Congratulations to the 2022 CEFF International Environmental Photography Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winner

Pollution – ©Andre Boto

Pollution remains a big problem on our planet. Large industry is probably the main responsible for the degradation of the air we breathe. In a criticism that is still a little exaggerated to the present day, but with pollution continuing to grow at this rate, one day we will have the need to wear gas masks to breathe.


Youth Prize Winner

Is There Still a Space Left – ©Anton Trexler

 What do you think is the starling saying at this moment? The starlings gathered in autumn to winter together. A beautiful black and white effect is created against the white sky. The wings of the landing star are illuminated golden by the sun. I took this group of starlings at an angle from below, so it looks as the four lines are exactly one above the other. I was able to capture a lot of exciting scenes, this is my favorite scene at all. Each of these starlings in the picture tells its own story, which all together produce the total work of art.


People’s Choice Prize Winner

Old Friends – ©Chuck Rasco

These Bristlecone pines are some of the oldest living organisms left in the world, and they stand twisted and shaped by the winds. The trees themselves are great subjects, but lining up the Milky Way just gives it that little extra touch. The glow on the horizon and the lighting on the tree is the light pollution of Denver.

***The People’s Choice Award was selected by public voting.


Landscape Winner


Night in Mortsund – ©Kent Williamson

Late night in Mortsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway in Winter


Wildlife Winner


Standing Tall – ©Suliman Alatiqi

An American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) stands on its hind legs, getting ready to surface. The photo was taken at Banco Chinchorro, an atoll reef and a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve off the Caribbean coast of Mexico. This species of saltwater-dwelling crocodile lives in the mangroves and surrounding areas of Cayo Centro, the largest island of the atoll, with a thriving permanent population thought to be over 400.

Indigenous Cultures Winner


Sunny Day – ©Viet Van Tran

Drying the incense sticks is a process of making incense. Incense is very important in the spiritual life of Vietnamese. They burn incense to connect with the the souls of the deceased and pray for the better life. Photographed at Quang Phu Cau, a traditional incense making village is more than hundred years old.


Patterns & Abstracts Winner


Mutual Assistance Between Man and Nature – ©Alex Cao

Bau Ca Cai mangroves is planed planting Lumnitzera racemosa (commonly known as the white-flowered mangrove) to natural breakwater and improve the ecological environment under the climate change and sea level rise. This project which is sponsored by Green Climate Fund and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in Quang Ngai (a central province of Viet Nam), is named “Strengthening resilience to the impacts of climate change for vulnerable communities along Viet Nam’s coast.”  Bau Ca Cai mangroves will be allocated to local people to protect, associated with the development of ecotourism and contributing to income improvement and sustainable poverty reduction. I took this image in autumn of 2019 in order to introduce Bau Ca Cai mangroves across the country and the world to promote tourism here.”


Environmental Impact Winner


The Sinner – ©Somenath Mukhopadhyay

A devotee is performing a ritual in the river bed of Yamuna which is one of the most polluted rivers of the world due to garbage disposal, industrial sewage and chemical pollutants from the local factories on the bank of the river.


2022 CEFF Photography Gallery

TOP 30 Finalists including Exhibition Selections

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All photographs are owned and copyrighted by each photographer. No use of any kind is authorized without the express written consent of the owner of the photograph. For contact information for any of the photographers, please email [email protected]
The image with the highest number of public votes in each category will be displayed on the People’s Choice wall in the exhibition. To see the People’s Choice images, please visit and scroll to the bottom of that page. 
Be sure to check out the display of select winning and finalist images in Downtown Denver as a part of Night Lights Denver during the month of February. For more information, please visit

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