Photographers are invited to send in their entries to the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition, which is running between now and August 31. Hosted by environmental and water management charity CIWEM, with support from free streaming platform WaterBear, and sponsors Nikon and Arup, this prestigious and important event is now in its fifteenth year, with a remit to spotlight the most inspirational environmental photography from across the globe.

The award celebrates challenging, beautiful and powerful images that encourage humanity to take care of our environment. While highlighting mankind’s impact on the environment, the competition also celebrates our ability to survive and innovate, offering hope that we will overcome the challenges to live sustainably.

The competition is free to enter for all ages, and to both professionals and hobbyists, who can submit work taken using any device of their choosing.

The Environmental Photographer of the Year winner receives a £5000 cash prize, in addition to an interview in CIWEM’s Environment Magazine, a profile on WaterBear’s website, and a feature on Nikon Europe’s website.

Nikon’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year award showcases the best environmental photography through the lens of young photographers aged 21 and under. The winner receives a Z Series Mirrorless camera and two Nikkor Z lenses of their choosing.

This year’s competition also features four award categories, with participants competing for

£1,000 cash prizes in the following:

1: The ‘Vision of the Future’ award is searching for inspiring or thought-provoking interpretations of our environment of the future as told through the photographer’s lens.

2: The ‘Recovering Nature’ award is looking for images that show nature’s ability to recover and for examples of innovative nature-based solutions and conservation initiatives that are bringing nature back from the brink.

3: The ‘Keeping 1.5 Alive’ award is looking for action-focused photography that highlights the urgency of curbing global warming.

4: The ‘Adapting for Tomorrow’ award calls attention to images that show how communities and nature are finding a way to live with the effects of our changing environment.

To set up an account and enter the competition head here:

Entries close on August 31 and results will be announced on November 24.

  • The addition of an ethics panel to this year’s competition aims to improve accountability and transparency in image selection. The panel, consisting of ethics experts in the fields of journalism and photography, provided feedback and guidance to support participating photographers on questions of consent, permits, and ethical representation of people and wildlife. More information about the panel, who will assist with image review during the 2022 selection process, can be found at






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