Changing our ways: GLF Photo Competition

Show us how people across the globe are tackling climate change

The competition is now closed. See the winner here.

Share your best photographs to show us the changes you observe. Capture how people, communities and businesses are making a difference by switching their habits to tackle climate change.

Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is headed to Kyoto where hundreds of international experts will explore how to win the race against global warming and build a climate-smart future. Challenging business-as-usual activities involves developing a roadmap to shift policies, industries and habits onto a sustainable trajectory. GLF and partners aim to inspire a global movement to get on track and showcase how changes are already happening across countries and landscapes. We are calling on you to fuel that inspiration through your photos.

Share your best photographs to show us the changes you observe. Capture how people, communities and businesses are making a difference by switching their habits to tackle climate change. We want to see innovative recycling, biodiversity conservation, food production, manufacturing and transportation initiatives. We are interested in transformative diets and lifestyles, plastic use and trade and supply chains, making the fashion industry sustainable and more.


  • The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and receive global visibility across GLF digital and social media channels.
  • We will showcase the winning photos at GLF Kyoto 2019 giving them high visibility to a global audience on-site and online.
  • Winning photographs will be included in the GLF photo archive for use on stories and other GLF publications with credit.


The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, whether you are a photo enthusiast or a professional photographer.

Make sure you read and agree to the Terms and Conditions below.

We will email all published entries when their submissions go online and are available for voting.

Applications open: March 6

Applications close: March 22

Public voting: March 26 – April 10 at midnight (GMT -11 Alofi, Nuie)

Winners announced: April 12

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 can submit photos to the competition. We are looking for perspectives on climate action from around the world.


Finalist photos will be featured and shared across GLF platforms and products. The most popular photos after public voting will be featured at GLF Kyoto, with the winning photo receiving $500 as a prize.

Evaluation process

A panel of judges selected by GLF (to be announced) will select up to 25 photos from all eligible submissions received during the competition period. Please note that while one person can submit more than one photo, any single contributor can have just one finalist photo. Finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Creativity (30%)
Photographic quality (30%)
Composition (30%)
Execution of theme (10%)

On March 26, the finalist photos will be published on GLF platforms and the public will have the opportunity to vote the photos they like best. The submission that receives the highest number of votes during the voting period will be deemed the Grand Prize winner, subject to verification and compliance with these official rules. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on April 12, 2019 on the GLF website and social media channels. All finalists will have their images featured on GLF platforms.

How to submit your tip?

Upload your photo via the submission form.

The submission is closed.

Terms and conditions

Contributors must be 18 years old or older to submit a photo. The photo must be original and owned by the contributor. By submitting photos to the competition, the contributor agrees to a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial share-alike license (BY-NC-SA).

Competition organizers reserve the right to use photos submitted through the competition for GLF materials and exhibitions during Forum events. Contributors will be given proper credit when the organizers publish or use their pictures. Contributors do not have permission to use the photos they submitted for commercial purposes.

Contributors who work for the media are required to attach an authorization signed by a representative of the media company employing them. This authorization should state that the organizers of the contest have permission to publish the author’s piece from the media outlet in which the photo originally appeared. Please attach your authorization (if applicable) in the submission form.

The GLF reserves the right to disqualify contestants in the case of suspicious activity throughout the voting period. Fraudulent activities will be monitored and will lead to exclusion.