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Between July 25th and October 5th we received and published over 200 photographs of worldwide ecosystems that belong to two categories of participation (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems’ Facebook. Those who visited the facebook page during this time had the opportunity to vote for the photos of their choice, leading to a list of winners for the first round of competition. A total of 40 photographs of each of the world regions (Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) in each of the two categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) classified in this round:
The winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest will be notified on October 31st 2014
On October 31st 2014 (Caracas (UTC/GMT -4:30 h), the winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest will be announced by email and publicly announced through the social networks (Facebook and Twitter). Chosen participants will have the opportunity to move on to the second round of the contest in which a qualified jury will choose three (3) overall winners (first, second, and third place) for each of the contest categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World). Furthermore, an (1) additional winner will be chosen by the assistants to the exhibition of the photos that qualified in the first round at the “Nature Based Solutions” pavillion during the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held at Sydney, Australia from November 12th to 19th 2014. The competition winners will be announced in the “Nature-Based Solutions” pavillion on November 18th, and also through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Thanks to all the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest participants!
Thank you to everyone that sent their photos for the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest! The registration period has officially closed. We are thrilled to announce that more than 200 photos, of ecosystems from all around the world, are participating. All submitted photos are now available in the contest’s album on Facebook, in its two categories, so we invite everyone to vote massively this week. The opportunity to choose your favorite photos will close at the end of the week, according to the geographic region, as follows:
Ecosystems are everything around us, habitat, flora and fauna, including the interactions between them. They are all the areas that never fail to surprise us and take our breath away, and that can be so varied, unique and impressive as the Tepuis of La Gran Sabana in Venezuela, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or the Himalayas in Asia. Every time that we have the chance to climb a mountain, walk an esplanade, go to a beautiful beach, or be in any other environment that shows little human intervention, we feel like we are in the middle of paradise. But perhaps it is more common for us to frequent environments where human intervention plays a key role and is part of the surroundings, even from ancient times, as in Tikal in Guatemala, Machu Picchu in Peru or any European cultural landscape. In many cases, human intervention can completely change the ecosystem, degrading it, threatening the biodiversity present in it or driving it to collapse, as occurred in the Aral Sea, in Central Asia. As a way to raise awareness of our planet's ecosystem diversity, and the role human beings play on this diversity, we invite you to document and share with us images from the ecosystems where you live or have visited, by participating in the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest. If you are not a professional photographer, no worries! You do not have to be one to participate! Just go to your favorite landscape, take a picture and send it to us through [email protected] or through [email protected] Registration and reception of photographs will start on Friday July 25th and finish on Sunday October 5th of 2014. You can participate in any of these two categories: Wild Beauty, where ecosystems are displayed without visible human intervention, and The Changing World, in the case of ecosystems that show a human impact, either positive or negative. The photos that receive the highest number of "Likes" via our Facebook page will be evaluated by a jury, which will select the winning photos for each category.