Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photography Competition 2015

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This 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.


  • The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2015, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £5000
  • Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 25): £1000
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year: £1000
  • Atkins Cityscape Prize: £1000
  • Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests

All entrants will be informed if they have been selected for exhibition by  24 April 2015, by email.


  • Dr David Haley BA Hons (Fine Art) MA PhD HonFCIWEM – Senior Research Fellow, Director – Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment
  • Brigitte Lardinois – Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London
  • Tim Parkin – landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape e
  • Hayley Skipper – Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England
  • Stephen Vaughan – Photographer and Senior Lecturer, Bath Spa University and Plymouth University

Submit up to 10 still photographs or films. Shortlisted entrants in the Still Photography category will then be required to supply original digital camera RAW files or original JPEGs for their shortlisted images by  8 May 2015.

Image requirements: JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Adobe Photoshop, with a maximum file size of 0.5MB.

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
  • Technical quality – consider clarity, focus, lighting, exposure and colour


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