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A 2014 entry into the competition, showing the Cornish port of Porthleven being battered by storms A 2014 entry into the competition, showing the Cornish port of Porthleven being battered by storms Bernie Petterson
03 Mar
The prestigious 2015 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries

Since its launch in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the competition has become an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film, honouring both amateurs and professionals, and provides a global platform for photographers to share their images of environmental and social issues.

The competition is free to enter and offers a top prize of £5000. Submissions close at 5pm on 7th April 2015, and the winning entries will be chosen by a panel of carefully selected group of judges from a variety of backgrounds.

The panel will choose entries on factors such as: impact, composition, originality, creativity, and technical ability—with special focus on those entires that show the dynamic link between environment and social issues. 

Previously selected entries have focused on issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth.

The announcement of the outstanding environmental, social and natural photographs selected for exhibition will be made in April 2015. The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June - 3 July 2015, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England, beginning with Grizedale Forest in Cumbria from 18 July – 7 September 2015.

The 2014 exhibition attracted a wide international audience through features in publications, such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times, El Pais, La Libre, Le Monde, and, of course, Geographical. The main prize was won by Bogumil Kruzel for his photo below of the Engels Leaching Tower in Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Kruzel Bogumil Man in the face of nature IWieliczka Salt Mine. Engels Leaching Tower, 135m below ground level. A few such towers were built in the mine. Saline water flows through the tower, dissolving lumps of salt placed inside to produce fully saturated brine (Image: Bogumil Kruzel)

This years competition is sponsored by Atkins and supported by the Forestry Commission UK. 

Entries will be judged from the open submission by the distinguished panel of judges:

Dr David Haley - Senior Research Fellow, Director - Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University

Brigitte Lardinois - Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London

Tim Parkin - Landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape

Hayley Skipper - Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England

Stephen Vaughan - Photographer and Senior Lecturer, Bath Spa University and Plymouth University

The prizes for the 2015 competition are:

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year - £5000

Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (25 years or under) - £1000

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year - £1000

Atkins Cityscape Prize - £1000

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award - One photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo exhibition at one of England’s public forests.


Open to all photographers, professional and amateur alike, the competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, original and beautiful. Entry is free and photographers may submit up to 10 works.

Deadline for entries: 7 April 2015, by 5pm GMT

For further information and to apply, visit the CIWEM website. 

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