All you need to know to participate in our photo competitions.

How to enter?

  • Take or create an original photo (long side at least 2000px, preferably more than 4960px) supported by a short text and following the guidelines in the Competition rules.
  • Submit your entry through the online submission form.
  • Entry is free of charge. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.

General rules

  • Citizens of the following countries are eligible to enter the competition: EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey; under the stabilisation and association agreements: North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The photos must be taken in one of the countries listed above.
  • All participants must be 18 or older.
  • You must have full copyrights to the submitted material, including the full copyright of the original photo taken should the submission consist of additional visual work or elements. By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions. One entrant may submit a defined maximum of entries in the competition (cfr. relevant competition). As each entry will be handled separately, you need to fill out the online submission form for each entry if you chose to submit more than one entry.
  • Competition submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services, or any obscene, violent, racist or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified.
  • Photos should comply with the manipulation rules set out in the Terms and Conditions (article 14).
  • Submissions may also not be accepted into the contest if the image in the entry features an identifiable individual who has not given their consent to appear or if the image features advertising or trademarks, which would otherwise require the EEA to obtain permission to use.

Technical requirements

  • Submissions must contain one photograph and accompanying text.
  • Photo: In electronic format (e.g.: .jpeg, .png, .tiff), minimum resolution of 2000 pixels -- preferably more than 4960 pixels -- on the long side of the photograph.
  • Text: Short title and a text of maximum 1000 characters in English

Judging criteria

The judges will look for a creative, engaging and inspiring submission. Your entry will be judged on:

  • Relevance of your entry to the competition topic
  • Creativity expressed
  • Technical ability
  • Persuasiveness of the entry

The organisers and judges reserve the right to remove any entries from the competition that they feel may breach any of the Competition rules, the Terms and Conditions or may bring the competition into disrepute. Such entries will be disqualified.

Prizes and notification of winners

  • The winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize.
  • A Youth Prize will be awarded to the winning entry, selected among those submitted by persons aged between 18 and 24 to any of the competition categories. The winner will be awarded a cash prize.
  • All 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 Public Choice Award winner will be awarded a cash prize.
  • The winners will be notified by email therefore please make sure that you provide correct contact information in the submission form. The official announcement of the winners will follow soon afterwards.


The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with the 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.

Confidentiality and protection of personal data

The personal data you provide in the submission form of the EEA outreach competition is processed in accordance with regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament (OJ L 295/39 of 21.11.2018) and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. No personal data is shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes. For further detailed information please refer to the competition Specific Privacy Statement.

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