The jury panel for this year’s Environmental Photographer Of The Year competition was announced today, including a stellar line up of experts in the fields of photography, climate justice, and environmental activism.
The competition is presented by environmental and water management charity CIWEM, free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet WaterBear, world-leading provider of imaging products and services Nikon, and sustainable development professional services firm Arup, who have handpicked the jury members to ensure a diverse panel of award winning judges:
Roie Galitz, Photographer: Roie is a world-renowned wildlife photographer, environmental diplomat, an entrepreneur and a public speaker. Roie’s passion is in the great outdoors, photographing endangered wildlife and habitats, but that has also made him more aware of nature's distress as human activity increases its influence.
Roie has become a Nikon Europe Ambassador and Greenpeace Ambassador, spoken at three TED talks and is a keynote speaker in many events worldwide. As an entrepreneur, Roie has founded several companies with the love for photography, creation and our amazing world at heart, including a photography school with over 30,000 graduates and a photo travel company with dozens of expeditions each year.
Daisy Gilardini, Photographer: Daisy is a conservation photographer who specialises in the Polar Regions, with a particular emphasis on Antarctic wildlife and North American bears. Daisy’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photography, among many others.
Her images have also been used by high-profile NGOs such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Since 2018, she has been a photographer in residence with Canadian Geographic and she has been nominated Greenpeace Antarctic Ambassador and is a Nikon Ambassador.
Victor Moriyama, Photojournalist: Victor is a Brazilian photojournalist based in São Paulo, covering South America and the Amazon rainforest. His works document the processes of violence that prevail in social and environmental relations in Brazil. Returning themes include agrarian conflicts, deforestation and conservation of tropical forests and their biodiversity, genocide of indigenous populations, and the acceleration of climate change.
Concerned about the scarcity of in-depth reports on conflicts in the Amazon, in 2019 Victor created the project @historiasamazonicas, a community of Latin American photographers committed to documenting contemporary processes taking place in the Amazon and defining the present. His idea is to expand world knowledge and engage global society with problems within the largest tropical forest in the world. Victor is a regular contributor to The New York Times, covering the Amazon and Latin America.
Wacera Njagi, Photo Editor: Based in Nairobi, Wacera is a photo editor at Everyday Africa. Their work blends hands-on design for photo, art direction and media project management, utilizing varied communication mediums, design disciplines and research techniques.
Wacera has collaborated with storytelling teams at World Press Photo Foundation, Black Women Photographers, Code For Africa, The ICRC and others. Through their role at Everyday Africa, Wacera strives to make stories that convey a more accurate view of daily African life than what is commonly seen in the media.
The jury panel will review submissions and select the winning photographs, as well as curate an exhibition shortlist.
The Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2022 competition is currently open for submissions from both professional and amateur photographers and is free to enter for all ages. Participants will be competing for cash awards and prizes across six categories, including Environmental Photographer of the Year, Young Environmental Photographer of the Year, Vision of the Future, Recovering Nature, Keeping 1.5 Alive, and Adapting for Tomorrow. More information on this year’s categories can be found at www.epoty.org/categories-prizes/.
This year has also seen the addition of an ethics panel which aims to improve accountability and transparency in photo selection. The panel, consisting of ethics experts in the fields of journalism and photography, provided feedback and guidance on this year’s competition rules to support participating photographers with questions of consent, permits, and ethical representation of people and wildlife. More information about the panel, who will assist with the photo review during the 2022 selection process, can be found at www.epoty.org/ethics-panel/.
To learn more, enter, and for full details on The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition rules and prizes visit www.epoty.org. Entries close on 31 August 2022 and winners will be announced in late November.
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