Photography competition

Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021: Climate Change

***Click here to see the winning and highly commended images in Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021***

National Parks have a key role to play in a green recovery. Landscapes feel the impact of climate change, but also have the 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: images which illustrate either the impact of climate change, or the role that National Parks in England and Wales can, and do, play in a green recovery. We want to use striking images to connect people with how the climate emergency affects National Parks and the work underway to address this.

Photo: Peatland restoration work in Peak District National Park by Moors for the Future Partnership

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

Campaign for National Parks' 2021 Photography Competition follows the release of our National Parks and the Climate Emergency report and comes ahead of COP26, due to take place in Glasgow in November. 

We have 3 categories for this year’s competition:

•    National Parks Climate Change Photography Competition main award (21 years+)
•    Young Photographer of the Year (under 21 years old)
•    People’s Choice Award: Best phone photograph

Competition opens on Monday 30 August 2021, and deadline for entries is 23:45 on Monday 4 October 2021.

The main award and Young Photographer winners will be selected by a judging panel which includes Pictire Editor of National Geographic Traveller UK Olly Puglisi, Editor of Digital Photographer magazine Lauren Scott, and esteemed National Parks photographer and former Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition winner Kieran Metcalfe.

Winners will see their photos featured in both Digital Photographer magazine and Campaign for National Parks’ Viewpoint magazine this autumn/winter and will receive a subscription to both, with the possibility of more mainstream press coverage (as in previous years).