Milan, Uherský Brod, Nicosia take top prizes in ‘My City’ photo competition

News Published 31 Oct 2016 Last modified 20 Feb 2017
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Photo: © Erika Zolli, My City /EEA
Photos taken in Milan (Italy), Uherský Brod (Czech Republic), Nicosia (Cyprus), have won the top three prizes in the European Environment Agency (EEA) photo competition which this year encouraged photographers to share moments captured in urban areas where they live, work, rest and play.

This year’s theme focused on ‘My City’ and aimed to raise awareness of environmental challenges cities face and how cities contribute to quality of life in Europe. Around 75 % of the European Union’s population live in urban areas. Cities provide Europeans many amenities as well as cultural, educational and 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.

Photographers across Europe – amateur and professional – were invited to share what their urban environment means for them. Participants could choose to depict a European city of their choice to tell a positive or negative story through their photos.

The winners of the three main categories

Leisure time in a city and the T2gE conference prize: Erika Zolli’s ‘Levitation’, a dreamlike picture of a woman floating in a park as autumn leaves fall around her, which was taken in Milan’s Sempione Park (above).

Getting around in a city: Daniel Kusák’s ‘Sunset around a bridge’, a colourful silhouette shot alongside a bridge by Uherský Brod’s railway station.

244, Sunset around bridge

Sustainable lifestyle in a city: Elena Georgiou’s ‘Burn calories not electricity’a bright portrayal of a man using the stairs in Nicosia.

747, Burn calories not electricity

Winners of the youth and public choice awards

Youth: Máté Ladjánski’s ‘Together’a dramatic snapshot of the ‘I like Budapest’ bike demonstration against using cars in the Hungarian capital.

933, Together

Public Choice Award: Viktória Speier’s ‘Sunrise ride’a photo of three friends catching the summer vibe around Lake Balaton, Tihany.

1078, Sunrise ride


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.

More background information on this year’s competition can be found here.


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