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[ Thank you very much for joining this photo contest! We closed the campaign with 563 participants from all over the world. Here are the 8 winners! ]

In 2017 and 2018 alone, populations around the world were exposed to heatwaves (in Japan and the United Kingdom, for example), severe flooding (in China, France and India), wildfires (in Greece, Sweden and the USA) and tropical storms (in Japan, the Philippines and the USA).

Climate change impacts health both directly and indirectly. Some of the health impacts associated with the climate crisis include respiratory diseases, vector-borne diseases, heat strokes, mental illness and others, as mentioned in the latest report on Health & Climate Change launched by the World Health Organization during COP24.

This year, Climate Tracker is launching an exciting photography competition to highlight the impacts of climate change on human health.


8 winners will be selected to produce a photostory (30 – 35 photographs) about the impacts of climate change on health.

After completing the photoshoots, the 8 winners will receive a 200 USD cash prize.

These photostories will be featured in an eBook that highlights the work of the photographers.

Following the 8 photostories, 1 winner will receive a fully-funded fellowship to attend the COP25 in Chile on December 2019 with the with Climate Tracker team!

How to apply

Are you passionate about photography and climate change? Show us what you got. To apply to the competition, you will have to complete your application through our platform which should include:

A photograph or a photo story (up to 10 photos) that shows the challenges and/or the solution to issues related to health and climate change. By completing this submission, you confirm you are the author of the submitted pictures and have the rights to these pictures, and you agree that your pictures can be shared and used on various social media platforms and websites. If selected, your pictures will receive this CC copyright and will be accredited correctly, clearly mentioning your name.

A 200-word paragraph with the idea for the photostory you will create if you are among the 8 winners. You can choose one of the main 5 themes related to health and climate change:

– Air Pollution: you could show the pollution from public transportation in a cosmopolitan city, for example.
– Vector-borne diseases: diseases such as malaria, dengue, etc., which affect populations around the world.
– Climate change-induced disasters: how are the communities being affected by these climate-induced disasters? What type of adaptation measures have they started?
– Food security: you could take a look at issues related to malnutrition, agricultural practices, and others.
– Migration: you can show how movements of populations due to environmental issues are also exposed to diseases.

Example of the stories we are looking for:

WHO/Christopher Black

People forced to use one water source for all daily chores – like this girl in Pakistan – face increasing risks of gastrointestinal infections and other waterborne diseases. Together these diseases kill around 2.2 million people globally each year, mostly children in developing countries. Potential population displacement resulting from an increase in frequency and severity of climate sensitive events would add to this number.

Key Dates

Launching of the competition: March 17
Deadline to submit your application: April 19
Announcement of 8 winners: April 26
Photoshoots: April 29 – May 8
*New Deadline Extension: April 19 


+ Which regions are eligible for the competition?
Everybody is welcome to participate! We are looking for talented photographers from around the world who can show issues related to health, climate and development through their photographs.

+ Is there an age limit?
We will accept applicants between 18 and 30 years old. However, you are encouraged to apply anyway if you are above the age limit.

+ How do I submit my application?
Go to our Climate Tracker APP, search for this competition and log in with your account (watch this tutorial on how to join our campaigns).
Then, you will have to complete 3 steps:

Step 1: Paste the link to your photo(s). Submit a photograph or photo story (up to 10 photos) that shows how climate change is affecting health. These photos will have to be uploaded in a storage platform (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc). Please try to upload the photos in high resolution. By completing this submission, you give your consent that all the photos be shared through Climate Tracker and the World Health Organization platforms.

Step 2: Please make sure to include the following information:
– Title(s) of the photo
– Captions for the photo(s)
– Date and location of the photos
*If your photo originally appeared in a media outlet, please include an authorization (with a link) for publishing this photo on our and other platforms.

Step 3: Pitch your photo story idea. If you are among the 8 winners, you will have to produce a photo story (and take around 30 photos) on the theme you choose between April 24 and May 5. Please note that the expenses for this photoshoot will have to be included in the 200 USD prize.

To evaluate your application and proposal, we would like to know:
– Which theme do you choose? What story you will show through your photos?
– Where will the photoshoot take place?
– Why do you think it’s relevant to show this story?
– How will you arrange the photoshoot?
– What motivates you to join this competition? Tell us a bit more about you!

+ Can I submit a photograph or photostory already published in another media outlet?
Yes, but you will need to submit a written authorization letter authorizing us to use and publish the photo.

+ How will the winners be selected?
The Climate Tracker team will evaluate both your photo(s) and pitch for the photo story you will have to produce. Then, 8 winners will be selected.

The rating system focuses on 5 main qualities:

  • Photographic composition
  • Originality
  • Expression of theme
  • Clarity and quality of the submission
  • Social Impact

Read about the prizes you can win here.

Here you can find more information about Climate Tracker’s rating system for photography.
Neeed some ideas for your photos? Follow these guidelines on how to communicate health and climate.
Feel free to send your questions to: andrea@climatetracker.org
Andrea Garcia Salinas

About Andrea Garcia Salinas

Campaigner for Climate Tracker. Andrea is a Communicator for Development from Perú. Following the UNFCCC negotiations since COP20. She has worked in conservation and climate awareness with youth initiatives in Latin America. Currently studying an M.A. in International Development - Environment & Migration at PSIA Sciences Po in Paris. @dellazule