Photo Contest

Let the pictures do the talking!

With the annual Photo Contest, we want to show the Alps from different perspectives: their cultural richness and heritage, their majestic natural splendour, their unique biodiversity and ecosystems and the vibrant life.

The Photo Contest is open from May until August.
The submitted pictures compete for a spot in the Alpine Convention’s calendar.

Photo Contest 2021

All eyes on Alpine water bodies & their biodiversity

Alpine ground and surface water bodies such as lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, marshlands and wetlands are an invaluable shared public good. From the peaks to the plains, these water bodies are an extremely fertile habitat for countless species of flora and fauna, both in their waters and on their banks.

With their colours, transparencies, reflections, shades, movements, and stillness they shape the Alpine landscape and make this territory unique.

They are a public good and a value in themselves. They provide for humans and nature in large parts of Europe throughout all seasons.

Water is an inherently important topic for the Alpine Convention, a main objective of which is to preserve or re-establish healthy water systems, in particular by keeping lakes and rivers free of pollution, by applying natural hydraulic engineering techniques and by using waterpower in a way which serves the interests of both the indigenous population and the environment (Declaration on integrated and sustainable water management in the Alps).

In recent years, the challenges faced by Alpine water bodies have become even more pressing. These include changes in water availability, less predictable natural hazards particularly in relation to climate change, changing ecosystems, the growing demand for water for conflicting uses, and spatial development related needs.

To raise awareness of these many issues, the Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention and the Permanent Secretariat are dedicating the 2021 Photo Contest to Alpine lakes and rivers of all sizes and forms. We are celebrating waters, from the tiniest puddles to the largest rivers, and their unmatched biodiversity. The thirteen best photos will be published as the 2022 edition of the Alpine Convention calendar.

We invite you to let the Alpine landscapes inspire you and to let your imagination flow when you send in your contributions before 31st August 2021.


Awards and prizes

The thirteen best photos will be included in the 2022 edition of the Alpine Convention’s calendar and their photographers will receive Alpine Convention gifts.

Of these photos, the Swiss Presidency and the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention will choose the three best unique photographs and award them the three following prizes:

  • 1st prize: € 300
  • 2nd prize: € 200
  • 3rd prize: € 100

Submission link

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