Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 31ˢᵗ March 2021: Nikon has partnered with CIWEM and WaterBear to launch the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition – with entries now open. Celebrating its 14th year, the annual awards showcase the very best in environmental photography – from the impact humans have on the planet to those inspiring sustainable living.

The competition provides an international platform to raise awareness of the environmental issues that put our planet at risk. Both professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to submit their creative, resonant and thought-provoking imagery to be in with a chance of winning an award, a cash prize or a stunning prize package consisting of Nikon Z series equipment*. It’s free to enter and features eight categories – including the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 accolade.

The winning photographs will form part of an exclusive exhibition at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021 (COP26). The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 exhibition will also tour internationally with Nikon Europe, CIWEM and WaterBear.

Julian Harvie, Head of Marketing for Nikon Northern Europe comments: “In the hands of the world's greatest photographers, Nikon has been at the heart of many of the most important stories told over the last century. Empowering photographers and videographers to seek out those moments, realise their creative vision and illuminate the ineffable has long been central to our brand's purpose. Climate change and the protection of our environment are among the most important stories of our time. We are delighted to support this incredible award alongside CIWEM and WaterBear, reaffirming the power of photography to change the world.”

To learn more and enter The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition visit: http://epoty.org/  Entries close on 31ˢᵗ July 2021 and winners will be announced at COP26 in November 2021.

About Nikon

Nikon is a world-leading provider of imaging products and services. Its innovative optics technology – from consumer to professional cameras, lenses to system accessories – is powered by over 100 years of experience. The brand is globally recognised for setting new standards in design and performance, with Nikon’s revolutionary Z series mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses representing a new dimension of optical performance.

Nikon is committed to leading imaging culture and enables some of the world’s best visual artists to reach their creative potential through visual storytelling. Its award-winning equipment empowers photographers and videographers to realise their creative vision at the highest level.

As a trusted visionary partner, it unites all levels of content creators through its engaged community, unrivalled technical expertise and access to educational resources, via initiatives such as The Nikon School.

About WaterBear

WaterBear is the first network of its kind: a free interactive video and digital platform dedicated to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It does this through inspirational content, cutting-edge technology that facilitates action, and through its global network of partners. It uniquely empowers the viewer to take direct instant action to support NGOs around the world and shape a better future for our fragile planet.

Go to: https://waterbear.com or download from App Store or Google Play


The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is a Royal Chartered independent professional body and a registered charity in the United Kingdom working internationally to advance the practice of water and environmental management. CIWEM represents a community of 30,000 professionals with a shared vision for a safe and sustainable world. For more information, visit www.ciwem.org.

*The specific equipment gifted as a prize package will be chosen by Nikon. The 1 x prize package consists of the following: one Nikon Z 7II camera body, one NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, one NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and one NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S.