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.

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The Categories and Prizes

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 Photographer of the Year

Climate Action and Energy Prize

Changing Environments Prize

Sustainable Cities Prize

Water, Equality and Security Prize

Young Environmental Photographer of the Year

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How to Enter

The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 is now closed for entries, winners will be announced in the autumn.

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2019 Judges

Liz Bonnin

With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, Liz Bonnin has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes including the BBC's Bafta-Award winning Blue Planet Live, Super Smart Animals, Galapagos and Horizon. Liz recently investigated the ocean plastic crisis with the Landmark documentary 'Drowning in Plastic' which raised the level of public debate on this important topic, also winning a prestigious RTS Award. Liz regularly speaks at and hosts science, natural history and environmental events around the country and abroad, including The National Science and Engineering Competition, the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, New Scientist Live and Blue Dot Festival.

Michael AW

Michael is the executive director for Dr Sylvia Earle’s latest project deep hope; an organisation set up to build two 1000m state-of-the-art commercial and tourist class submersibles for a two year-round the world mission to explore the mesopelagic zone. The primary objective of DEEP HOPE is to inspire and inform the public of the important of our ocean in time of climate change. Michael AW has been an advocate for Sylvia Earle Alliance Mission Blue. He was instrumental in securing the HOPE SPOT status for Gardens of the Queen, Cuba and Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi Indonesia.

Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell has presented some of the most ambitious landmark series across the BBC, such as City in the Sky with Dr Hannah Fry and Stargazing Live with Dara O'Brian and Brian Cox, which included broadcasting Astronaut Tim Peake's historic live launch to the International Space Station and was nominated for a BAFTA. He is the host of Nat Geo’s series Science of Stupid and continues to regularly present for the Horizon Guide series on BBC4 Dallas is a regular contributor to the BBC's science magazine Focus, The Times' Eureka magazine and has written for The Observer.

Ashley Cooper 

Ashley Cooper is an environmental photographer who spent the last 14 years travelling to every continent on the planet to document the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy. The only living photographer to have done so. This epic journey cost £300,000, and was entirely self funded through image sales into newspapers, magazines and books. Ashley runs www.globalwarmingimages.net the world’s only climate change photo library.

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, its a passion. The CIWEM photo award enables fantastic emotive imagery, support of photographers plus awareness of vital and relevant topics. Olympus are proud supporters of the photo award.

Terry Fuller

Terry is chief executive of CIWEM, and is responsible for the delivery of the institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest. He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a river and coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations.

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