International Environmental Photography Contest

International Environmental Photography Contest

Deadline: January 10, 2021
Entry Fee: Youth – Free, Adult – $5
Prizes: $500, $1,000, valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition

The Environmental Photography Contest and Exhibition is an international photography competition including a curated environmental photography exhibition held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado as a part of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) that may travel to other venues.

The International Environmental Photography Contest and Exhibition hopes to represent the shared visions of world communities that are concerned about environmental issues. This program, and the outstanding photographic work it shares, is intended to inspire viewers on an emotional level. Ideally photographs will inform and encourage viewers to think about the environment or motivate them to take action.

All photographers (amateur or professional) from around the globe, using all styles and processes are encouraged to enter.

In addition to valuable prizes awarded to the best photograph in each category (plus the Grand Prize and People’s Choice award), images are seen by regional, national, and international audiences of collectors, curators, writers, and others from the environmental community. We strive to give winners and selected finalists numerous opportunities to be recognized for their accomplishments by showcasing their work in a variety of locations and publications.

Winning images will be exhibited at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado; displayed at a high profile location in Downtown Denver that is free to the public; featured on our website and social media; and promoted through press releases and partner publications, with more recognition opportunities to be announced.


  • Adult (Over 18)
  • Landscape
    Images without wildlife or people that feature dramatic vistas in the natural world.
  • Wildlife
    Images that showcase the amazing diversity of wildlife around the world in the air, on the ground, or under water.
  • Indigenous Cultures
    Images of native peoples ideally emphasizing the interconnection between humans and nature.
  • Environmental Impact
    Images depicting either positive or negative effects on the environment from human or animal activity. Subject matter could include outdoor adventure or sports, clean energy alternatives, or the destruction of forests, to name a few. People or animals may or may not be included in the image.
  • Patterns/Abstracts
    Images that capture the unique patterns and shapes found in the natural world or created by humans in their use or misuse of resources.
  • Youth (age 13 to 18)
    Age of entrant will be determined by their age on the day of entry.


  • $1000 Cash Grand Prize
  • $500 Cash Youth First Place Award
  • Great product prizes from our sponsors

Recognition Opportunities

  • Exhibition at the American Mountaineering Center (and travel to other possible venues)
  • Display at a High Profile Location in Downtown Denver (to be announced in January)
  • Publication on our Website and Social Media
  • Press Releases to Local and National Media
  • More to be announced…

All Contest Entrants will receive a Virtual Gift Bag full of content and special offers from our Partners and Sponsors

Entry Fee

  • $5 for each image submitted
    There is no limit to the number of images you may enter
  • Youth entries are free


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