The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2023
with ‘Fight to the death’
The 2023 grand prize winner, selected by our prestigious jury of photography professionals, is this heart-rending image showing a scared and defiant elephant that has been struck by a freight train in the Lopé National Park in Gabon. The animal suffered a shattered hip and later died, with its meat being distributed by the park’s director amongst the local community. The train that hit this elephant was carrying manganese, a significant Gabonese export product. It highlights the everyday dangers that human infrastructure creates for wildlife.
For bringing this scene to the world’s attention, photographer Jasper Doest wins a €5000 grant, an invitation including travel and accommodation to the University of Ecuador’s Amazon Research Station in the heart of the Ecuadorian jungle, and an invitation including travel and accommodation to Monaco for the 2023 Award Ceremony.
The Public Award was chosen from the shortlisted images by a public vote which was open to all. Over 5,000 votes were cast, and the winner, echoing the choice of the jury, is Jasper Doest, who wins a €500 prize.
with ‘Fight to the death’
The Students' Choice prize is new for 2023, and is chosen by a selection of the school students of Monaco. David Feuerhelm wins the €500 prize for his image of an ice cave in the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap on Iceland.
with ‘Baby it's cold out there!’
The awards comprise five categories. Within each category our awards jury selected a winning image, which receives a €1000 prize, a 2nd and 3rd placed image, and other shortlisted images that will appear in the exhibition and book.
Photographers were invited to submit their most beautiful images depicting landscapes, wildlife and local communities in the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions.
Franco Banfi with ‘Tiny umbrella’
Knut M Selmer with ‘The polarfox in the arctic winter’
Dustin Patar with ‘Out for a Run’
Humanity Versus Nature
Images depicting the conflicting relationship between humans and nature around the world, and the negative impact of human activities on the environment: issues related to the consequences of climate change (droughts, deforestation, extreme climate events…), the loss of biodiversity (endangered species, disastrous interactions between humans and wildlife…), as well as the depletion of the world’s water resources.
Jasper Doest with ‘Fight to the death’
Giacomo d'Orlando with ‘Coexisting with sea level rise’
Pratik Chorge with ‘Risking life for the Thirst’
Images that illustrate the incredible richness of the sea and the ocean surface and underwater seascapes as well as marine wildlife.
Simon Biddie with ‘My Kingdom’
Franco Banfi with ‘Life cycle’
Suliman Alatiqi with ‘Party of 3’
Into the Forest
Images 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.
Kallol Mukherjee with ‘Falling leaves are blue’
Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya with ‘Have you ever seen the rain’
Clement Fontaine with ‘Predator VS Predator’
Change Makers: Reasons for Hope
Images highlighting the efforts and actions implemented globally by communities based on their traditional knowledge and on innovative solutions to build a more sustainable world and more harmonious relationships between man and nature. It aims to demonstrate hope for Humanity and for the Planet.
Marcus Westberg with ‘Airborne’
Tommy Trenchard with ‘Wildlife CSI Academy’
Tom Shlesinger with ‘Checking Out a Coral Nursery’