Environmental Migrants: The Last Illusion. Ulaan Baator (detail) by Alessandro Grassani
Nenets (detail) by Steve Morgan
Uyuni (detail) by Javier Arcenillas
Marooned (detail) by Steve Brockett

Deadline for entry

Mon 31 March 2014 17:00 GMT

Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014

Open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.

Exhibition & Prizes
Selectors
How to Enter

Selection Process
Key Dates
Background & Sponsors

Exhibition & Prizes

The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2014, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.

Prizes for the 2014 competition include:
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £5000
Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18): £1000
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year: £1000


In addition, the competition this year will award two further prizes:
The Atkins Cityscape Prize:  £1000
The Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests

The Prize Winners will be announced during a preview of the London exhibition.
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Selectors

The 2014 selection panel will include:
Paul Horton –
Director of Membership and International Development, CIWEM; Brigitte Lardinois – Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London. Previoulsy Exhibition Organiser and Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery and Cultural Director at Magnum Photos London; Olivier Laurent – Associate Editor at British Journal of Photography; Tim Parkin – landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape and David Tonkin – Chief Executive Officer, UK and Europe, Atkins.

How to Enter

The competition is open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages. Entrants are invited to submit up to 10 still photographs or films. All entrants must ensure that the quality of their entries meets the competition's criteria as stated in the Rules and Guidelines. Entry is by online submission through this website, and deadline for entry is by 5pm on 31 March 2014. All entrants are asked to ensure they have read all Rules and Guidelines before entering.

The competition’s overall theme is social and natural issues of the environment. There are two main categories for submissions, Still Photography and Film. The Film category is for short films between 5 seconds and 5 minutes long. Those submitting film entries will be required to upload a still for each film entry (JPEG), and provide an HTML link to view their full entry online via YouTube, Vimeo or similar. See the HELP & FAQs section of this website for further guidelines on film entries.

Please give a short statement about yourself and your submitted images/films. If selected for exhibition, the organisers will ask you for a more detailed description for the catalogue and publicity purposes.

Please note, the online entry will allow you to upload three images at one time.  Once uploaded please wait and the page will refresh and you can then upload the next three images, and so on.
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Selection Process

At the first stage, entrants are asked to submit up to 10 still photographs or films and a fully completed entry form. All entries must be in line with the Digital Specifications as detailed in the Rules and Guidelines.  Individual entries will be judged anonymously, and the judges will concentrate on looking for the following five qualities in submitted entries:

  • Impact - does it illustrate immediate, subtle or resonant messages?
  • Creativity - is it unusual, thoughtful, beautiful, subversive or ironic?
  • Originality - is the subject treated differently and is the subject matter new?
  • Composition - consider the perspective, balance, clarity of meaning and focus of statement
  • Technical quality - consider clarity, focus, lighting, exposure and colour
 
All entrants will be informed if they have been selected for exhibition by 29 April 2014, by email. Shortlisted entrants in the Still Photography category will then be required to supply original digital camera RAW files or original JPEGs for their shortlisted images by Tuesday 6 May 2014. See Digital Specifications section of Rules and Guidelines for further information. These images will be checked for proof of authenticity.

All finalists will be contacted by the exhibition organisers regarding further details for providing final exhibition quality image or film files, and further details about the exhibition dates and events.
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Key Dates

  • 31 March 2014 - Deadline for entries by 5pm
  • 29 April 2014 - Entrants informed of results
  • 6 May 2014 - High resolution original image files to be sent to the organisers
  • June 2014 - Exhibition of finalists' images at Royal Geographical Society, London and announcement of winners
  • Summer 2014 - Exhibition will tour forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England
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Background & Sponsors

The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Launched in 2007 by CIWEM, the competition was created to enable photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality. It is now one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world. The 2013 exhibition attracted a wide international audience through features in publications such as the Guardian, The Telegraph, British Journal of Photography and Image Magazine.

Justin Taberham, CIWEM Director of Policy, comments:
"We hope the works in 2014 will capture moments in our fragile world that not only motivate change, but inspire and celebrate the successes as well."

CIWEM is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world.
www.ciwem.org

SPONSOR
The Environmental Photographer of the Year is generously sponsored by Atkins. Throughout their history from post-war regeneration to high-speed rail and the integrated sustainable cities of the future their people’s breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask why has allowed them to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most complex projects.
www.atkinsglobal.com

SUPPORTER
The Environmental Photographer of the Year tour is now kindly supported by Forestry Commission England - as the guardian of forests and woodlands in England they believe that Forest Art Works and that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work.
www.forestry.gov.uk/forestartworks
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Online entry form
Nuclear Winter (detail) by Zoltan Balogh
Beekeeping Workshop (detail) by Jonathan Goldberg
E-Waste in Ghana (detail) by Kai Loffelbein

RULES & GUIDELINES

Environmental Photographer of the Year aims to promote and reward excellence in international environmental photography and video, and to enhance the understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality. Before entering, please read the Rules and Guidelines and Digital Specifications & Adjustment Guidelines carefully as all entrants have to acknowledge acceptance of them during the online registration process.

Rules and Guidelines
Digital Specifications
Digital Adjustment Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

  • Each entrant may enter up to 10 still photographs or films.
  • Entries must be submitted as digital files only. For initial entry, all still photography images must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Adobe Photoshop, with a maximum file size of 0.5MB. SEE DIGITAL SPECIFICATIONS SECTION BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
  • If shortlisted, still photography entrants must be able to supply images as RAW files or original JPEGs. SEE DIGITAL SPECIFICATIONS BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
  • Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all the entries they submit, or they must have obtained permission from the copyright holder to submit the entries on their behalf. The photographer retains the copyright to all their entries into the Environmental Photographer of the Year.
  • Do not add a signature to any entry as judging is done anonymously and entries with overlay signatures will not be accepted.
  • It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary permissions are obtained from people featured in the entry.
  • All entries, both still photography and film, should be a faithful representation of the original scene and localised adjustments should be used appropriately. Some digital adjustment or editing is allowed, but entrants should understand that the objective is to remain faithful to the original experience, and to never deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality. SEE DIGITAL ADJUSTMENT GUIDELINES SECTION BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
  • Each entrant agrees to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and entry for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the competition and exhibition without additional compensation.
  • By entering the Competition, you grant CIWEM a non-exclusive licence to reproduce, publish and communicate your entry to the public by exhibiting your entry through all media throughout the world in relation to the Environmental Photographer of the Year. This includes, but is not limited to: the judging process; the exhibition and tour; inclusion in an Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition catalogue or book; online galleries; promotional, press and marketing materials associated with the Environmental Photographer of the Year; and associated merchandising. CIWEM is allowed to pass on any entry to online and print publications to be used either for editorial or image based promotion only in relation to the Environmental Photographer of the Year, with full credit given to the photographer.
  • By entering the competition you accept that your entry may be exhibited by CIWEM or other exhibitions organised or attended by CIWEM as part of the Environmental Photographer of the Year. CIWEM reserves the right to reproduce any entry for exhibition purposes.
  • CIWEM cannot accept liability for the misuse of entries and or failure of any third party to comply with the Environmental Photographer of the Year's credit guidelines.
  • The sponsors of the Environmental Photographer of the Year (specifically Atkins but also any other sponsors detailed in the Background & Sponsors section of this website) reserve the right to reproduce any entry from the exhibition in their own marketing and publications, in relation to the competition and exhibition only.
  • Judges appointed by CIWEM will choose the exhibition and winners. The judges' decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • CIWEM reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.
The competition is open to all international photographers, both amateur and professional, and of all ages.
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Digital Specifications

The following guidelines explain the required specifications for each category at the different stages of the competition and exhibition. Please ensure that your entries adhere to these guidelines. If any further queries, please check the HELP & FAQs section or contact the exhibition organisers by email.
 
  • Still Photographs - initial entry: all still photographs must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Adobe Photoshop, with a maximum file size of 0.5MB. Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Whilst work titles may be too long to be used as image names, a section of your title would be adequate. 
  • Films - initial entry: entrants are required to upload a still for each film entry (JPEG max. 0.5MB as per still photographs) AND to provide an HTML link in order to view the full film via YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Each clip should be a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 5 minutes long, and can include an audio track. Each still image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Whilst work titles may be too long to be used as image names, a section of your title would be adequate. The HTML link must be labelled in such a way that it is easily identifiable as your work, i.e. include your name in the file link. If your Vimeo account is password protected please paste the password into the 'Vimeo Password (if applicable)' field for that entry on the entry form. Please do not paste it in with the link, as this will corrupt the link.
  • Still Photographs -proof of authenticity: original digital camera RAW files will be required if your image is shortlisted. Digital images captured as JPEG are allowed, providing the original un-retouched JPEG is available for inspection. Any work created from more than one original (e.g. stitched images), must be declared as such, and the original captured images should be available for inspection when requested.
  • Films - exhibition: high-resolution files will be needed if selected for exhibition. Entrants will be required to either upload these file to the competition FTP site, or to send a DVD to the exhibition organisers. These details will be confirmed if selected for exhibition.
  • Still images - exhibition: for printing in all media and for inclusion in the exhibition, a high-resolution image (preferably TIFF) will be requested if your image is selected for exhibition. This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at 300ppi. Images within the Exhibition will be printed to an approximate maximum of 920mm along the longest dimension.
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Digital Adjustment Guidelines

The following digital adjustments are not allowed:
  • adding or removing animals, parts of animals, plants, distractions, people etc.
  • composites and sandwich shots that add elements.
  • images that have been digitally manipulated outside of the allowed adjustments.
 
The following digital adjustments are allowed:
  • removal of sensor dust spots and chromatic aberration
  • removing background noise (in moderation)
  • levels (in moderation)
  • curves (in moderation)
  • colour (in moderation)
  • saturation (in moderation)
  • contrast work (in moderation)
  • shadow and highlights (in moderation)
  • sharpening (including selective sharpening) in moderation
  • cropping in moderation and as long as a suitable high-res TIFF file can be supplied for printing a large exhibition display
  • dodging, burning and toning (in moderation)
  • neutral density gradients (in moderation)
  • removing lens vignetting
  • panoramas i.e. panoramas created from several images that have been taken from the same location and at the same time, and then combined or stitched using digital techniques, and resulting in a wider view than can be achieved with most wide-angle lenses. (NB: stitched panoramas must be declared in caption information.)
  • multiple exposures are only allowed if this is a feature of the camera and the result is one single file. Entrants must state in the caption if their image is a multiple exposure.
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Online entry form
Nuclear Winter (detail) by Zoltan Balogh
Beekeeping Workshop (detail) by Jonathan Goldberg
E-Waste in Ghana (detail) by Kai Loffelbein

HELP & FAQs

If you experience problems with the online entry process, including payments by PayPal, or if you have any questions about entering the Environmental Photographer of the Year that can not be answered by reading the Rules and Guidelines, or by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) detailed below, please contact the website administrators by email.

Additional Guidelines for Film Entries

The following points should be considered when submitting film entries:
  • Do not overload films with text, this competition is looking for striking images, be it still or moving, which address environmental issues.
  • Whilst the judges are keen to see images and films with strong, thought provoking messages, they do not expect entries to overly preach, i.e. do not just get on a soapbox, be clever with the message you are conveying.
  • The film category is for moving image rather than an edit of still images.
  • Consider how the story or message develops in your film.

FAQs

How much is the entry fee?
What resolution should my images be?
I cannot upload my images, what should I do?
I want to submit a mix of still photographs and films, is this possible?
What should I write in the 'Statement' section on the entry form?
If selected for exhibition, who would be responsible for printing and framing my work?
How many images will be accepted for exhibition?

How much is the entry fee?

There is no entry fee, however each entrant may only enter a maximum of 10 images/videos.
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What resolution should my images be?

At the initial stage, all still photographs must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Photoshop, Adobe (1998), with a maximum file size of 0.5MB. Please check the Digital Specifications and Digital Adjustment Guidelines on the Rules and Guidelines section of this website for further details.
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I cannot upload my images, what should I do?

Check that each of your image files are 0.5MB or less and that they are the accepted file types (either JPG, TIFF, or PNG.) If you still encounter problems, please contact the website administrators by email.
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I want to submit a mix of still photographs and films, is this possible?

Yes. Each entrant can submit up to 10 entries, which can be a mix of both still photography and film. Please ensure you follow the guidelines for submitting film entries, as detailed in the Digital Specifications of the Rules and Guideline section of this website.
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What should I write in the 'Statement' section on the entry form?

Entrants are asked to provide additional information about each image or film. Therefore in the 'Statement' section on the entry form, please give a short statement about yourself and your work. If selected for exhibition, the organisers will ask you for a more detailed description for inclusion in the exhibition catalogue and for publicity purposes.
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If selected for exhibition, who would be responsible for printing and framing my work?

The organisers will be responsible for the printing and framing of all images for the exhibition.
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How many works will be accepted for exhibition?

Approximately 70 - 100 images and films will be selected for exhibition.
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Online entry form
Nuclear Winter (detail) by Zoltan Balogh
Beekeeping Workshop (detail) by Jonathan Goldberg
E-Waste in Ghana (detail) by Kai Loffelbein
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
www.ciwem.org

Atkins is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies
www.atkinsglobal.com

Parker Harris are Contemporary Visual Art Specialists
www.parkerharris.co.uk

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Online entry form
Nuclear Winter (detail) by Zoltan Balogh
Beekeeping Workshop (detail) by Jonathan Goldberg
E-Waste in Ghana (detail) by Kai Loffelbein

Contact details

For all enquiries, please contact the Exhibition Organisers:

Parker Harris

Tel: +44 (0)372 462190
or by email
Online entry form
Nuclear Winter (detail) by Zoltan Balogh
Beekeeping Workshop (detail) by Jonathan Goldberg
E-Waste in Ghana (detail) by Kai Loffelbein
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