June 1st, 2007 – Friends of the Earth International today announced two additional judges for its annual photo competition, which will gather photos on the theme of food & agriculture from around the globe.

June 15 is deadline for food & agriculture photo competition

The two news judges are Nivia Silva, coordinator of the Landless Movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Akintunde Akinleye, first-place winner World Press Photo 2007 in “Spot News” category, from Nigeria.

The best shots will feature in a Friends of the Earth International 2008 wall calendar and in a cookbook.

We are looking for imaginative, striking photos related to food and agriculture around the world in the following categories:

1) people
2) nature’s bounty
3) markets
4) cooking and eating

Our global photo competition is free of charge, and both professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit photos. We particularly encourage young people, women and people living in the developing world to take part.

The deadline for entries is 15 June 2007.

The judges for this year’s competition include:

  1. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, world renowned aerial photographer of the planet’s ecosystems [1]
  2. Bangladeshi photographer G.M.B. Akash, first-place winner of last year’s Friends of the Earth International photo competition and cover photographer of the 2007 calendar [2]
  3. Peter Menzel, US photojournalist and author of “Hungry Planet: What The World Eats” [3].

Friends of the Earth International is the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 69 diverse national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent, and totalling 1.5 million members and supporters around the world.


[1] For more information on Yann Arthus-Bertrand, visit www.yannarthusbertrand.org

[2] For more information on G.M.B. Akash, visit www.gmb-akash.com

[3] For more information on Peter Menzel, visit www.menzelphoto.com