Published: 24 Sep 2020

Find here information on ongoing environmental contests launched by our partners.

Jeu dans la forêt

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is holding a contest open to the inhabitants of Switzerland. Go to explore the forests, find wood statues of local species, try to identify wild animals and plants and fill the form to participate to random drawings, taking place each month, to win a prize.

The deadline for participation is 30 November.


Plastic Waste Partnership Photo Contest

On the inaugural day of its first meeting on 2 March 2020, the Plastic Waste Partnership launched a photography contest to promote outreach, education and awareness-raising on the global plastic waste crisis. The contest welcomes entries from all walks of life: from amateur to professional photographers, of all ages. Through the contest, the Partnership wants to shine a light not only on the plastic waste problem, but also the solutions out there, our collective progress to date and the challenges and opportunities moving forward. As the recent COVID-19 pandemic has seen a soar in the amount of single-use plastic waste generated, giving visibility to the problem and the solutions has become more pressing than ever before.

Entered photos will be judged by a panel including the National Geographic Photographer Sara Hylton, and winning images will be used for a Basel Convention plastic waste calendar and displayed at the 2021 meetings of the Conference of Parties, or Triple COPs, at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Submit your photos by 30 September 2020.

UN75 Online Photo Exhibition

To celebrate the UN 75th Anniversary and the UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC) Photographic Society 50th Anniversary, UN staff all over the world and members of the UNSRC Photographic Society are invited to submit photos about the UN’s work and/or its staff members. The top 75 best photos will be selected by a jury panel for an online exhibition launched on UN Day, 24 October 2020.

Submit your photos by 30 September 2020.

Crowd4SDG project | #Open17Water challenge

CERN, University of Geneva and UNITAR take part in the European project Crowd4SDG, which aims to explore how citizen science can track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sixteen to 26-year-olds are invited to submit their project on “Urban Water Resilience”, as individuals or teams of up to four persons. They can win a chance to present their project to United Nations experts in Geneva.

Submit your ideas by 4 October 2020.

Run Wild Challenge: 1 million runners for 1 million threatened species

The Run Wild campaign is jointly driven by UNEP in cooperation with adidas Runtastic supported by Internet of Elephants and conservation partners, to raise awareness for biodiversity loss and the need to protect our wildlife – with an ambitious goal to engage 1 million runners, symbolizing 1 million species threatened by extinction.

The challenge is open between 25 September and 4 October 2020.

Humans Locked Down, NATURE UNLOCKED | UNECE Global photo contest

On World Environment Day, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe launched a global photo contest on flora and fauna in the time of COVID-19 in the support of restoration of ecosystems.

As governments worldwide declared lockdowns in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, animals and plants started reclaiming spaces previously seen as being reserved for human activities: fish, ducks and dolphins inhabited canals and approached shores, while deer, wild goats and monkeys began searching towns and cities for food.

The best 13 photographs will be used to illustrate a 2021 calendar of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe which will be widely distributed among delegates worldwide, as well as a photography exhibition which will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in autumn 2020 to celebrate and promote the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The deadline for submitting photographs and provide the information was 15 September 2020.

WMO 2021 Calendar Photo Competition

The WMO photo competition is now closed… It consisted in taking a striking photo which is related to the Ocean, the weather and climate and meets WMO submission guidelines. Photographers could submit multiple entries, but only one photo can be included in the final calendar. If you share your photos on your own social media profiles, use the #WMOphoto hashtag.

The deadline for submission of the photos was 15 September 2020.