We were delighted this year to receive almost 7,000 images from professional and amateur photographers alike in over 119 nations.
Our judging panel will be scoring the submissions, developing the exhibition shortlist and selecting a winner for each of the competition categories over the coming weeks. Applicants whose images were selected for the exhibition shortlist will be contacted by early October with details and next steps. Due to the volume of submissions, we will only be contacting those who have progressed to the exhibition shortlist stage.
We will be launching the People’s Choice voting online in the 26 days running up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Category winners will be announced on 10th November as part of this year’s exhibition at The New York Times Climate Hub.
OF THE YEAR 2021
Now in its 14th year, The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition showcases the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world. The award celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and showcases thought-provoking images that call attention to our impact and inspire us to live sustainably.
The competition is free to enter for all ages. Entries closed on 14 August 2021 and winners will be announced at COP26 in November 2021.
The Environmental Photographer of the Year supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, recognising the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society required to address the defining issues of our time.