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second annual friends of the earth international photo competition

thanks for your interest - the competition has now closed and no new entries can be accepted 


2007 theme: food and agriculture

Friends of the Earth International is excited to announce our second-ever photo competition. This international photo competition will gather photos from around the world on the theme of food and agriculture, and feature the best shots in our 2008 wall calendar and in an activist cookbook.


what kind of photos are we looking for?

We are looking for imaginative, striking photos related to food and agriculture around the world in the following categories. We have given some ideas for subjects within these themes, but please do use your imagination when submitting photos!

  1. people

Who feeds the world? Photos entered in this category should feature food producers around the planet: agriculturalists, fishers, livestock farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers, indigenous peoples, migrant workers, and so forth.


  1. nature’s bounty

Here we are looking for photos of the essential elements of food production and the final harvest: land, soil, seeds, and water, for example, as well as crops, livestock, fish, biodiversity, and so forth.


  1. markets

In this category we are looking for photos that capture the buying, selling, trading and exchanging of food in fora ranging from solidarity economies to local markets to supermarkets.


  1. cooking and eating

The preparation, cooking and enjoyment of food is central to every culture. Photos entered in this category should capture people eating food: traditional cuisine, gourmet dinners, fast food, and everything in between.


who can enter?

Our competition is open to everyone, and we particularly encourage young people, women, and people living in the developing world to enter.


when is the deadline for entries?

The deadline for entries is 15 June 2007.


who will judge the photos?

Our panel of judges will include:

  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand, world renowned aerial photographer of the planet's ecosystems (
  • Bangladeshi photographer G.M.B. Akash, first-place winner of last year’s photo competition and cover photographer of the 2007 calendar (
  • Peter Menzel, US photojournalist and author of “Hungry Planet: What The World Eats" (
  • Mariann Bassey, GMO Campaigner from Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
  • Dr. Juan Almendares, Director of Movimiento Madre Tierra/Friends of the Earth Honduras and member of the Friends of the Earth International Executive Committee.
  • Dinar Rani Setiawan, Food Campaigner from WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia.
  • Akintunde Akinleye, first-place winner World Press Photo 2007 in "Spot News" category, from Nigeria.
  • Nivia Silva, coordinator of the Landless Movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


what happens with the winning photos?

The judges will choose a total of 12 winning photographs (3 from each category), as well as one “popular choice” photo that will be selected by our member groups. The winning photos will be announced in early July, and will be featured in a full-sized 2008 calendar that will be released and widely distributed starting in September 2007.

Photos, both winning and non-winning, may also be published in our activist cookbook, due to be published in late 2007. Winning photographers will receive 3 complimentary copies of any publication in which their work is featured by post.

what are the rules for entry?

1. Entries must be received by 15 June 2007.

2. Entries should reflect the themes of food and agriculture.

3. For every photo you send, please mention the following:

    a) your name

    b) your e-mail

    c) your postal address

    d) your telephone number

    e) the place the photo was taken

    f) the date that the photo was taken

    g) a short caption (up to three sentences) for the photo that describes the image

    h) your age

    i) your gender

4. Please make sure to specify for the category for each photo submitted (maximum 3 per category).

5. You can e-mail your photos to or send them on cd. The size should be at least 1819 x 2598 pixels [154 x 220mm horizontal] at 300 dpi resolution, supplied in jpeg format, with a maximum file size of 10 MB.

6. You can also post your images. They should print out at 300 dpi, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, and be sent to: Ann Doherty, Friends of the Earth International, PO Box 19199, 1000 GD, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Please be aware that photos sent by post will not be returned.

7. By entering the contest, you give Friends of the Earth International the right to publish your photo in our 2008 calendar. Furthermore, we will assume that future credited use of your photos in Friends of the Earth publications is possible unless you specify otherwise.

8. We reserve the right to crop the images as we see fit.

9. Entries must be your own work.

10. Entries should not have won previous competitions, and should not have been published elsewhere.

11. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

12. By entering this competition you are accepting these rules and agree to be bound by them.

who we are?

Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 70 diverse national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With approximately 1.5 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

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