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Deadline: March 31, 2014
Winner is: Judged
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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

Environmental Photographer of the Year Environmental Photographer of the Year aims to promote and reward excellence in international environmental photography and video, and to enhance the understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

Open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.

The selection panel for the 2014 competition will include Justin Taberham, CIWEM Director of Policy; and David Tonkins, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Atkins. Additional selectors, specialists in the environmental and photographic fields, will be announced shortly.

At the first stage, entrants are asked to submit up to 10 still photographs or films and a fully completed entry form.  Individual entries will be judged anonymously, and the judges will concentrate on looking for the following five qualities in submitted entries:
  • Impact – does it illustrate immediate, subtle or resonant messages?
  • Creativity – is it unusual, thoughtful, beautiful, subversive or ironic?
  • Originality – is the subject treated differently and is the subject matter new?
  • Composition – consider the perspective, balance, clarity of meaning and focus of statement
  • Technical quality – consider clarity, focus, lighting, exposure and colour

The competition’s overall theme is social and natural issues of the environment. There are two main categories for submissions, Still Photography and Film. The Film category is for short films between 5 seconds and 5 minutes long.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2014, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.

Prizes for the 2014 competition include:
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £5000
Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18): £1000
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year: £1000

In addition, the competition this year will award two further prizes:
The Atkins Cityscape Prize: £1000
The Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

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COPYRIGHT: Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all the entries they submit, or they must have obtained permission from the copyright holder to submit the entries on their behalf. The photographer retains the copyright to all their entries into the Environmental Photographer of the Year. USAGE RIGHTS: Each entrant agrees to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and entry for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition and exhibition without additional compensation.

By entering the Competition, you grant CIWEM a non-exclusive licence to reproduce, publish and communicate your entry to the public by exhibiting your entry through all media throughout the world in relation to the Environmental Photographer of the Year. This includes, but is not limited to: the judging process; the exhibition and tour; inclusion in an Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition catalogue or book; online galleries; promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the Environmental Photographer of the Year; and associated merchandising. CIWEM is allowed to pass on any entry to online and print publications to be used either for editorial or image based promotion only in relation to the Environmental Photographer of the Year, with full credit given to the photographer.

By entering the competition you accept that your entry may be exhibited by CIWEM or other exhibitions organised or attended by CIWEM as part of the Environmental Photographer of the Year. CIWEM reserves the right to reproduce any entry for exhibition purposes.

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