The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year showcases the very best in environmental photography. Highlighting the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species the competition also celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably. The competition supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society needed to tackle the defining issues of our time.

We encourage entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, images that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment and responsibility for the affect our actions have.

The Categories

The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, images that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.

Environmental Phototgrapher of the Year

Celebrating powerful story telling, this is awarded to a single image which triggers debate, inspires action and improves understanding environmental change.

Sustainability in Practice Prize

Revealing human connection to the natural world, this category explores sustainable environmental and economic development.

Changing Climates Prize

Chronicling environmental change and the resilience of the individuals and communities facing adversity.

Built Environment Prize

Focusing on people and our urban environments including environmental solutions from design, materials and structures.

Young Environmental Photographer of the Year

This category showcases the best in environmental photography through the lens of young photographers aged 20 or under.

How to Enter

The 2018 competition is now closed for entries, details for the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 will be announced shorty, please visit our social media pages for updates. Our 2019 competition will be open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages.

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Our Judges

Terry Fuller

Terry is Chief Executive of CIWEM, he is responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims, its services to members and the public interest. He has nearly 30 year’s experience as a River and Coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations.

Ashley Cooper

Ashley has always been passionate about the environment and in recent years Global Warming, the effects of which he has been documenting for the last 11 years. His trips have taken him to many parts of the world with his particular interest being in capturing images that graphically demonstrate the impact of global warming, on people, places and wildlife.

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas is Editor of The Environment, the magazine for the water and environment industry. Featuring news and articles about the diverse spectrum of work in which our members engage and the regulatory and topical issues affecting them.

Georgina Pavelin

Georgina has been at Olympus for nearly 10 years and has past marketing experience from various industries. Raising awareness of important topics and supporting photographers combines her personal enthusiasm for marketing, environmental issues and art. Having her art work published from age 15 and supporting the launch of a gallery at 18, imagery is more than a career, it's a passion.

Jack Harries

Jack is a 25-year-old documentary photographer, film-maker and activist. Through the success of his blog Jack has focused on raising awareness around climate change, forced migration and mental health. Over the last few years he has covered environmental stories in Greenland, Somaliland, Bhutan and Kiribati. Jack is an Antarctic Ambassador for Greenpeace and has worked with the WWF, UN Environment, Teenage Cancer Trust and The School Fund.

Matilde Gattoni

Matilde is an award-winning French-Italian photographer based in Milan and covering social, environmental and human rights issues around the world. Since the start of her career in 2000, she has worked extensively in the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Africa, covering topics such as droughts, refugee emergencies, illegal mining, mass migrations, large scale land grabbing and climate change for more than one hundred newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Mahir Aliyev

Mahir is Regional Coordinator for Europe of the UN Environment’s Europe Office in Geneva, Switzerland where, among other duties, he runs the environment and security, international waters, and regional and country coordination work. He also represents UN Environment in inter-agency cooperation.

Leila Urekenova

Leila is Programme Analyst at the UN Environment’s Europe Office, where she is involved with the management of a portfolio of projects in the European region. She coordinates the work of the Geneva Science-Policy Platform on Environment and Security, a forum which brings together scientists and policymakers in search of innovative solutions to address the environment and security nexus.

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