Help and FAQs

If you experience problems with the online entry process, or if you have any questions about entering the Environmental Photographer of the Year that cannot be answered by reading the Rules and Guidelines, or by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) detailed below, please contact CIWEM by email.

Create an account and complete the online application here.

There is no entry fee. Each entrant may only enter a maximum of ten (10) images.

At the initial stage, all still photographs should be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality level with a maximum file size of 199MB. Please check the Digital Specifications and Digital Adjustment Guidelines on the Rules and Guidelines section of this website for further details. No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.

Check that each of your image files are 199MB or less and that they are the accepted file type – JPEG. If you still encounter problems, please contact CIWEM by email at

Entrants are asked to provide additional information about each image. Therefore, in the ‘description’ section on the entry form, please give a short statement about your work. If selected as a winner, the organisers will ask you for a more detailed description for inclusion in the printed materials and for publicity purposes. Please note text cannot be copied into this section and no international characters are accepted.

Black and white images can be entered into all categories.


Yes, you may enter previously published images, but please don’t enter images that have already received an award or recognition in another international photography competition.

Yes, but Entries cannot be changed once the final application has been submitted.

Yes, photographs taken on a mobile phone can be submitted. Please ensure your photographs meet the image resolution and format requirements.

Anyone born on or after 31st July 2000 can enter this category. For entrants under 18 parental permission must be received from the parent or guardian of the photographer. Proof of age may be required once submission has been made.

Each entrant may only enter a maximum of ten (10) images.

Images are submitted on by one, after you have uploaded your first image you will be given the option to upload further images. Up to 10 images can be submitted.

Full details of the 2021 competition categories can be found here.