Call for photographs in support of UNEP’s assessment work in the Pan European region

21st January 2016

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is looking for photographs that depict the relationship between society, economies and the environment both positively and negatively. UNEP is requesting submissions of photographs that respond to the following categories:
  • Healthy planet, healthy people
  • Biodiversity & nature conservation
  • Marine, coastal and oceans
  • Transport
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation
  • Sustainable lifestyles
  • Industry & manufacturing
  • Environmentally sound technologies
  • Land use change/urbanization
  • Social innovation for the environment
  • Freshwater, lakes and rivers
  • Renewable energy
  • Public participation in decision-making (environment)
  • Green cities
  • Air quality/pollution
  • Green Economy
  • Chemicals and wastes
  • Resource efficiency
  • Sustainable consumption & production

Selection of photographs

The selection of photographs for inclusion in the assessment will be made by UNEP in collaboration with the relevant experts responsible for the subject matter in the assessment or relevant publication. A variety of criteria will be used for the selection, including but not limited to:
• Relevance to the subject matter in the assessment or publication
• The significance of the photograph in portraying a message or story
• Geographical and thematic balance

Please note this is not a competition and there will be no awards made for the use of photographs.

Copyright & acknowledgements

The participant must be the photographer and have the full rights for the photograph. The copyright will remain with the entrant, however the entrant will grant unlimited use to UNEP to reproduce the photograph(s) in our publication and communication materials. All photographs used will be credited to the entrant who is the copyright owner.

General requirements

• Participants must be over 18 year of age
• Each participant can submit up to a maximum of 15 photographs in total
• Avoid brand names and/or advertisements
• The photographs are the work of the participant and the participant has the full rights to use the photographs
• Consent of all people that can be clearly recognized in the photographs must have been received by the owner
• The photographs cannot contain offensive or defamatory material

Photograph format and requirements

• Resolution: the image must be no less than 300 dpi
• Format: the image must be in “jpeg” format
• Please submit each file with the following file name format: FAMILY NAME_THEME_DATE OF SUBMISSION_LOCATION
• The submission of photographs should include the submission form (Annex 1) duly completed and signed


The call will run from 15 January to 1 March 2016. Entries must be accompanied with a completed submission form (Annex 1). Photographs and the submission form should be emailed using WeTransfer to Submissions in all official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) are welcome.


Should you have any queries please contact the UNEP secretariat at
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