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What comes to your mind when you think of nature, economy and well-being? The European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to share your views and observations of Europe’s environment in a photography competition ‘Picture2050 – Living well, within the limits of our planet’.
Our natural environment is the backbone of our health and our economy. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat all depend on healthy ecosystems. Our quality of life is closely linked to the state of the environment we live in. The way we use natural resources puts increasing pressure on the environment, and risks undermining our ecosystems’ ability to continue providing us services.
In its 7th Environment Action Programme (7EAP), the European Union’s has defined the following long-term vision: ‘In 2050, we live well, within the planet’s ecological limits. Our prosperity and healthy environment stem from an innovative, circular economy where nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed sustainably, and biodiversity is protected, valued and restored in ways that enhance our society’s resilience. Our low-carbon growth has long been decoupled from resource use, setting the pace for a safe and sustainable global society.’
To participate in ‘Picture2050 – Living well, within the limits of our planet’, you may choose to depict a personal or a generic story, consisting of three photographs, depicting your vision, interpretation or understanding of ‘living well, within the limits of our planet in 2050’ along the three objectives of the 7EAP:
Please note that your submission must consist of three different photographs – one photograph per objective. More concretely, the first photograph should depict your view of what nature brings to our society (or to you); the second one your view of a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy, and third one your view of the links between the environment and human health and well-being.
You may find more information on natural capital; resource efficiency and environment and health on our website as well as in our report The European environment – state and outlook 2015 (SOER 2015).
Competition winners will receive a cash prize, and all entries may be promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe.
The winners will be awarded cash prizes of EUR 2000 for the 1st prize, EUR 1500 for the 2nd prize, EUR 1000 for the 3rd prize and EUR 500 for the Public Choice award and the Youth Prize.
The EEA will appoint a pre-selection committee consisting of communication and environment experts that will select 30-50 finalists, which will then be submitted to an external jury. The jury composed of environmental communication experts from across Europe will determine the winners, with the exception of the Public Choice Award.
For the Public Choice Award, the entries from the finalists put forward by the pre-selection committee will be open for a public vote 15 September – 15 October 2015.
The winners will be notified by email. Therefore it is crucial to provide correct contact information. The announcement of the winners will be made in October 2015.