Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year calls for submissions

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year has opened for submissions!

The competition is now calling for entries from photographers and film makers, as well as encouraging scientists and engineers to use these mediums to show their unique experiences and outlook on the issues covered by the competition.

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition raises awareness of the world’s environmental and social issues, as well as promoting the power of film and photography as the educational tool for this. CIWEM launched the competition in 2007 to develop and increase our understanding of such issues through images shared with an international audience. It is open to all amateur and professional photographers of any age and nationality.

Photofusion Member, Jonathan Goldberg, was awarded the Environmental Video of the Year Award 2013 for Shaking the Tree, which shows how one man inspired an army of fruit harvesters in his local community…

© Beekeeping workshop, Jonathan Goldberg, 2012.

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 of: £1000
Atkins Cityscape Prize (Selected by Public Vote): £1000
Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: A solo exhibition at one of England’s public forests.

All winning entries will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in June and will be followed by a tour of forest venues nationally as supported by Forestry Commission England. The 2013 exhibition gained global attraction through publications in The Guardian, The Telegraph, British Journal of Photography, and Image Magazine.

© Swan on nest of rubbish, SE2, William Eckersley (Photofusion Member), 2010

The jury include CIWEM Director of Policy Justin Taberham and Atkins Chief Executive Office, UK and Europe, David Tonkins, as well as more selectors to be announced shortly. Thanks to Atkins the competition is free to enter!

Key dates for the competition are as follows:

  • 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

Last year’s winners were Michele Palazzi for CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 with ‘Gone with the Dust #02′, Eleanor Bennett won Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (under 18), with two works selected for exhibition and Jonathan Goldberg was awarded the Environmental Video of the Year Award for ‘Shaking the Tree’.

© Gone with the dust #02, Michele Palazzi, 2012


The deadline is 31st March 5pm. For more information visit www.epoty.org

Written by Jenny Wickens, intern