Applications Invited for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition

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Applications are invited from photographers from all over the world for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition which showcases the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world. It celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and showcases thought-provoking images that call attention to our impact and inspire us to live sustainably.

The competition awards additional prizes and feature opportunities in the following categories:

  • The Resilient Award, which showcases the impact of storytelling through photography.
  • Environments of the Future, which chronicles environmental change due to humanity’s impact and provides a glimpse into our future.
  • Sustainable Cities category which calls attention to our built environments and the communities and animals that inhabit them, featuring smart and resilient cities, transport, waste, and the connections between nature, society, and infrastructure.
  • Climate Action, which explores sustainable environmental and economic development and demonstrates the human connection to the natural world and our actions to preserve it. 
  • Water and Security, that examines the intricate relationships between access to clean water and sanitation, gender equality and security this category explores our ever-increasing demand for water and the role of equality in every aspect of water management from water scarcity to flooding.
  • People’s Choice: the public’s chance to vote for the top environmental photograph of 2021.

The overall prize 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.

The winning photographer will receive:

  • £10,000 cash prize and award certificate
  • A spread and interview in CIWEM’s The Environment magazine
  • A profile on the WaterBear platform
  • Feature on Nikon Europe’s website
  • & more

Additionally, in partnership with Nikon, this award showcases the best in environmental photography through the lens of young photographers aged 21 and under with the winning photographer taking home:

  • Nikon Z Camera + 3 Nikon lenses
  • An interview in CIWEM’s Environment Magazine
  • A profile on the WaterBear platform
  • Feature on Nikon Europe’s website
  • & more

It supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, recognising the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society required to address the defining issues of our time.

Now in its 14th year, the award showcases the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world, celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and showcases thought-provoking images that call attention to our impact and inspire us to live sustainably.

The competition is free to enter for all ages. Entries close on August 14, 2021 and winners will be announced in November 2021.

The general rules specify the criteria and conditions for participating in the competition and are available at https://epoty.org/rules-conditions/.

For more information about the competition and to apply, please go to https://epoty.org/.