Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

Entries are now open for the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition. The award is an international showcase for environmental photography and film. Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the competition honours amateurs and professionals of all ages. It aims to provide an opportunity for 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. 

2014 sees the introduction of the Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1,000, and it is hoped that the competition will be open to more photographers this year, as it is now free to enter.

From the open submission, the panel of judges, which includes Brigitte Lardinois, Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London; and Tim Parkin, landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape, amoungst others will, select approximately 100 works for exhibition. Entries are judged on impact, composition, originality, creativity and technical ability. Previous entries have examined issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth.

Prizes for the 2014 competition include: the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year of £5000; the Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18) of £1000; the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year of £1000. In addition, the competition this year awards two further prizes: the Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1000 and the Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award (one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests).

The announcement of the outstanding environmental, social and natural photographs selected for exhibition will be made in April 2014. The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June – 4 July 2014, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.

Images by Grassani Alessandro and  Zoltan Balogh

Enter by 31 March at