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our biodiversity, our lives photo competition and calendar

Friends of the Earth International ran our fourth annual photo competition in 2009 on the theme of "Our Biodiversity, Our Lives" to mark the occasion of the United Nations' International Year of Biodiversity in 2010.


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 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/COECOCeiba
  • Kokou Elorm Amegadzé and Ekue Assem, Friends of the Earth Togo
  • Shamila Ariffin, Friends of the Earth Malaysia/Sahabat Alam Malaysia
  • Danielle van Oijen, Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie


calendar-pic-09Our calendar for 2010, entitled 'Our Biodiversity, Our Lives', features 12 stunning photographs celebrating the planet's biodiversity and the people who are working to sustain it. The photographs cover a diverse range of subjects, from deforestation in Indonesia to tree planting in Guatemala, polluted waters in north India to marine conservation in the South. The calendar documents the problems but also highlights how communities are working together to find solutions.

The calendar is A4 in size (210 × 297 mm), is trilingual (English, French and Spanish) and is one of very few printed on 100% recycled post consumer paper.


The majority of the photographs for the calendar were taken by the winners of our 2009 photography competition.


View all the winning images and find out how you can take part in next year's competition.


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