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NATURE@work – photography competition
What does nature mean to you? The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a photography competition ‘NATURE@work’, which invites European citizens to capture how nature benefits them.
Nature provides us with many benefits. Some are well-known, such as clean air, clean freshwater, food, timber and other natural resources. Other benefits are equally vital but less known. Did you know, for example, that green spaces in and around cities help protect our homes from flooding by absorbing excess flood waters? Similarly, trees and urban parks help lower temperatures in urban areas during heat waves. With its intrinsic beauty and rich diversity, nature is also a source of inspiration not only for art but also for designing machines, homes and many innovative solutions.
NATURE@work photo competition invites European citizens to share how nature benefits them. Participants can submit photographs depicting any of the following three categories:
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our homes, all come from or rely on nature. Our well-being, quality of life and economy depend on a healthy natural environment. For example, healthy grasslands are home to many species, including bees, which in turn provide us with honey and pollinate our fruit trees. Can you capture in a photograph the benefits nature provides that you cherish most?
Nature protects us. A close connection with a healthy natural environment improves our physical and mental health, but that’s not all. By bringing more nature into our cities or preserving and restoring our natural landscapes, we can actually alleviate some of the impacts of climate change, protect property and improve public health. For example, building green roofs can cool buildings in the summer and prevent heat loss in the winter, improving people’s well-being while reducing energy consumption. Similarly, restoring peatlands could help keep more carbon in the ground and, hence, contribute to limiting global warming. Have you noticed how the nature around you or in your city protects you?
A walk in nature or a view of vast oceans can evoke a feeling of comfort and relaxation as well as inspiring new ideas. Did you know that wind turbine blades inspired by insect wings or rotating solar panels inspired by sunflowers can generate more energy than conventional ones? When faced with concrete urban challenges, such as ensuring a reliable supply of clean water to citizens, nature can provide inspiring solutions. For example, instead of building costly infrastructure projects, planting trees and preserving forests could eliminate the need for water treatment plants. Can you spot anything around you that was inspired by nature?
How to enter the competition
Take or create an original photo (long side >2000px) supported by a short text and following the guidelines in the Competition rules.
Submit your entry through the online submission form.
Submission deadline: 15 August 2017 at 23:59 (CEST). Entry is free of charge.
The competition is open to citizens of the EEA member countries and West Balkan cooperating countries. All participants must be 18 or older. The photos must be taken in the countries mentioned above.
You must have full copyrights to the submitted material. By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions. One entrant may submit maximum 5 entries in total in the competition. As each entry will be handled separately, you need to fill out the online submission form for each entry if you chose to submit more than one entry.
Contest Prize & TERMS
The Youth Prize will be awarded to the winning entry, selected among those submitted by persons aged between 18 and 24 (born between calendar years 1993-1999) to any of the competition categories. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their participation to the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide royalty free perpetual license to the EEA to feature any or all of the submitted materials in any and all media for publicity and wider environmental communication purposes. In the context of possible collaboration with other institutions in connection with the ‘NATURE@work’ competition, the EEA reserves the right to share the entries, partially or wholly, with partner institutions determined by the EEA on a case by case basis. Should the entries be used in EEA and partner outputs, copyright owners (entrants) will be credited as 'Copyright: (NAME), NATURE@work /EEA'. USAGE RIGHTS: Each entrant grants a worldwide royalty free perpetual license to the EEA to feature any or all of the submitted materials in any and all media for publicity and wider environmental communication purposes. In the context of possible collaboration with other institutions in connection with the ‘NATURE@work’ competition, the EEA reserves the right to share the entries, partially or wholly, with partner institutions determined by the EEA on a case by case basis. Should the entries be used in EEA and partner outputs, copyright owners (entrants) will be credited as 'Copyright: (NAME), NATURE@work /EEA'.
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