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Congratulations to all the 2021 winners

This inaugural year of the PA2F Environmental Photography Award has seen an incredible 5,700 entries from around the globe. Thank you to all who took part. Reviewing the submitted images has provided a poignant reminder of why the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation exists, and the urgent need for more progress on environmental issues. Please enjoy looking through all the shortlisted and winning images, and we look forward to welcoming you back for next year’s awards.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021

Kathleen Ricker with ‘Gorilla By The Water’

Kathleen’s spectacular image of a young male gorilla was taken on a trip to Uganda and captured the imagination of the Award Jury.

“The photographer has perfectly captured the magic of the moment when the gorilla forgets her presence to concentrate on crossing the river in the heart of the sumptuous Ugandan forest.”
Jean-Michel Krief (Jury Member)

Congratulations to Kathleen, who is the grand prize winner of this year’s inaugural award, and wins €6000.

Incredible Wildlife

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

Category Winner

Lincoln Macgregor with ‘Enchanted Forest’

Lincoln’s captivating image shows a wombat wandering through an Australian forest in the glow of bioluminescent Ghost Fungi. It was shot using camera-trap technology, and combines a 30 second exposure with flash to illuminate the wombat.

Public Vote Winner

Mitchell Lewis with ‘Hidden From Sight’

This red deer stag was photographed watching over his herd of females (and the photographer!) by Mitchell in Richmond Park, London.

Wildlife in Crisis

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

Category Winner

Maxim Sayapin with ‘Traces of Life in the Realm of Death’

This heartbreaking image of a nest woven from garbage was taken by Maxim on the Mediterranean coast of Israel.

Public Vote Winner

Maxime Aliaga with ‘Captif’

Maxime’s image of this young orangutan was taken at a quarantine centre near Medan in Sumatra. It houses orangutans that have been rescued from being held captive illegally.

Reasons for Hope

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.

Category Winner

Emmanuel Rondeau with ‘The Stag Above the Highway’

Emmanuel’s image shows a stag using a wildlife crossing in the Charente-Maritime region of France, over the A10 highway. These highways allow for ecological continuity and safe and free travel for wildlife.

Public Vote Winner

Mathieu Courdesses with ‘Love in the Jungle’

This image of a female orangutan and her cub was shot by Mathieu in the jungles of Sumatra, where their population is estimated at around 14,500. This is an increase from an estimated population of 7,300 between 200 and 2003.