The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F) has announced the winners of the inaugural Environmental Photography Award, which was launched to examine the relationship between people and the environment.
To mark its 15th anniversary, the foundation launched the Environmental Photography Award with the theme ‘Humanity and Wildlife: Crossed Destinies, Shared Territories’. An award jury made up of professional photographers and environmental campaigners judged entries in three categories: Incredible Wildlife, Wildlife in Crisis, and Reasons for Hope.
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The overall Environmental Photography Award winner, taking the title of PA2F Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021, was Kathleen Ricker with her image ‘Gorilla by the Water’, a spectacular shot of a young male gorilla taken on a trip to Uganda which captured the imagination of the jury.
Kathleen's prize for her winning image was €6000 and a VIP trip to Monaco for the opening of the PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021 exhibition. The exhibition is on display until 1 June and the foundation hopes it will raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection and conservation.
The competition received an incredible 5,700 entries from around the globe. The foundation said, “Reviewing the submitted images (to the inaugural Environmental Photography Award) has provided a poignant reminder of why the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation exists, and the urgent need for more progress on environmental issues.
“The choice of theme for this first edition is significant, reflecting one of the fundamental lessons to be learned when we come out of the current global crisis: that humankind’s future is closely tied to the future of the species we coexist with on Earth.”
Images from category winners and runners-up, as well as the public vote winners and other shortlisted images, will also feature in a PA2F Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 book. The foundation plans to invite entries to next year’s competition from February 2022. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all nationalities who are over 18. For more details go to the PA2F competition website.