UNECE Global Photography Contest on Nature Unlocked

photography contest

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is inviting you to share your best images of Nature Unlocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many of you have immortalized these scenes with your cameras and smart phones. It is now time to get these out there and make them reach the UNECE calendar of 2021!

By taking part in this contest, your photographs will also get a chance to appear in a web-based gallery and be promoted by the United Nations. The best 13 photographs will be used to illustrate a 2021 calendar of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The calendar will be widely distributed among delegates worldwide, as well as showcased in photography exhibition which will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in autumn 2020. It will then form part of the celebrations of the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

These photographs will be used to reinforce the message the United Nations is trying to send: We need to take urgent action to protect and restore species’ natural habitats, use natural resources in a more sustainable manner, and preserve the environment. Join this global campaign, share your photographs and help spread the message to the world!

How to participate

To take part in the contest, you can submit up to 3 of your best photographs and provide the information using this form (click here) below by 15 September 2020.

Please note that:

  • Each individual can submit a maximum of 3 photographs;
  • Entry must be an original photograph taken by the participant (the usual copyright conditions apply);
  • All photographs submitted must be in JPEG format, other formats will not be accepted;
  • Zip files will not be accepted or opened;
  • You should ensure the photo submitted is in sufficiently high resolution, size should be maximum 20 MB.

The submitted entries will be judged by a panel composed of members of the Bureaus of the UNECE Committees on Forests and the Forest Industry and on Environmental Policy as well as nature photographers. The selection criteria include technical quality, visual impact and originality of the photograph.

While only the best 13 photographs will be included in the UNECE calendar for 2021 and the photography exhibition, all other outstanding photographs received which meet the submission criteria will be shared through the website and social media accounts of the UNECE. Happy clicking!


Soniya holds a master's degree in Environmental Science from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Haryana.

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