Nikon partners with CIWEM and WaterBear to present the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – July 19th, 2022: Nikon is pleased to announce its partnership with environmental and water management charity CIWEM, and free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet, WaterBear, to find the 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year. Now in its 15th year, the annual competition aims spotlight the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world and provide an international platform to raise awareness of environmental issues that puts the planet at risk.

The competition is open until 31st August 2022 and is free to enter for all ages. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to submit their most aspirational, emotive, and captivating environmental work.

The Environmental Photographer of the Year winner will receive a £5,000 cash prize, as well as an interview in CIWEM’s Environment Magazine, a profile on WaterBear’s website, and a feature on Nikon Europe’s website.

Nikon’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year award showcases the best environmental photography through the lens of young photographers aged 21 and under. The winner will receive a Z Series mirrorless camera and two NIKKOR Z lenses of their choosing.

This year’s competition also features four award categories, with participants competing for £1,000 cash prizes in the following:

  ● The “Vision of the Future” award for inspiring or thought-provoking interpretations of our environment of the future as told through the photographer’s lens
  ● The “Recovering Nature” award for images that show nature’s ability to recover and for examples of innovative nature-based solutions and conservation initiatives that are bringing nature back from the brink
  ● The “Keeping 1.5 Alive” award for action-focused photography that highlights the urgency of curbing global warming
  ● The “Adapting for Tomorrow” award for images that show how communities and nature are finding a way to live with the effects of our changing environment

Stefan Maier, General Manager Marketing, Nikon Europe comments: “Integral to our brand's purpose is empowering photographers and videographers to realise their creative vision and illuminate the ineffable. Nikon has been at the heart of many of the most important stories told over the course of the last century, and with climate change and environmental protection being amongst the most important stories of our time, we are delighted to be able to support this incredible award alongside CIWEM and WaterBear”.

Also commenting on the awards, Terry Fuller, Chief Executive, CIWEM: “It is important to showcase the interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort needed from all sectors of society to address the defining issues of our time. There is no more powerful way to do this than through the universal language of photography. CIWEM is committed to ensuring that the 2022 EPOTY competition challenges and inspires those in front of and behind the lens”. 

Sam Sutaria, VP of Strategy and Development, WaterBear: “WaterBear is proud to be partnering with CIWEM and Nikon Europe for a second year, to further shine a spotlight on environmental stories through the lens of talented photographers. The photography industry has changed considerably over the last decade, but telling a great story is still the number one criteria for a winning photograph that will capture the hearts and minds of audiences across the world.” 

To learn more and to enter the competition, visit www.epoty.org. Entries close on 31st August 2022 and winners will be announced on 24th November 2022.

For more information contact: epoty@newsfeedpr.co.uk

About Nikon

Nikon is a world-leading provider of imaging products and services. Its innovative optics technology - from consumer and professional cameras to lenses, system accessories, and sport and recreational optics - is powered by over 100 years of experience. The brand is globally recognised for setting new standards in design and performance, with Nikon’s revolutionary Z series mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses representing a new dimension of optical performance. Nikon is committed to leading imaging culture and enables some of the world’s best visual artists to reach their creative potential through visual storytelling. For more information about Nikon’s award-winning products please visit www.europe-nikon.com.


The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is a Royal Chartered independent professional body and a registered charity in the United Kingdom working internationally to advance the practice of water and environmental management. CIWEM represents a community of 30,000 professionals with a shared vision for a safe and sustainable world. For more information, visit www.ciwem.org.

About WaterBear

WaterBear is a ground-breaking streaming platform showcasing award-winning documentaries as well as original content - spanning biodiversity, community, climate action and sustainable fashion. WaterBear members can stream video at any time, and on any device, all for free, as well as take direct instant action to support NGOs around the world and shape a better future for our fragile planet. For more information about WaterBear and to sign up, please visit: www.waterbear.com.