Environmental Photography Award 2021

Entries close 28th March 2021

Introducing the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award

The PA2F Environmental Photography Award is being launched in 2021 in honour of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary, with a 10,000 € prize fund and a prestigious international jury.

The award will run annually, with the aim of raising awareness of environmental issues, and rewarding photographers who put their creativity and skill to good use in documenting the current state of our world.

Shortlisted images will be exhibited in the Principality of Monaco as part of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebrations, and will also be published in a commemorative photography book for distribution to the Foundation’s partners and benefactors.

2021 Theme

Humanity and Wildlife: Crossed Destinies, Shared Territories

The Award's inaugural year will be dedicated to the theme of wildlife, with the intention of celebrating the beauty and variety of the world’s wildlife, whilst also highlighting the plight of so many species, and the ways in which conservation efforts are attempting, and succeeding, to offer hope for the future.

Submissions are invited across three categories

Entries close 28th March 2021

Brief

Showcasing the beauty and variety of the species that inhabit our planet, in their natural habitats.

The ‘Incredible Wildlife’ category welcomes images of all species, whether on land, in the water, or on the wing. This category is a celebration of the breathtaking complexity of the animals that call the Earth their home, and a reminder of why we must fight to protect them.

Imagery submitted to this category does not have to illustrate wildlife that is endangered or in peril, or the focus of conservation efforts. Those images are welcomed in this category, but may also be more suited to the ‘Wildlife in Crisis’ or ‘Reasons For Hope’ categories.

It is important that all images submitted to the Award are accompanied by text explaining what is shown, in as much detail as is available. Edited text will be shown alongside imagery in the Award exhibition and book.

Brief

Highlighting the negative impact that human activities are having on wildlife, and the irrationality of our relationship towards it.

Images submitted to the ‘Wildlife in Crisis’ category should document the difficulties that wildlife are facing due to man-made impacts, including the climate crisis and ecosystem destruction. Images may explicitly show wildlife displaying the crisis that they face, such as the subjects of illegal poaching, or surrounded by destroyed habitat. But it may also be less emotive imagery of species facing difficulties, but with accompanying text that explains the situation facing that species.

It is important that all images submitted to the Award are accompanied by text explaining what is shown, in as much detail as is available. Edited text will be shown alongside imagery in the Award exhibition and book.

Brief

Exploring the solutions humans have found to develop more harmonious relationships with wildlife, through conservation efforts and actions in favour of a more sustainable future.

Efforts are underway across the world to save species, protect habitats, and reverse the damage done to wildlife by mankind. In the ‘Reasons for Hope’ category there is an opportunity to document these efforts, exploring active conservation efforts, and to draw attention to species that for example are recovering, are being successfully protected, or have been reintroduced.

It is important that all images submitted to the Award are accompanied by text explaining what is shown, in as much detail as is available. Edited text will be shown alongside imagery in the Award exhibition and book.

Award Jury

The jury, made up of professional photographers and representatives of entities committed to more sustainable development, will select the winner of the Foundation's Environmental Photography Award as well as the winners for the three categories of the contest.

Olivier Wenden

President of the Jury

Ragnar Axelsson

Laurent Ballesta

Anthony Boira

Nick Danziger

Frederick Dharshie Wissah

Daisy Gilardini

Jean-Michel Krief

Lisa Samford

Award Prizing

Grand Prize Winner

The title “PA2F Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021”

6,000 €

VIP invite to Monaco, including travel and accommodation, for the opening of the PA2F Environmental Photography Award exhibition, and including the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Category Winners

1,000 € for each of the 3 category winners

Public Vote Winners

500 € for the public vote winner in each category

Shortlisted Photographers

Featured in the PA2F Environmental Photography Award exhibition in Monaco

Published in the PA2F Environmental Photography Award book

Up to 50 images across the 3 categories will be shortlisted, with the shortlist announced on 15th April 2021.

These images will form the inaugural PA2F Environmental Photography Award exhibition and photography book. All winning and shortlisted photographers will benefit from extensive global press and social media promotion of the awards by the Foundation and its partners.

Winning images will be announced on 30th April 2021. The grand prize winner will be chosen based on a single image that the jury consider to be the best submitted this year. Category winners and shortlisted images will also be chosen by the jury. The public vote will be open to all, accessible from this page, and will commence on 1st April 2021.

Monaco Exhibition

In honour of its 15th anniversary, the Foundation wishes to showcase the shortlisted and winning images from the PA2F Environmental Photography Award in an outdoor exhibition in the Principality of Monaco. The exhibition will be on display from May 4th 2021 to June 1st 2021, with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection and conservation.

About the Foundation

Having witnessed the profound upheavals wrought by the effects of climate change on our ecosystems, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided in June 2006 to set up a Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development at a local and global scale.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation aspires to bring together scientists, political decision-makers and economic and civic stakeholders behind a vital objective for our future – that of protecting nature and biodiversity. The Foundation’s action has led to some encouraging victories being won, whether in safeguarding threatened species or improving living conditions in rural communities by implementing new sustainable and ethical solutions. Every project supported represents another step forward for the Planet, whose state of health calls for more ambitious and decisive measures.

The Foundation focuses its efforts on three principal domains of action: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water Resources and funds projects in three priority areas: the Mediterranean basin, the Polar Regions, and the Least Developed Countries. In fifteen years, the Foundation has contributed to more than 586 projects.

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