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CEFF International Environmental Photography Contest and Exhibition

Welcome to the 2021 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; displayed at a high profile location in Downtown Denver that is free to the public; featured on our website and social media; and promoted through press releases and partner publications, with more recognition opportunities to be announced.

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 September 29, 2020 and January 10, 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 full of content and 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
Inquisitive
325 Votes
2nd
A Tale Of Silence And Fire
318 Votes
3rd
On the Edge
263 Votes
4th
STARRY NIGHT WITH SHOOTING STAR
198 Votes
5th
Plant Some Hearts
139 Votes
6th
"Keeping Guard"
110 Votes
7th
Wild Goose Island
105 Votes
8th
Dead fish rising
50 Votes
9th
Desert at Night
45 Votes
10th
What Lies Beneath?
40 Votes
11th
Standing Tall
37 Votes
12th
The Lost Run
35 Votes
13th
Hummingbird Two
34 Votes
14th
Rhododendrons amongst the Redwoods
32 Votes

Landscape

1st
A Tale Of Silence And Fire
318 Votes
2nd
STARRY NIGHT WITH SHOOTING STAR
198 Votes
3rd
Wild Goose Island
105 Votes
4th
Desert at Night
45 Votes
5th
Rhododendrons amongst the Redwoods
32 Votes
6th
Moonset
27 Votes
7th
Distant Range
25 Votes
8th
Minerals Glow through an Autumn Waterfall
25 Votes
9th
Falling over clouds
23 Votes
10th
Day is Done, Gone the Sun
20 Votes
11th
Clouds No. 3
20 Votes
12th
Logan Pass
17 Votes
13th
Delicate Arch
15 Votes
14th
Cosmic Calm
10 Votes

Wildlife

1st
On the Edge
263 Votes
2nd
"Keeping Guard"
110 Votes
3rd
Standing Tall
37 Votes
4th
The Lost Run
35 Votes
5th
Hummingbird Two
34 Votes
6th
Going out to give life
31 Votes
7th
Endangered Endemic
30 Votes
8th
Kestrel First Day Out
30 Votes
9th
Leopard
30 Votes
10th
Kenyan Elephant Family
25 Votes
11th
Kestrel Yoga
25 Votes
12th
Swallowtail On Pine Tree
25 Votes
13th
The Kiss
22 Votes
14th
Madonna con Bambino
20 Votes

Indigenous Cultures

1st
Maasai Women of Tanzania
25 Votes
2nd
The Amhara kids
20 Votes
3rd
Fixing Nets
11 Votes
4th
Lakota Proud
10 Votes
5th
Hoop Dancing
10 Votes
6th
Hidden...In Plain Sight.
10 Votes
7th
Hooping It Up.
10 Votes
8th
Hard Worker
10 Votes
9th
Fresh mud in hand
6 Votes
10th
Life in Halong Bay
5 Votes
11th
Art is Universal
2 Votes
12th
Dream BIG
2 Votes
13th
Smile of Brazilian Guarani Resistance
1 Votes
14th
Hand made roof
1 Votes

Environmental Impact

1st
Plant Some Hearts
139 Votes
2nd
Dead fish rising
50 Votes
3rd
What Lies Beneath?
40 Votes
4th
Pollution at sunset
30 Votes
5th
The Glacier that is Melting
27 Votes
6th
We Can All At Least Try To Help
25 Votes
7th
Smokin' Hot
13 Votes
8th
The Irony of Distant Fires
10 Votes
9th
Goose Barnacle crustaceans attached to an old tree wash up on West Wales coastline
10 Votes
10th
Controlled Burn
10 Votes
11th
En Serio?
10 Votes
12th
Ayudaaaa!!
10 Votes
13th
Ya voy yo!!
10 Votes
14th
Smoke on the horizon
10 Votes

Patterns/Abstracts

1st
Presence
31 Votes
2nd
Small World
25 Votes
3rd
SAND DUNE ART - THE SHAPE OF WIND
18 Votes
4th
Heads or Tails
15 Votes
5th
“Layers”
10 Votes
6th
Lichen1, 2, 3.
10 Votes
7th
Lichen4
10 Votes
8th
AERIAL DUNE ART
10 Votes
9th
AERIAL SAND DUNE ART
10 Votes
10th
Harvest from above
10 Votes
11th
Goldrush
10 Votes
12th
Camouflage
10 Votes
13th
Geometric
10 Votes
14th
Mandala with Maple Samaras
10 Votes

Youth

1st
Inquisitive
325 Votes
2nd
dawn lake
25 Votes
3rd
Ghostly Way
5 Votes
4th
Optimistic
2 Votes
5th
Now you hear me roar
0 Votes
6th
Peek-a-boo
0 Votes
7th
Sweet delight
0 Votes
8th
Magpie sitting on an old wooden fence
0 Votes
9th
Pheonix
0 Votes
10th
Rainbow in the Flume Gorge
0 Votes
11th
Fire ants' pose
0 Votes
12th
Moth at rest during day time
0 Votes
13th
Pinecone Delight
0 Votes
14th
Young garden frog
0 Votes

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