Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
Exhibition & Prizes
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.
How to Enter
Background & Sponsors
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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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.
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
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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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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- 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
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."
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.
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.
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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.