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International Environmental Photo Contest Adds Underwater Category

Scuba diving underwater photographerThree-quarters of the world’s surface is water and almost half of the world’s population lives on or close to a coastline, but to many the wonders of the underwater world are virtually unknown. New for 2010, the Underwater World category in CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year allows you to share the incredible secrets the oceans, lakes and even ponds hold, as well as highlight the vital role they play in our world’s survival

In its fourth year, CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world, with 2,500 pictures entered in 2009 from over 60 countries. It is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography, honouring amateur and professional photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues.

EPOTY is open to international photographers of any age and encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, original and beautiful. The other categories are Mott MacDonald’s Changing Climates; The Natural World; Quality of Life; Innovation in the Environment (New for 2010); A View From the Western World (New for 2010); and CIWEM’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 16 & Under 21).

Each year the judging panel is made up of some of the most respected environmental photographers in the industry and senior environmentalists. Individual pieces are judged on impact, creativity, composition, originality and technical abilities. Winners receive cash prizes and all winning entries are displayed in the Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition.

The competition will run until 31st July 2010, with judging taking place throughout August.

For more information contact Emily Doyle, CIWEM Press and Marketing Officer at emily@ciwem.org.

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