The European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to capture the unsustainable consumption and production patterns that threaten our well-being as well as the promising sustainable alternatives that are being explored.

Every year, the EEA organises a photo competition to raise awareness on an environmental theme and invites Europeans to share their takes on it. This year’s photo competition “ZeroWaste PIX” is a call to reflect on the state of modern human civilization. Every photograph will raise awareness and inspire change, whether it is an image of factories spewing toxins, overflowing landfills, or a community garden bringing people together around a shared sense of purpose.

The competition will remain open between 3 July 2023 and 3 October 2023. See full timetable below.

Categories

Showcase your creativity as a photographer in one of the 4 competition categories

For inspiration and background information on the competition categories, please click below:

Selection process

30-50 finalists and 6 winners

  • The best photographs in each category will be selected by a pre-selection committee consisting of communication and environment experts appointed by the EEA. 
  • Finalist photos will then be submitted to an external jury composed of environmental communication experts from across Europe. The jury will determine the winners of all prizes except for the Public Choice Award.

  • For the Public Choice Award, the finalist entries put forward by the pre-selection committee will be open to a public vote from 24 October to 7 November 2023.
  • The winners of all prizes will be announced on 13 November 2023.

Prizes

4 X 1000 EUR
Best photo in
each category

500 EUR
Public Choice
award

500 EUR
Youth Prize
18 - 24 years

Eligibility criteria

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  • The competition is open to the citizens of the EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Türkiye; under the stabilisation and association agreements: North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • The photos must be taken in the countries mentioned above.

  • All participants must be 18 or older.

  • You must have full copyrights to the submitted material.

  • You may submit maximum 5 entries in the competition. Each entry will be handled separately so you need to fill out a new submission form for each entry.

  • By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.

Participate

Submit your entry

Take or create an original photo in electronic format (e.g.: .jpeg, .png, .tiff) with minimum resolution of 2000 pixels - preferably more than 4960 pixels - on the long side of the photo.

Support your photo with a title and an optional short description (maximum 1000 characters in English).

Submit your entry by 3 October 2023 23.59 (CEST).

Entry is free of charge. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.

The copyright of the photos submitted for this competition remains with the respective participants. However, each entrant grants the EEA and its partners the right to use the submitted photos in their digital and print material, crediting the copyright owners.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send us an email.

Timetable

  • Submissions opened: 3 July 2023
  • Submissions closed: 3 October 2023
  • Announcement of finalists: 24 October 2023
  • Public vote: 24 October - 7 November 2023
  • Announcement of winners: 13 November 2023