NATURE AND HUMANS

PHOTO COMPETITION
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“We only protect what we love, we only love what we understand, and we only understand what we are taught.”

Jacques Cousteau

CATEGORIES AND AWARDS

Eleven categories to reflect upon the relationship between humans and nature

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Special Category “Conservation Photography - Thematic Series”

Special Category “Conservation Photography - Thematic Series”

A series of six images, with a common clear conservation theme. The winning series will receive a cash prize of 1,500, and the runner-up series will receive a cash prize of 500.

Special Category “Conservation Photography - Single Image”

Special Category “Conservation Photography - Single Image”

A single image, with a clear conservation theme. The winning image will receive a cash prize of 1,500, and the runner-up image will receive a cash prize of 500.

Special Category “Conservation Photography - Spain”

Special Category “Conservation Photography - Spain”

A single image, with a clear conservation theme, taken in Spain. The winning image will receive a cash prize of €1,500, and the runner-up image will receive a cash prize of €500.

Special Category “Nature, narrated by Women”.

Special Category “Nature, narrated by Women”.

A story – narrated through a series of 10 images – about Nature. In collaboration with MOTHER, a well-known international non-profit photography magazine. Images submitted to this category must be in line with MOTHER’s vision: “stories narrated and images created by women, that help us to look, that capture Nature in all its beauty, and that tell stories that inspire change”. The winning story will receive a cash prize of 1,500 euros, and will be published by MOTHER magazine in 2025. The runner-up story will receive a cash prize of €500.

 Special Category “The Beauty of the Planet".

Special Category “The Beauty of the Planet".

An individual image, showing the astonishing beauty and fragility of our planet’s animal species. Images submitted in this category must have been taken during an international photo- graphy trip organized by Wildwatching Spain, after 1-1-2020. 

The winning image will be awarded a 1,000 (one thousand) euro voucher, with no expiry date, to be redeemed when booking any of the in- ternational photography trips offered by Wildwatching Spain.

Special Category “The beauty of Spain".

Special Category “The beauty of Spain".

An individual image, showing the astonishing beauty and fragility of Spain’s animal species. The images submitted in this category must have been taken in a photography hide ma- naged by Wildwatching Spain, after 1-1-2020.

The winning image will be awarded a 500 (five hundred) euro voucher, with no expiry date, to be redeemed when booking any of the wildlife photography trips offered by Wildwatching Spain.

Mammals

Mammals

Wild and free-ranging mammals, at any stage of their lives, anywhere on the planet.

The winning image will be awarded with SONY photographic equipment, offered by SONY Spain. The precise equipment to be awarded is still to be confirmed but its RRP will in any case exceed 1,500 euros.

Birds

Birds

Birds in the wild, at any stage of their life and anywhere on the planet. Images of nests will not be accepted under any circumstances.

The winning image will be awarded with a 500 (five hundred) euro voucher to be redeemed for the purchase of photographic material at Fotografiarte, one of the best specialist photographic distributors in Spain.

Oceans

Oceans

Underwater images taken in the seas and oceans of our Planet. The animal species portrayed must, of course, be completely wild.

The winning image will be awarded 350 (three hundred and fifty) euros in cash, offered by the Foundation.

Other Animals

Other Animals

Images of any animal, not included in the categories Mammals, Birds, and Oceans, wild and in freedom, at any stage of their life, and anywhere on the Planet.

The winning image will be awarded with 350 (three hundred and fifty) Euros in cash, offered by the Foundation.

Landscape

Landscape

Images of any of the natural paradises still found on our Planet.

The winning image will be awarded 350 (three hundred and fifty) euros in cash, offered by the Foundation.

Creative

Creative

The images submitted in this category must propose new visions of the natural world that go be- yond the obvious. Using a visual language centered on colors, shapes, tones and textures, with a strong emphasis on abstraction and originality, the aim of this category is to seduce, surprise, arouse emotions and help the viewer to surrender to contemplation. Double exposures are not permitted.

The winning image will be awarded a 300 (three hundred) euro voucher to be exchanged for the purchase of photographic material at FotoRuanoPro, one of the best specialist photographic distributors in Spain.

Special Prize Young Photographers

In this category we welcome Nature images, with no restrictions on subject matter and content (except, of course, that they comply with the Competition’s code of ethics), taken by photographers who are still under the age of 18 on 1 June 2024.

The winning image will be awarded with a set of photography books with 300 euros RRP, offered by the Foundation.

People’s Choice Award

The winning image will be awarded a cash prize of 350 (three hundred and fifty) euros, offered by the Foundation.

ETHICAL CODE

Respect for nature must prevail over any activity carried out in the natural environment. This code of ethics is the declaration of basic principles for the practice of our activity established by AEFONA in order to urge all its partners and followers to assume it as a personal commitment.

We reward images that help us reflect on the relationship, positive or negative, of human beings with the natural environment.

We also want to celebrate the immense beauty of our planet and the species that inhabit it.

OUR JURY

Specialists in photography and nature

Marcus Westberg

Marcus Westberg

PHOTOGRAPHER AND STORYTELLER

 

Photography is about sharing stories. These stories are the stories of others, other people, animals, places and events, and while it’s not something I consciously seek, I find that my photography tends to focus on the strength, integrity, affinity and love that I see around me.

https://www.marcuswestberg.photo/

Adriana Claudia Sanz

Adriana Claudia Sanz

PHOTOGRAPHER

Adriana Claudia Sanz has lived in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina since she was very young, where she developed a strong contact and bond with nature. Her mastery in the environment allows her to dedicate herself to caring for it and that is where she discovers photography.

Today she is dedicated to both passions. In her photos, she seeks to dignify the photographed subject by incorporating her artistic vision into each image, reflecting her interpretation of reality. She is a member of AFONA and Portfolio Natural; She is a speaker at congresses, a jury at competitions, she participates in exhibitions and activities to disseminate books and magazines. She several times awarded in international competitions.

http://adriana-sanz.com/

Alfonso Lario

Alfonso Lario

PHOTOGRAPHER AND ORNITHOLOGIST

Photographer for more than 40 years, he has focused on nature. To his early naturalist vocation, he added his studies and work as an ornithologist and scientific bird bander. He regularly collaborates in wildlife monitoring activities.

https://www.doylataguerra.com/

Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo

Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo

PHOTOGRAPHER AND ARCHITECT

 

Sol de la Quadra-Salcedo trained as an architect at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM), is an Expert in Landscape Design and Management at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and is completing a Master’s in Social Communication of Scientific Research at the International University of Valencia (VIU). He learned from his teacher, the explorer and visionary Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo, a legacy: “The Value of Adventure” to go beyond limits, feel and spread to Know, Respect and Protect our Nature.

His passion for translating the way of perceiving the environment of the living beings that surround us, together with the investigation of the latest technologies, since the beginning of the Internet, has led him to teach the youngest ways of looking at our nature from amazement.

She has collaborated multiple times with institutions of the highest prestige, such as National Geographic, the National Parks Network and the National Museum of Natural Sciences.

https://soldelaquadrasalcedo.com/

 

Arturo de Frias

Arturo de Frias

PHOTOGRAPHER AND GUIDE

I have been photographing the most remote and extreme habitats of the planet, and the most endangered animal species for 20 years. I enjoy photographing any animal and any landscape, but I have my preferences: the polar regions, the oceans (especially cetaceans and sharks), the Spanish fauna (especially the bear, the wolf and the lynx), and Africa (a continent I have visited more than 20 times).

https://www.arturodefrias.com/

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