ZeroWaste PIX | Photo competition on Environmental Protection


Are you over 18 and passionate about photography? Do you want to send a positive message about environmental protection and show the world the problems of the country where you live thought your photo?

If the answer is yes, you should participate in “ZeroWaste PIX 2023“, a photo competition organised by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The competition

Every year the European Environment Agency organises a photo competition to raise awareness on an environmental theme and invites young people from all over Europe to share their views on it.

ZeroWaste PIX” is a photo competition to reflect on the state of modern human civilisation. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and inspire positive changes in environmental protection.

The competition will remain open between 3 July 2023 and 3 October 2023.

The categories

Participants can submit photographs regarding the following four categories:

  • Circular and smart:

Participants will be showing through the photos various suppliers that are contributing to alleviating environmental pressures through their production lines. Some examples are photos of green innovations making use of leftovers and waste or the use of residual flows from the food industry to produce animal feed.

  • Eco-lifestyles:

This categorie includes photos that capture the habits that help minimise the daily generation of waste, such as reducing meat consumption, composting organic waste, embracing the second-hand market, buying local and organic products or producing your own electricity

  • Wasteful production:

The photos in this categories should show how EU industries contribute to this wasteful production. Examples are photographies of inefficient production lines, disposal of toxic materials, or wastewater discharges.

  • Consumption mania:

The aim of this categories is to show the current consumption patterns and throwaway culture through pictures of, for example, large volume of waste, dumpsters full of unsold products or animals interacting with the discarded leftovers of human civilisation.

The selection process

There will be 30-50 finalists and 6 winners.

The selection process will be as follows:

  • The best photographs in each category will be selected by a pre-selection committee.
  • Finalist photos will then be submitted to an external jury that will determine the winners of all prizes except for the Public Choice Award.
  • For the Public Choice Award, the finalist entries put forward by the pre-selection committee will be open to a public vote from 24 October to 7 November 2023.
  • The winners of all prizes will be announced on 10 November 2023.

Competition winners will receive a cash prize of EUR 1,000 in each category!

The requirements

The requirements to partecipate in the competition are:

  • This photography competition is open to the citizens of the EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Türkiye; under the stabilisation and association agreements: North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The photos must be taken in the countries mentioned above.
  • All participants must be 18 or older.
  • You must have full copyrights to the submitted material.
  • You may submit maximum 5 entries in the competition.
  • By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.

How to participate

If you meet the requirements for participation you can send a maximum of 5 photos through the official website.

Submit your entry by 3 October 2023 23.59 (CEST).


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