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CIWEM Environmental Contest

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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.

Prizes:
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £3000
  • Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 25): £1000
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year: £500
  • Atkins Built Environment Prize: Photographer in residence for 12 month opportunity capturing Atkins major projects
  • CIWEM Changing Climate Prize: £500, plus showcase of portfolio in one issue of The Environment Magazine
  • Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Prize: £1000, plus showcase of portfolio in one of England’s Public Forests

All entrants will be informed if they have been selected for exhibition by 5 May 2016, by email.

Entrants are invited to submit up to 10 still photographs or films. In recognition of the contemporary focus of this year’s competition, photographs must have been taken (and films made) since 1 January 2015. Online submission of digital photographs via the website.

Image requirements: JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Adobe Photoshop, with a maximum file size of 0.5MB. If shortlisted, still photography entrants must be able to supply images as RAW files or original JPEGs. Some digital adjustment or editing is allowed, but entrants should understand that the objective is to remain faithful to the original experience, and to never deceive the viewer or misrepresent reality.

Judging criteria:

  • Impact – does it illustrate immediate, subtle or resonant messages?
  • Creativity – is it unusual, thoughtful, beautiful, subversive or ironic?
  • Originality – is the subject treated differently and is the subject matter new?
  • Composition – consider the perspective, balance, clarity of meaning and focus of statement
  • Relevance – consider current environmental issues
  • Technical quality – consider clarity, focus, lighting, exposure and colour

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