Now in its 14th year, The Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) 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 supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society needed to address the defining issues of our time.

This year’s collaboration between WaterBear, Nikon Europe and CIWEM is empowered by the media reach and storytelling capabilities of the WaterBear platform and global network and the specialist expertise of CIWEM and Nikon. 

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is a Royal Chartered independent professional body and a registered charity in the United Kingdom working internationally to advance the practice of water and environmental management. CIWEM represents a community of 30,000 professionals with a shared vision for a safe and sustainable world.



WaterBear is the first network of its kind: a free interactive video and digital platform dedicated to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It does this through inspirational content, cutting-edge technology that facilitates action, and through its global network of partners. It uniquely empowers the viewer to take direct instant action to support NGOs around the world and shape a better future for our fragile planet


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In the hands of the World's greatest photographers, Nikon has been at the heart of many of the most important stories told over the course of the last century. Empowering photographers and videographers to seek out those moments, realise their creative vision and illuminate the ineffable has long been central to our brand's purpose. Climate change and the protection of our environment are the most important stories of our time. We are delighted, therefore, to be able to support this incredible award alongside CIWEM and WaterBear, reaffirming the power of photography to change the world.'

Julian Harvie, Head of Marketing for Nikon Northern Europe


Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry.  Working in more than 140 countries, the firm’s designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants and technical specialists work with our clients on innovative projects of the highest quality and impact.  Arup is helping to raise the profile of the innovative and impactful ways in which climate and ecological challenges are being addressed.