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2009 winners

More than 1,200 photos were received from 79 countries around the world, from amateur and professional photographers ranging in age from 11 to 73 years old. The photos were organized into two categories – Biodiversity Lost, and Biodiversity Preserved – and were judged both on technical merit and on relevance to the theme of the competition. And the winners are...

biodiversity lost 

BL-1st-Prakesh Hatvalne-India BL-2nd-David Gilbert-USA BL-3rd-Mohammed Golam Sarower-Bangladesh BL-4th-Jessie Boylan Australia

first place:
Prakesh Hatvalne, India

second place:
David Gilbert, USA

third place:
Mohammed Sarower, Bangladesh

fourth place:
Jessie Boylan, Australia

biodiversity preserved

BP-1st-Ashok Nath Dey-India  BP-2nd-Priscilla Pompa-Mexico BP-3rd-tie-Pier Mario Zago-Italy BP-3rd-tie-Sudipto Das-India

first place:
Ashok Nath Dey, India 

second place:
Priscilla Pompa, Mexico

third place (tied):
Pier Mario Zago, Italy

third place (tied):
Sudipto Das, India




The judges for the competition were:

  • 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 photo journalist and author of "Hungry Planet: What The World Eats" (
  • Akintunde Akinleye, first-place winner World Press Photo 2007 in "Spot News" category, from Nigeria (
  • Daniel Beltrá, Seattle-based Spanish environmental and nature photography specialist and winner of the 2007 World Press Photo prize for his work on soy plantations and Amazon deforestation (
  • Indian photographer Shantanu Das, first-place winner of the 2008 Friends of the Earth International photo competition.
  • Isaac Rojas, Friends of the Earth Costa Rica
  • Kokou  Elorm Amegadzé and Ekue Assem, Friends of the Earth Togo
  • Shamila Ariffin, Friends of the Earth Malaysia
  • Danielle van Oijen, Friends of the Earth Netherlands

Friends of the Earth members from around the world also participated in the "popular choice" judging to choose the photos that fit best with their vision of a better future. Please visit the gallery of winners to see these choices!

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