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Campaign For National Parks Photography Competition 2021 – Documenting Climate Change

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Sunset along Stanage Edge © Kieran Metcalfe
Sunset along Stanage Edge © Kieran Metcalfe

Following on from the release of our National Parks and the Climate Emergency report this summer, and as we prepare for COP26 in Scotland in November, we wanted to use our annual photography competition as an opportunity to further move people to understand the climate crisis impacting our National Parks and take action to help protect them.

“We want people to really think about the impact of climate change in our National Parks, while showcasing the immense photography talent we know exists in National Parks up and down England and Wales,” said CNP’s Chief Executive Anita Konrad. “Not just established photographers, but the next generation – and those who may not have SLR cameras, but enjoy taking photos on their smartphone.”

The competition, which is now open for entries, includes three categories:

  • Campaign for National Parks Photographer of the Year (21 years+)
  • Young Photographer of the Year (under 21 years old)
  • People’s Choice Award: Best Phone Photograph
Winner - Osprey in the Cairngorms © Peter Stevens
Winner - Osprey in the Cairngorms © Peter Stevens

The documenting climate change theme for the 2021 Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition, run in partnership with Digital Photographer Magazine, is designed to attract images of both the impact of climate change in National Parks, but also the innovative solutions underway too.

From nature recovery projects including tree planting, peatland restoration and reintroducing species to the wild; to innovative measures such as renewable energy and sustainable transport, particularly ones which are well-suited to the sensitive landscape in National Parks, there are stories to be told of climate change with means of great photography.

Anita added: “National Parks have a key role to play in a green recovery. Landscapes feel the impact of climate change, but also have huge potential to mitigate against these changes - benefitting nature, people and climate. This year's climate change theme for the photography competition looks at exactly this. We want to use striking images to connect people with how the climate emergency affects National Parks and the work underway to address this.

Peatland restoration in cheviots by Northumberland National Park Authority
Peatland restoration in cheviots by Northumberland National Park Authority

“We are particularly keen to see images which really show how our National Parks have been impacted by climate change,” said Anita, “They're not always the prettiest scenes to look at, so it’s not something we see shared by many photographers, but photographs have such inherent power to move people – to shine a light on issues which really matter and to lead to behaviour change.”

Winners will be chosen by a judging panel, apart from the People’s Choice Award which will be voted for by the public, and will see their photographs published in Digital Photographer Magazine, CNP’s Viewpoint Magazine with a good chance of coverage in other publications. The judging panel includes Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine Lauren Scott and established National Parks Photographer Kieran Metcalfe.

Kieran won CNP’s 2019 photography competition with his incredible photograph of sunset on Stanage Edge in Peak District National Park. 

The competition is open to photographers of all ages and levels of experience. Black and white images and colour photos are accepted, as is film and digital photos – although film must be scanned and submitted digitally via the online form. Deadline for entries is 1 October 2021.

For more details or to enter, please see: www.cnp.org.uk/photography-competition

Check back in October to see the winners once announced.

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