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Deadline: 31st July 2009
Entry Fee: None

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

ciwem1The international Environmental Photographer of the Year competition seeks to honour photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues. The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful. But most of all, we want your pictures to inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.

The exhibition is open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages working with digital and film photography. However, you must ensure that the image quality meets the competition’s criteria as stated below.

There will be a winner for each category, with one overall winner who will become the Environmental Photographer of the Year. Each picture must be assigned to one of the categories below but you may enter more than one picture into a category. There is a maximum of six images per entrant.

Mott MacDonald’s Changing Climates
These photographs should illustrate the impacts that global warming is having on our world. This may include places and people that are benefitting from a changing climate, or vulnerable ecosystems and communities which are struggling with the affects. You may wish to examine the interaction between economic development, environmental degradation and social inequity, treating climate change as a human rights issue.

Black & Veatch’s World of Difference
Images should capture the contribution made by a project and/or people to the pursuit of sustainable development. You could explore how innovation is helping communities reduce their carbon footprint, adapt to or mitigate impacts of climate change, or increase environmental protection. Or you could focus on an inspirational person or organisation making a difference to a community by encouraging a healthier social or physical environment.

Quality of Life
Photographs might illustrate a particular way of life in various rural, urban or social environments. They may examine individual or community lifestyles, working conditions, leisure activities, cultural traditions, spiritual activities, social inequities, racial prejudices or access to natural resources that impact on people’s quality of life.

The Natural World
These images should celebrate the incredible variety and beauty that exists within our natural environment, serving to remind us what we need to protect.

Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 21)
This section has no thematic boundaries but we would encourage entries that highlight issues important to your generation, explore your place in society or celebrate people or places that you value. This category is open to anyone under 21 throughout the world, including photography students. The winner of this category will become the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Win cash prizes of £1,000 if you become the Environmental Photographer of the Year, £500 if you become the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year and £300 if you are a category winner ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all photos entered. Please retain the original digital file for reference; it may be necessary to prove ownership. Photographers retain the copyright of any image entered into the Environmental Photographer of the Year

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