My City – photography competition

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What does urban environment mean to you? The European Environment Agency (EEA) has invited citizens to share moments captured in European cities in the ‘My City’ photography competition.

"My City" competition

Competition finalists

Submissions closed on 15 August 2016 and finalists have been selected. 

You can vote for your favourite entries in the public vote. You may choose from one to five photos and you can only vote once. The entry with the most votes will receive the Public Choice Award. 

Public voting will close on 15 October and the winners of all prizes, including the Public Choice Award, will be announced on this page at the end of October.

About the competition

Around 75% of population of the EU have chosen urban areas as their place to live. Europeans have adopted urban lifestyles and they use city amenities such as cultural, educational or health services. While cities are the engine of Europe’s economy and creators of European wealth, they depend heavily on resources of other regions to meet their demand for resources like energy, water, food, and to accommodate waste and emissions.

Environmental challenges and urbanisation opportunities are closely connected. Many cities struggle to cope with social, economic and environmental problems resulting from pressures such as overcrowding or decline, social inequity, pollution and traffic. On the other hand, the proximity of people, businesses and services provides opportunities to build a more resource-efficient Europe. Already, population density in cities means shorter journeys to work and services, and more walking, cycling or public transport use, while apartments in multi-family houses or blocks require less heating and less ground space per person. As a result, urban dwellers on average consume less energy and land per capita than do rural residents.

Finding the balance between density and compactness on one hand and quality of life in a healthy urban environment on the other is a major challenge for Europe’s urban areas.

My City photo competition invited European citizens to share what urban environment means to them. They could choose to depict a European city of their choice, tell a positive or a negative story through their submissions. Participants could focus on one of the following three categories:

  1. Sustainable lifestyle in a city
    How does my lifestyle impact the environment? Can I change my shopping list and eating habits to help combat climate change? A shower or a bath? Solar panels or a vegetable garden on my roof?
  2. Getting around in a city
    Do I cycle or drive? What is the quickest and most pleasant way to get to work or school? Do I enjoy the journey on public transport? 
  3. Leisure time in a city
    A stroll in the parks or a dive in the lake? Going to the theatre or for a run? What is the best way of experiencing my city? How do I spend my free time?

Competition winners will receive a cash prize, and all entries may be promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe.

Prizes

The winners will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 1000 in each category (Sustainable lifestyle in a city; Getting around in a city; Leisure time in a city), and EUR 500 for the Public Choice award and the Youth Prize.

The Youth Prize will be awarded to the winning entry, selected among those submitted by persons aged between 18 and 24 (born between calendar years 1992-1998) to any of the competition categories.

All the finalists will be put forward for the Public Choice Award and may also feature in future digital and print material from the EEA and its European partners.

The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with respective participants. However, each entrant grants the EEA and its partners the right to use the submitted materials in its environmental communication crediting the copyright owners.

Selection process

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 finalist entries put forward by the pre-selection committee will be open for a public vote 12 September – 15 October 2016.

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 2016.

T2gE conference prize

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Competition finalists were presented at the Transition to the Green Economy (T2gE) conference on 6-7 September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. T2gE conference participants voted for their favourite photos. The photo that received the most votes will be awarded a special prize from The Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU. The winner was announced in the closing session of the T2gE conference.

Timetable

Submissions open 15 April 2016
Submissions closed 15 August 2016
Public vote opens 12 September 2016
Public vote closes 15 October 2016
Winners announced          End of October 2016

Contact

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Geographic coverage

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
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Temporal coverage

2016

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