The Government will this week launch a photography competition on climate change, offering a top prize of a photography masterclass with Getty Images.

Run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the #BackClimateAction 2015 competition opens on Friday 20 February.

Entries must be entered on Instagram or via Twitter.

Organisers say they are seeking an image that ‘challenges us to re-imagine climate change in the most original and engaging way’, by addressing one or more of the following: What do you most want to protect? (this could be your own or your family’s health); What feeling does climate change provoke? (e.g. loss, challenge, change or action); and What can tackling climate change lead to? (this could include changing technology, new ways of living, or new energy sources).

Entrants are also required to write a caption of no more than 80 words that describes what the image is, where it was taken and ‘why it illustrates climate change to you’.

Five runners up will win a pair of tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

Judges include Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, and Anthony Holland Parkin, creative director at Getty Images.

Competition terms state that entrants agree that the DECC may use their photos for up to a year.

Asked to clarify this, a DECC spokesman told Amateur Photographer that the DECC would only use photos in connection with the competition, adding that the photographer would be acknowledged wherever a photo is used.

The contest closes on 6 March 2015.

For details visit the competition website

  • dfromnw

    An abuse of taxpayers’ money by a stupendously incompetent government department headed by a stupendously incompetent secretary of state.

  • JackSavage

    Hey! Terrific! What a fantastic use of taxpayer’s money when we are all in this together and there is no money left!

  • Stew Green

    Spelling mistake “Wealth” has been spelled with a “H”
    in “What do you most want to protect? (this could be your own or your family’s health);”

  • RelayerM31

    How about some pictures of the current mega-blizzard in New England. I mean, if THAT doesn’t prove global warming NOTHING will.

  • mememine

    It’s been 34 years of debate preventing CO2 climate action; proving science is NOT certain enough to say so. Are they 95% sure the planet isn’t flat?