Environmental Photography Award 2022

Congratulations to all the 2022 winners

Celebrating its second year, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award has gone from strength to strength, with 7,800 images submitted from photographers around the globe. Thank you to everyone who has taken part this year.

Across the five categories, the imagery reminds us of the staggering beauty of our planet; the ways in which nature is struggling in the face of the demands that humanity is putting on it; and some of the visions of hope for the future.

Our prestigious jury has chosen its shortlisted and winning images, which will be exhibited in the Principality of Monaco in June 2022, and will then tour internationally.

We hope you enjoy looking through the final selection of imagery for this year’s Award, and look forward to the third running of the Award in 2023!

This annual award was created in 2021, on the 15th anniversary of the Foundation, with the aim to reward photographers who put their creativity to good use in raising awareness on environmental protection.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022

Easa Lebbe Muhammed Jamsith with ‘Tears’

The grand prize winner of the 2022 award is this heartbreaking image of an elephant’s final moments in a garbage dump in Oluvil, Sri Lanka. The elephant died after three days of being treated where it lay. It was the seventh such elephant death at this dump, and was caused by the elephant swallowing the plastic wrapping of the food which it was scavenging.

For his efforts in documenting this tragedy, Easa wins a €5000 grant, a trip to the University of Ecuador’s Amazon Research Station in the heart of the Ecuadorian jungle, and a trip to Monaco for the inauguration of the 2022 Award exhibition.

Public Winner 2022

Mathieu Courdesses with ‘Black and Wild'

This year's Public Vote winner is this wonderful monochrome image of a silverback gorilla by Mathieu Courdesses from France. It was taken in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and if you click on Mathieu's image you can read his fascinating description of the search for the gorillas, and the process of asking the patriarch for his agreement to being photographed.

Polar Wonders

Beautiful images depicting landscapes, wildlife and local communities in the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic).

1st place

Kirstin Jones with ‘The Great Trek’

2nd place

Yuri Pritisk with ‘Live River’

3rd place

Vasily Iakovlev with ‘In search of Gerda’

Beneath the Canopy

Highlighting the beauty of the flora and fauna that make up the forest ecosystem and the lives of native communities in the boreal, temperate and tropical forests.

1st place

Haikun Liang with ‘Glowworm’

2nd place

Panos Laskarakis with ‘Macro world!’

3rd place

Jari Heikkinen with ‘The Big Owl and Full Moon’

Life Under the Surface

Photographs illustrating the incredible richness of the underwater world, both in terms of aquatic landscapes and the wildlife inhabiting the ocean.

1st place

Yung-Sen Wu with ‘Pacific Red Sockeye’

2nd place

Gabriel Barathieu with ‘Flow of Catfish’

3rd place

Alex Mustard with ‘Shell Patterns’

Humanity Versus Nature

Images depicting the conflicting relationship between humans and nature, as well as the negative impact of human activities on the environment.

1st place

Easa Lebbe Muhammed Jamsith with ‘Tears’

2nd place

Tran Van Hong with ‘Disaster’

3rd place

Majid Hojati with ‘Drought’

Towards a Sustainable Future

Dedicated to images that highlight the efforts, actions and solutions implemented globally by communities in order to build a more sustainable world and more harmonious relationships between man and nature.

1st place

Simone Tramonte with ‘Net-Zero Transition (II)’

2nd place

Giacomo d'Orlando with ‘Nemo's Garden’

3rd place

Stoicescu Ioana with ‘The Sea is not a trash bin!’

Touring Exhibition

Winning and shortlisted images will be featured in an outdoor exhibition in the Larvotto Promenade of Monaco, from June 1st to 30th. An opening event will take place in the presence of the members of the Award Jury and the Grand Prize winner.

The “Humanity & Wildlife” exhibition that followed the inaugural 2021 edition of the Award opened in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and was met with great success. 46 of the best photographs selected by the Jury were presented in the Monaco Casino Gardens.

The exhibition has since traveled to Rome, on the Piazza del Campidoglio, with more than 70,000 visitors, and then to the Giardino dei Liburni, San Marino in 2021 where it had more than 13,000 visitors. Further exhibitions will be presented throughout 2022, with the aim of raising awareness of the need to preserve our planet.

© Eric Mathon

15 years of leading action for environmental protection

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco very early on promoted the ideal of a new relationship with nature and the various species with which we share our Earth. Aware that we were disrupting all the major planetary balances instead of safeguarding them, thus endangering the future of humanity, and having witnessed firsthand the profound upheavals wrought by the effects of climate change the Sovereign decided to become personally involved through His Foundation in order to amplify His action in favour of the environment.

Launched in 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has become a leading NGO for the preservation and education of sustainable development on a global scale. For fifteen years, the Foundation has significantly contributed to almost 700 projects focused on three main domains of action – climate change, biodiversity and water, in three priority areas: the Mediterranean basin, the Polar Regions, and the Least Developed Countries.

The global crisis we are facing today urges us to form a new relationship with a nature we thought we dominated, and it shows us that We cannot exist without It. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has the strong conviction that together we can positively rise from this crisis. By joining forces, we can create a more sustainable world for the generations to come.

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