Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award - 30/04/2021

Monaco, 30th April 2021: The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation unveils the winners of the first edition of its environmental photography competition, launched on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary on the theme "Humanity & Wildlife: Crossed Destinies, Shared Territories".
Close to 1,400 photographers from all over the world responded to the call for entries launched by the Foundation on the Photocrowd platform. With nearly 6,000 photographs competing in the three categories of the award - Incredible Wildlife, Wildlife in Crisis and Reasons for Hope - the participants were able to capture the beauty of wildlife, the harmful impact of human activities on nature, and demonstrate that harmonious cohabitation is possible through their images.
The jury*, made up of professional photographers and representatives of organisations committed to sustainable development, was responsible for choosing the winner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award 2021, as well as the winners in each of the three categories.

PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021
The PA2F Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 Award goes to Kathleen Ricker for her photograph « Gorilla by the water ». Committed and passionate, Kathleen Ricker has been photographing gorillas of the Ugandan mountains during her numerous treks.
Jean-Michel Krief, photographer and member of the jury and co-founder of the "Sebitoli Chimpanzee Project" in Uganda underlines that "the photographer has perfectly captured the magic of the moment when the gorilla forgets her presence to concentrate on crossing the river in the heart of the sumptuous Ugandan forest. "

Winner – « Incredible Wildlife » Category
Lincoln MacGregor's « Enchanted Forest » was named the overall winner in the Incredible Wildlife category, which depicts an exceptional scene. These bioluminescent mushrooms are only seen a few days a year, a rare occurrence, especially in the company of a wombat.

Winner - « Wildlife in Crisis » category
Maxim Sayapin's photograph « Traces of life in the realm of death » won the Wildlife in Crisis category. It denounces the imprint of man on nature, undermining a life that is about to be born.

Winner - « Reasons for Hope » category
The final Reasons for Hope category was won by Emmanuel Rondeau, producer, writer and photojournalist specialising in wildlife conservation, with his photograph « The stag above the highway ». The perspective of the infrastructure reveals a stag grazing above the highway traffic: a suspended moment between two worlds that cohabit.
The general public was also invited to choose their favourite photographs via a vote organised on the Photocrowd platform.

The winners are:
Public Award - « Incredible Wildlife » category
« Hidden from sight » by Mitchell Lewis

Public Award - « Wildlife in Crisis » category
« Captive » by Maxime Aliaga

Public Award - « Reasons for Hope » category
« Love in the Jungle » by Mathieu Courdesses

The most beautiful photographs from the competition will be presented from 1 May to 1 June 2021 in the Boulingrins Gardens, in Monaco. This exhibition will also be available online here.

The PA2F Environmental Photography Award benefits from the support of Barclays Private Bank and Monaco Digital.

Composition of the jury:
• Ragnar Axelsson aka RAX, Photojournalist & Documentary Photographer specialising in the Arctic
• Laurent Ballesta, Photographer & co-founder of Andromeda Oceanology
• Anthony Boira, CEO of Monaco Digital
• Nick Danziger, Photojournalist, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Winner of the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award,
• Frederick Dharshie Wissah, CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019
• Daisy Gilardini, Environmental Photographer specialising in the polar regions
• Jean-Michel Krief, Photographer and co-founder of the Sebitoli Chimpanzee Project in Uganda
• Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild
• Olivier Wenden, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and President of the Jury

1 ©Kathleen Ricker - Gorilla by the water
2 ©Lincoln Macgregor WOMBAT - Enchanted Forest
3 ©Maxim Sayapin - Traces of life in the realm of death
4 ©Emmanuel Rondeau - the stag above the highway
5 ©Mitchell Lewis - Hidden from sight
6 ©Maxime Aliaga - Captive
7 ©Mathieu COURDESSES Love in the jungle