Photography competition

Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021: Climate Change

National Parks have a key role to play in a green recovery. Landscapes feel the impact of climate change, but also have the potential to mitigate against these changes - benefitting nature, people and climate. 

This year's Climate Change theme for the photography competition looks at exactly this: images which illustrate either the impact of climate change, or the role that National Parks in England and Wales can, and do, play in a green recovery. We want to use striking images to connect people with how the climate emergency affects National Parks and the work underway to address this.

Photo: Peatland restoration work in Peak District National Park by Moors for the Future Partnership

From nature recovery projects including tree planting, peatland restoration and reintroducing species to the wild; and engaging people with climate change, younger generations connecting with National Parks; to innovative measures such as renewable energy and sustainable transport, particularly ones which are well-suited to the sensitive landscapes in National Parks, there are stories to be told of climate change with means of great photography.

Campaign for National Parks' 2021 Photography Competition follows the release of our National Parks and the Climate Emergency report and comes ahead of COP26, due to take place in Glasgow in November. 

“We are particularly keen to see images which really show how our National Parks have been impacted by climate change,” said Anita Konrad, Chief Executive of Campaign for National Parks. “These may not always the prettiest scenes to look at, but photographs have such inherent power to move people – to make climate change tangible and relate it to the places we enjoy visiting.

“We want people to understand impact of climate change in our National Parks, while showcasing the immense photography talent we know exists in National Parks up and down England and Wales. Not just established photographers, but also the next generation – and those who may not have SLR cameras, but enjoy taking photos on their smartphone. 

Photo: Electric charging point for boats on The Broads by The Broads National Park Authority

“Of course, there’s also the other side of the story – how National Parks are innovating to tackle climate change, and how local volunteers are delivering practical conservation work alongside educating visitors of all ages about the contribution they can make to protect the National Parks. We’re excited to see what submissions we receive.”

We have 3 categories for this year’s competition:

•    National Parks Climate Change Photography Competition main award (21 years+)
•    Young Photographer of the Year (under 21 years old)
•    People’s Choice Award: Best phone photograph

Competition opens on Monday 30 August 2021, and deadline for entries is 23:45 on Monday 4 October 2021.

How to enter

For the main award and the Young Photographer of the Year award, please ensure all initial photo submissions are no bigger than 5MB and captioned accordingly: TITLE_LOCATION_PHOTOGRAPHER_MAIN or TITLE_LOCATION_PHOTOGRAPHER_YOUNG. They should be submitted, along with some supporting information, via this online form.

We accept film and digital entries, though film must be scanned and submitted via the online form. If your photos feature people who can be identified, we will also require permission forms from those people if your photograph is shortlisted, so please ensure that you are able to provide these if making a submission.

Shortlisting will take place in early October. All shortlisted entries will be asked to submit a high-resolution version of the selected image (5MB+) and submit a permission form to allow us to use and share your photo. The main award and Young Photographer winners will be selected by a judging panel which includes Pictire Editor of National Geographic Traveller UK Olly Puglisi, Editor of Digital Photographer magazine Lauren Scott, and esteemed National Parks photographer and former Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition winner Kieran Metcalfe.

Winners will see their photos featured in both Digital Photographer magazine and Campaign for National Parks’ Viewpoint magazine this autumn/winter, with the possibility of more mainstream press coverage (as in previous years). 

For the phone photograph category, simply share your photo on social media tagging in @campaign4parks on Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #CNPPhotoComp21 or on Facebook or LinkedIn using the hashtag #CNPPhotoComp21; feel free to tell us more about your photo - why, when and where you took it and on what device. Our panel will shortlist no more than 10 photos to go to a public vote which will take place in October 2021. If you want to submit a phone photo and do not have access to social media, you can do so via the online form.

Photo: Sunset in Peak District National Park by Kieran Metcalfe

Competition Terms & Conditions

Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021 is owned and run by the charity Campaign for National Parks. It is a free-to-enter annual competition aimed at National Park lovers and photographers, both amateur and professional.

Competition opens for entries on Monday 30 August 2021. The deadline for the entries is Monday 4 October 2021 at 23:45 UK time. Winners will be announced by the end of October 2021 and will be contacted using the details provided in the entry form or via their social media account (for phone photograph category). 

Entrants are permitted to enter up to 3 images to the competition in a single category. You may enter two categories, but will need to submit separately. Black and white images are eligible, as are film images – but they need to be scanned and submitted digitally. Digital enhancements are allowed.

All entries for the main category (21+) and the Young Photographer category (under 21s) must be submitted via the online form. Image entry file size must not exceed 5MB, and is recommended to be at least 1200 pixels on the longest length. If shortlisted, we will request a watermark/signature free high-resolution image (5MB+). 

For the phone photograph category, the image must have been captured on a phone, rather than a camera. Please submit via social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) by tagging ‘@Campaign4Parks’ and using the hashtag #CNPPhotoComp21 in your caption/post. If you do not have access to social media, you can submit your phone photograph via the online form.


Entrants must be the original artwork creator and solely hold the copyright; they remain the copyright holder to any images submitted by themselves. Those shortlisted (up to 10 per category) agree to allow Campaign for National Parks to the free usage of their submitted images in any medium, including print and digital in relation to the photo competition and when raising awareness of climate change in National Parks (photographers can opt out of the latter). After the winners have been announced, entries will be deleted, apart from those that have been shortlisted.

Campaign for National Parks will try to ensure the photographers will be credited on all media, but in the event of inadvertent omission of the credit, the photographer agrees that Campaign for National Parks is not liable. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained from any identifiable person featured in a photograph by ensuring this form is completed and returned to CNP on request. We will only require forms from those shortlisted entries.

Data protection

In entering the Campaign for National Parks (CNP) Photography Competition, you agree to CNP using and storing your details to process your application.

Highlights from our 'Hidden Treasures' photo competition, clockwise from top left: the Pembrokeshire Coast winning photo by Sam Lewis. Staithes by Steven Iceton. Carmarthen Fans by Sean Crawford. Man on the Moors by Glenn Kilpatrick. Oke Tore by Anna Curnow. Thurne Windpump by Christopher Hill. 

Click here to see the winners and ten shortlisted finalists of our 2020 Inspired by Nature photography competition!