Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest: Open until 5 October

Don't miss your chance to participate in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest - open until 5 October!

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

There is still time to submit your photos and be sure to help select the finalists by voting on your favourite images on the Red List of Ecosystems Facebook page. The photos that receive the highest number of 'Likes' will be evaluated by a jury, which will select the winning photographs for each category.

Ecosystems are everything around us: habitat, flora and fauna, including the interactions between them. They are all the areas that never fail to surprise us and take our breath away, and that are as varied, unique and impressive as the Tepuis of La Gran Sabana in Venezuela, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Himalayas in Asia.

Whenever we have the chance to climb a mountain, walk an esplanade, visit a beautiful beach, or spend time in any environment that shows little human intervention, we feel like we are in the midst of paradise. But it is perhaps more common for us to visit environments where human intervention plays a key role and is part of the surroundings, even from ancient times, such as in Tikal in Guatemala, Machu Picchu in Peru or any European cultural landscape.

In many cases, human intervention can completely change the ecosystem, degrading it, threatening the biodiversity present in it or driving it to collapse, as occurred in the Aral Sea in Central Asia.

As a way to raise awareness of our planet’s ecosystem diversity, and the role human beings play in this diversity, we invite you to document and share with us images from the ecosystems where you live or have visited, by participating in the second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest.

You do not have to be a professional photographer to participate! Just go to your favourite landscape, take a picture and send it to us through or

You can submit images in either or both of two categories: (1) Wild Beauty, where ecosystems are displayed without visible human intervention; (2) The Changing World, for ecosystems that show a human impact, either positive or negative.

Registration and reception of photographs – and voting on your favourite images through the Red List of Ecosystems Facebook page –closes at 23:59 UTC-04:30 (Venezuelan time zone) 5 October 2014. The earlier you send your photo(s), the more “Likes” it may receive.

Winners will be announced during the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014. As part of the prize, selected photos will be exhibited at the Congress and published on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website.

For more contest details, check out the Official Terms and Rules or write to or And join our Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!

Work area: 
West and Central Africa
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