Voting Ends 1/31/2022 at 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time

CEFF International Environmental Photography Contest and Exhibition

Welcome to the 2022 CEFF International Environmental Photography Contest and Exhibition
Each year our contest seeks creative photographic images ranging in style and technique from traditional to avant-garde, symbolizing the many different world communities that need to come together to overcome today's daunting environmental challenges. Images selected for prizes and exhibition successfully educate, motivate, or passionately move audiences to engage in preserving our environment!


Win Valuable Prizes and Gain Exposure for Your Work
In addition to valuable prizes awarded to the best photograph in each category (plus the Grand Prize and People's Choice award), images are seen by regional, national, and international audiences of collectors, curators, writers, and others from the environmental community. We strive to give winners and selected finalists numerous opportunities to be recognized for their accomplishments by showcasing their work in a variety of locations and publications.

Winning images will be exhibited at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado; featured on our website and social media; and promoted through press releases and partner publications.

In our continuing partnership with the Denver Theatre District, select winning and finalist images (those that will display the best in this unique format) will be projected on the Daniels & Fisher Tower in Downtown Denver as a part of Night Lights Denver during February of 2022.

These unique opportunities give photographers extraordinary exposure, help to spread our powerful message, and significantly expand our audience.


How it Works
Set up an account and submit your photos to the competition between 12:00:00 AM (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and 11:59:59 PM (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Photos have to be entered one at a time for an entry fee of $5 each, but there is no limit to the number of images or categories you may enter in the contest. Photographers retain ownership of their images and grant a license for use in contest related publication and promotion. Please read our official rules for image sizing requirements and conditions of entering the contest.


Professional Judge Selections:
Photo entries for all categories are judged independently by a professional photographer who chooses Category Winners and the single best image for the Grand Prize. Photographs will be judged on overall impact, creativity, composition, and technical excellence. Photographs can be presented as captured or dramatically altered using computer software. (Online voting has no impact on the judge's decisions.)


People's Choice Award:
Encourage your friends and family to vote for their favorite image. Votes are purchased for $1 each which helps us raise revenue to support our programs and ensures that the votes you do receive are truly meaningful. (Voting fees may be tax deductible. Be sure to check with your accountant.)

The image with the highest number of online votes wins the People's Choice Award.


Prizes & Recognition:
The winning images will automatically be included in the Exhibition, and other recognition and publication opportunities. The highest scoring images from both the professional judge and the public voting will be selected, on a case by case basis, for inclusion or publication based on the availability of space for each opportunity. For example, the Exhibition includes 26 images total (The 8 Winning images, 6 images with highest number of online votes - one per category, and 12 additional images selected by the judge)

All Contest Entrants will receive a Virtual Gift Bag with content and/or special offers from our Partners and Sponsors.

Please see our rules and prizes page for all the categories and details.


Your Entry and Voting Fees Help to Support our Important Mission
Festival Operations
Facility rentals, awards receptions, signage, advertising and now because of the pandemic, brand new online platforms are all essential components that help us reach new audiences and attract award winning filmmakers, photographers, and directors to our annual festival.


Filmmaker and Photographer Support
Award programs for both filmmakers and still photographers recognize the outstanding achievements of established and emerging talent providing recognition, sales avenues, marketing assistance, and other forms of artist support.


Community Outreach and Education
Through interactive environmental education programs, partnerships with other non-profits and eco-friendly businesses, volunteer opportunities, and touring events, we inspire audiences into awareness and action. Additionally, we provide free participation opportunities to qualifying, under privileged individuals from our local communities as well as developing countries.


Youth Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded to promising young students in order to inspire and support the next generation as they explore their interest in film, photography, and the environment.
Questions? Contact Cheryl Opperman at photocontest@ceff.net or 303-829-9453

Leaderboard

1st
Still Bloomin'
66 Votes
2nd
Morning Grooming
50 Votes
3rd
Natural Symmetry
36 Votes
4th
Ruby
30 Votes
5th
Through the dying swamp
30 Votes
6th
Elk bull with grass on antlers during rut
25 Votes
7th
Old Friends
25 Votes
8th
The Fox and the Rabbit
25 Votes
9th
Great Horned Owl
20 Votes
10th
Tatanka
20 Votes
11th
Guard Duty
20 Votes
12th
Otter vs. Coyote
15 Votes
13th
Golden Sunrise
15 Votes
14th
The King
15 Votes

Landscape

1st
Old Friends
25 Votes
2nd
Golden Sunrise
15 Votes
3rd
Bailey
10 Votes
4th
Untitled
10 Votes
5th
Blustery Morning
10 Votes
6th
Longs Peak Reflection
10 Votes
7th
Alstrom Point at Night
10 Votes
8th
Colorful Cold in Hamnoy
10 Votes
9th
Lewis River in the Fall
10 Votes
10th
Monument Cove
10 Votes
11th
Lincoln City Beach
10 Votes
12th
Storm Clouds over Dry Alkali Lake
10 Votes
13th
Autumn Leaves UK
5 Votes
14th
Purple Sea
1 Votes

Wildlife

1st
Morning Grooming
50 Votes
2nd
Ruby
30 Votes
3rd
Elk bull with grass on antlers during rut
25 Votes
4th
The Fox and the Rabbit
25 Votes
5th
Great Horned Owl
20 Votes
6th
Tatanka
20 Votes
7th
Guard Duty
20 Votes
8th
Otter vs. Coyote
15 Votes
9th
The King
15 Votes
10th
Morning Spar
15 Votes
11th
Soul Connection
10 Votes
12th
Watchful elk mom with calf day care
10 Votes
13th
Mirror, Mirror
10 Votes
14th
Guardian Angels
10 Votes

Indigenous Cultures

1st
Brokpa Festival Dancer
10 Votes
2nd
Women's Fire in the Morning
0 Votes
3rd
N'Oye, Hadzabe Hunter
0 Votes
4th
Hadzabe Houses
0 Votes
5th
Hadzabe Education
0 Votes
6th
Luo Tribesman
0 Votes
7th
Papua New Guinea Initiation
0 Votes
8th
Child's Play
0 Votes
9th
Initiating Boys into the Spirit House
0 Votes
10th
A child of the GAP
0 Votes
11th
Sunny Day
0 Votes
12th
Drying incense
0 Votes
13th
Energy of Youth
0 Votes
14th
Grandma Divers 1
0 Votes

Environmental Impact

1st
Still Bloomin'
66 Votes
2nd
Through the dying swamp
30 Votes
3rd
Nature in Peril: Burning Nature
15 Votes
4th
Voice of the Forest
15 Votes
5th
Morning Sun in Glacier Ice Cave
10 Votes
6th
Only the Strong Survive
10 Votes
7th
Amurdarya River
5 Votes
8th
Aging Gracefully
0 Votes
9th
Among the Ancients
0 Votes
10th
The Trees of Life
0 Votes
11th
Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins
0 Votes
12th
Dead Sea Dying [1]
0 Votes
13th
Dead Sea Dying [2]
0 Votes
14th
Dead Sea Dying [3]
0 Votes

Patterns/Abstracts

1st
Natural Symmetry
36 Votes
2nd
Banksia buds
10 Votes
3rd
Okavango River from Above
10 Votes
4th
Snow on Sand
10 Votes
5th
Chill
10 Votes
6th
Multifariousness
5 Votes
7th
Wild Green
0 Votes
8th
Skunk Cabbage
0 Votes
9th
Cirrus Sunset
0 Votes
10th
Mist and Shadow
0 Votes
11th
Backlit Autumn Reeds
0 Votes
12th
Small Wonders
0 Votes
13th
Light and Dark in Yellowstone
0 Votes
14th
Lichen on Rock
0 Votes

Youth

1st
The Throne
0 Votes
2nd
The descent
0 Votes
3rd
Interstellar
0 Votes
4th
The Catch
0 Votes
5th
Outlines
0 Votes
6th
Alien and the UFO
0 Votes
7th
Life on the Road
0 Votes
8th
The charcoal art
0 Votes
9th
In its own canvas
0 Votes
10th
Goosescape
0 Votes
11th
"Mercury Basin"
0 Votes
12th
Squirrel
0 Votes
13th
Qasim Fort Multan
0 Votes
14th
Chicks
0 Votes

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