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Humans Locked Down: NATURE UNLOCKED


Deadline: 15 September 2020

The long period of isolation due to #COVID19 has made us reflect on the vulnerability of our society and on the need to #buildbackbetter, including by promoting biodiversity and the restoration of ecosystems.

The sights of nature during lockdown kept us positive, reminding us of nature’s beauty and power. While locked down at home, we have seen some remarkable images of animals walking through deserted cities, ducks and dolphins reappearing in canals and nearing shores, birds settling in gardens, butterflies flying undisturbed, plants growing in the cracks of empty streets. Images like these are unique and historical.

Many of you have immortalized these scenes with your cameras and smartphones. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, based in Geneva, is inviting you to share your images.

By taking part in this contest, your photographs will gain a chance to appear in a web-based gallery and will be promoted by the United Nations. The best 13 photographs will be used to illustrate a 2021 calendar of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe which will be widely distributed among delegates worldwide, as well as a photography exhibition which will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in autumn 2020 to celebrate and promote the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

To take part in the contest, please submit up to 3 of your best photographs and provide the information using the form provided on the website by 15 September 2020.


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