Europeans can still be proud of the rich biodiversity the old continent is hosting, let it be the beaver, the kingfisher, the pasque flower or the pannonic sand steppes with gentle slopes. We enjoy their beauty, use the benefits they provide, and take the responsibility for their protection for future generations. In the European Union, this is ensured through the Habitats Directive (together with the Birds Directive), and its network of Natura 2000 sites. Altogether they protect over 1.000 animals and plant species and over 200 so called “habitat types” (e.g. special types of forests, meadows, wetlands, etc.) covering about 18% of landmass of the EU.
CEEweb for Biodiversity celebrates the Habitats Directive’s 20th anniversary to show the values of European biodiversity by organizing a photo competition together with Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and with the support of its members: BROZ – Regional Association for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, Ecological Movement of Macedonia, Environmental Organization Rhodope, Naturalists Club Poland, Macedonian Ecological Society and Nimfea Nature Conservation Association, in the following two categories:
1. Natura 2000 species and habitats – our natural heritage to guard – Show the beauty of our natural inheritance and take picture of one of the habitats types or species within the Natura 2000 network.
2. Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival – how do we benefit from nature? Natura 2000 network provides several benefits to people from recreation through agricultural products to protection from natural disasters.
So if you are a nature-friend, a hiker, a photo-geek or simply someone, who enjoys one or many of the services nature provides, dust off your camera, go out and get some nice shots related to Natura 2000. The received and selected photos will be screened during the II. International Green-Go Short Film Festival in a movie theatre in Budapest and will be uploaded to an online gallery of CEEweb.
The received photos will be evaluated based on: Natura 2000 content Creativity Originality Strength of environmental and conservation messages Professionalism in each category according to the category-specific jury consisting of a professional photographer and a conservationist.
Contest Prize & TERMS
First place in the Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival: A day in the famous – UNESCO world Heritage Site – Hortobágy National Park and Bird Park with a highly experienced local guide to explore the picturesque “puszta” and other magnificent features what the park can offer.
Public award winners of the two categories: Dedicated conservation and nature albums
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
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USAGE RIGHTS: The applicants by submitting her/his entries automatically accept the terms and conditions also granting the rights for the organizers to use their entries free of charge on their webpage and free printed or online materials indicating the name of the photographer and the title of the picture. In these cases, the applicant cannot pursue any charges or demands in relation to the copyright.
The organizers cannot disseminate the photos for profit-gaining reason. The organizers cannot make any significant alterations of the entries without the permission of the applicant.