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Deadline: Aug 15, 2016
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Free Entry

My City Photography Competition

My City Photography Competition

What does urban environment mean to you? The European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to share moments captured in European cities in the ‘My City’ photography competition. Participants are asked to depict a European city of their choice, focussing on one of the following three topics: Sustainable lifestyle in a city, Getting around in a city, and Leisure time in a city.

Around 75% of population of the EU have chosen urban areas as their place to live. Europeans have adopted urban lifestyles and they use city amenities such as cultural, educational or health services. While cities are the engine of Europe’s economy and creators of European wealth, they depend heavily on resources of other regions to meet their demand for resources like energy, water, food, and to accommodate waste and emissions.

Environmental challenges and urbanisation opportunities are closely connected. Many cities struggle to cope with social, economic and environmental problems resulting from pressures such as overcrowding or decline, social inequity, pollution and traffic. On the other hand, the proximity of people, businesses and services provides opportunities to build a more resource-efficient Europe. Already, population density in cities means shorter journeys to work and services, and more walking, cycling or public transport use, while apartments in multi-family houses or blocks require less heating and less ground space per person. As a result, urban dwellers on average consume less energy and land per capita than do rural residents.

Finding the balance between density and compactness on one hand and quality of life in a healthy urban environment on the other is a major challenge for Europe’s urban areas.

My City photo competition invites European citizens to share what urban environment means to them. They can choose to depict a European city of their choice, tell a positive or a negative story through their submissions. Participants can focus on one of the following three categories:

  1. Sustainable lifestyle in a city
    How does my lifestyle impact the environment? Can I change my shopping list and eating habits to help combat climate change? A shower or a bath? Solar panels or a vegetable garden on my roof?
  2. Getting around in a city
    Do I cycle or drive? What is the quickest and most pleasant way to get to work or school? Do I enjoy the journey on public transport?
  3. Leisure time in a city
    A stroll in the parks or a dive in the lake? Going to the theatre or for a run? What is the best way of experiencing my city? How do I spend my free time?

Competition winners will receive a cash prize, and all entries may be promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The winners will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 1000 in each category (Sustainable lifestyle in a city; Getting around in a city; Leisure time in a city), and EUR 500 for the Public Choice award and the Youth Prize. 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 1992-1998) to any of the competition categories.

All the finalists will be put forward for the Public Choice Award and may also feature in future digital and print material from the EEA and its European partners. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with respective participants. 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 ‘My City’ 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), My City /EEA'.

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