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Photo Contest


As a way to raise awareness of our planet's ecosystem diversity and the role human beings play on this diversity, as well as promote their conservation, the RLE team has organized a biennial Photo Contest open to amateur photographers of all ages from around the world.

The first edition of this initiative, “Ecosystems of the World in pictures”, was launched in September 2012 prior to the official adoption of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria. This first photo contest brought together more than 30 photographs of ecosystems submitted by over 20 participants.

For the second edition of the contest, launched in July 2014, we went bigger thanks to the official support of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), through its Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP), and the Red List of Ecosystems Thematic Group. For this Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest, more than 50 photographers sent over 290 photographs representing the Wild Beauty and Changing World of ecosystems from all over the world. The general public voted through social media to select 40 finalists representing each of the world’s regions (Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) in each of the two categories. These photographs moved on to a second round in which a qualified jury selected three (3) overall winners (first, second, and third place) for each of the two categories.

All the photographs that classified in the first round were exhibited in the "Nature-Based Solutions" pavilion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, held in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014. Additionally, the overall winners chosen by the jury were announced at a special ceremony during this Congress.

We are happy to announce that the Third IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest - Ecosystems at the Crossroads is now open. We will be accepting submissions from March 31st to June 30th. The winners of the contest will be announced at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to be held in Hawai’i in September of this year.  

So, select your best photographs and submit them to the contest, and stay connected through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date with this initiative.

We also invite you to enjoy the finalist photographs from the previous edition of the contest in our Gallery section and all throughout our website. 

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems


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