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Congratulations to all the 2022 winners

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

Across the five categories, the imagery reminded 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 chose its shortlisted and winning images, which was 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 the 2022 Award.

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 was 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 won 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'

The 2022 Public Vote winner was 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!’