Applications are now open for the 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) Competition to celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and showcases thought-provoking images that call attention to their impact and inspire them to live sustainably.
Entries will be accepted from amateur and professional photographers of all ages from around the world. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 31st August 2022.
Now in its 15th year, the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition showcases the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world.
o Environmental Photographer of the Year.
o Young Environmental Photographer of the Year.
o Vision of the Future.
o Recovering Nature.
o Keeping 1.5 Alive, and
o Adapting for Tomorrow.
1. Environmental Photographer of the Year
o The top award will be granted to a single image that furthers people’s understanding of the causes and effects of environmental change and social inequality, highlights solutions to the climate and ecological emergency, and inspires us to live sustainably.
o This category is open to professional and amateur photographers of all ages, from all over the world. The winner will receive a £5,000 cash prize in addition to an interview in CIWEM’s Environment Magazine, a profile on WaterBear’s website, and a feature on Nikon Europe’s website.
2. Young Environmental Photographer of the Year
o In partnership with Nikon, this award showcases the best in environmental photography through the lens of young photographers aged 21 and under.
o This category recognises rising talent and is open to photographers aged 21 years or younger. The winner will receive a Z Series Mirrorless camera and two NIKKOR Z lenses of their choosing, as well as an interview in CIWEM’s Environment Magazine and a feature on the Waterbear and Nikon platforms.
3. Additional Prizes
Additional £1,000 cash prizes are awarded in the following four categories:
1. Vision of the Future.
2. Recovering Nature.
3. Keeping 1.5 Alive, and
4. Adapting for Tomorrow.
o The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers of all ages and from around the world.
o Each entrant may submit up to three (3) still photographs.
o All photographs submitted must have been taken after 01 Jan 2021.
o Each photo must be submitted under one of the categories published on the competition website.
o Each photo must be submitted with a completed form in English answering the below requirements:
> details about the date and location where the photo was captured;
> information (optional) about the photographic equipment and camera settings used at the time the photo was taken (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focal length);
> description of the photo’s content, its context or background (including declaring any staging for artistic or creative ends);
> a clear explanation on how this work fits the selected category’s criteria; and
> an ethics statement (optional), describing any ethical considerations encountered when taking the photo.
o All entries should be a faithful representation of the original scene and maintain integrity of the photo’s content and context. Some digital adjustments and editing is allowed, but entrants should understand that the objective is to remain faithful to the original scene, and to never deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality.
o Entries with overlay signatures, watermarks or stencils will be disqualified automatically.
o Entries must be submitted as digital files only, in a high-res JPEG format with a maximum file size of 199MB. If selected, entrants must be able to supply images as RAW files or original JPEGs, and
CIWEM takes no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
For more information and details about how to enter the competition, please visit the Environmental Photographer of the Year website.
Among the 2021 winners of the Environmental Photographer of the Year was this image of river fishing in Ashraful, Islam. More photographs from the 2021 competition can be viewed at this LINK.