A panel has announced the results of RFE/RL's internal photo competition. Out of 81 entries, three winners and nine other finalists made the final selection. The winning pictures were chosen for the quality of their content, aesthetic appeal, and technical skill. The theme of the competition was to show the interaction between technology and the environment. The contest featured pictures taken in various locations around the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kosovo, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, the United States, and the Czech Republic. (12 PHOTOS)

WINNER: "Competing with the Stars": The lights of a gold mine light up the night at an altitude of 4,200 meters in Kyrgyzstan. (Ulanbek Asanaliev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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WINNER: "Competing with the Stars": The lights of a gold mine light up the night at an altitude of 4,200 meters in Kyrgyzstan. (Ulanbek Asanaliev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

WINNER: "Krafla Volcano -- Where Mankind Has Tamed the Earth's Geothermal Power": The sulfurous landscape near Iceland's largest geothermal power station, which draws heat from 33 boreholes. (Jarda Lhotak, RFE/RL's Internet Technology Department)
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WINNER: "Krafla Volcano -- Where Mankind Has Tamed the Earth's Geothermal Power": The sulfurous landscape near Iceland's largest geothermal power station, which draws heat from 33 boreholes. (Jarda Lhotak, RFE/RL's Internet Technology Department)

WINNER: A boy plays with abandoned Russian weaponry on the outskirts of Kabul. (Sabawoon, Kabul bureau of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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WINNER: A boy plays with abandoned Russian weaponry on the outskirts of Kabul. (Sabawoon, Kabul bureau of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

FINALIST: "Sole Survivor": A 30-meter-high palm tree was the only tree to survive the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Takata Matsubara Forest, Japan. Before the natural disaster, the forest had boasted some 70,000 pine trees. (Photo: Gul Ayaz, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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FINALIST: "Sole Survivor": A 30-meter-high palm tree was the only tree to survive the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Takata Matsubara Forest, Japan. Before the natural disaster, the forest had boasted some 70,000 pine trees. (Photo: Gul Ayaz, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

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