Here's what African millennials are really concerned about

Updated 7:48 AM ET, Thu August 17, 2017

(CNN)To mark International Youth Day, CNN asked African photographers 35 and under to send us one picture that captured the issue they were most concerned about in their country.

We got submissions from countries across the continent, depicting issues such as youth unemployment, the gap between rich and poor, and the preservation of African cultures.
Scroll down the page to see why these young photographers chose these images to share with us, and where they were taken. Share your own images by tagging us @CNNAfrica.
Photograph by Neema Jodie Ngelime

Tanzania -- Neema Jodie Ngelime, 24

The image above, taken by Neema Jodie Ngelime, shows a woman in Dodoma, Tanzania, separating groundnuts from their shells. "The issue that concerns me the most is social and economic position of women in this country," she told CNN. "Women are likely to be less educated and more impoverished. This denies them the right to access credit or certain training. This image shows the resilience of the African woman who, despite limited access to opportunities, still tries to make ends meet."
Photograph by Girma Berta/Addis Fine Art

Ethiopia -- Girma Berta, 27

Girma Berta, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, used digital tools to superimpose this person's image onto a bright background as "a commentary on the digital revolution underway across Africa." It's a representation of an issue he is passionate about and thinks is not talked about enough in his country: the untapped potential of millennials. He said he is motivated by a wish to capture "the beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between." Berta's work has been exhibited at Cape Town Art Fair, La Gacilly Photo Festival and PhotoVille NY, and he won the Getty Images Instagram Award in 2016.
Photograph by Dune Tilley

South Africa -- Dune Tilley, 17

"I am living in a very young democratic country," said 17-year-old photographer Dune Tilley, who captured this self-portrait of him with his mother and their domestic worker. "Merely 23 years out of the apartheid regime, the country still bears the immense weight of the past. The disparity of wealth between the richest and the poorest is, in my opinion, the most concerning issue. This problem is what I'm trying to highlight in my photograph. These two figures, although in my eyes represent that of my motherly figures, in the eyes of the country (they) take on two very different roles and narratives. Although a similar age to my mother, my domestic worker was previously marginalized by the government, leaving her with no access to education and a low standard of living while my mother had access to a high standard of education and grew up in a quiet suburb. The wage gap between my mother and my domestic worker harps back to a disadvantaged majority due to the legacy of apartheid."
Photograph by Biko Wesa/Native Agency

Kenya -- Biko Wesa, 29

Hospice nurses Esther and Mercy walk to a cancer patient's home in Nyeri, Kenya, after washing their hands in August 2015. "Access to affordable health care is still a major issue in Kenya, with cancer being the third-leading cause of deaths in Kenya," photographer Biko Wesa said. "The rising cases demand affordable and enough cancer-treatment facilities to the majority of citizens who live below the poverty line."
Photograph by Cornelius Chellah Mulenga Tukuta

Zambia -- Cornelius Chellah Mulenga Tukuta, 30

Cornelius Chellah Mulenga Tukuta, born in the Chingola district in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, wants to use his photography to highlight the plight of the people in his country -- and the effects that living in poverty has on human development. The man in this photo, he said, is 80 years old, "a widower staying with 10 grand- and great-grandchildren in a one-bedroom house."
Photograph by Fethi Sahraoui/Collective220

Algeria -- Fethi Sahraoui, 24

This photo, taken by Fethi Sahraoui, shows youngsters swimming in a large irrigation channel in Relizane, Algeria. "One of the issues that I'm most concerned with is children and youth conditions in my country," he said via email. "The photo is taken from my project 'Escaping the Heatwave,' and it is about how youngsters manage to escape from some unbearable temperatures by going to dangerous spots like a water tower with a polluted water or large irrigation channels, predisposing themselves to countless risks."
Photograph by Uyapo Ketogetswe