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Labour Photo of the Year - 2008

And the winner is ...

Robert Day, a branch secretary with the British public sector PCS in Birmingham, is the winner of the first-ever Labour Photo of the Year competition organized by LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement.

Day's photo -- entitled 'Trade Unions are Fun!' -- shows trade unionists marching through Birmingham, led by banners and drummers, on 24 April 2008. Here it is:

The winning photo.

Almost 3,000 LabourStart readers from around the world voted in the competition. Five finalists were chosen from 101 entries by a panel of three labour photographers.

The final five photos are being made available to union publications worldwide, and will also appear in the gallery on Union Island on Second Life and also as featured photographs on the LabourStart main page.

Runners up included Brooke Anderson, Organizing Director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) in Oakland, California (USA); Khaled Hasan from Bangladesh; Gerardo Raffa from UNIA, a union in Switzerland; and Hossam el-Hamalawy from Egypt.

The four runners-up will receive a one-year account, the winner a two-year account.

Visit the contest group on and see all the entries here.

And join the online labour photo pool on