Hello Tracker,

By now, you must be familiar with our competitions and opportunities, and you probably heard about our rating system for articles.

Now, we present you our new Climate Tracker Score for rating photographic work. This focuses on five qualities: Composition, Originality, Expression of theme, Quality of submission, and Social Impact.

Every submission will receive a score – detailing how the submission did on each of the five attributes – on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

Photographic composition

Composition in any work of art describes the placement of elements such as: color, patterns, symmetry, angles, lines, textures, shapes, etc. There are no rules when it comes to composition but rather how you choose to guide the viewer’s eye to the most important elements of your photo.

To evaluate the composition of your photograph and your technique, we will be looking at these elements:

FRAMING: how are you directing the attention of the viewer to a particular element in your photograph? If you choose to use this technique, you might be using the elements within the scene to highlight something in particular that serves your storytelling.
PERSPECTIVE: this refers to the sense of depth or spatial relationships between the objects in the your photo. What angle and lens are you using? Whether you choose to shoot the subject from up high and looking down or shooting from below looking up, this will have an impact in the story that you want to tell.
BALANCE: through the use of lines, angles and placement of elements, balance determines whether the photo is pleasing and harmonious or uncomfortable and unresolved. There is no right or wrong, and it’s up to the photographer to decide how they want the viewer to perceive the photograph.

Expression of theme

Adherence to the subject of the competition: remember that the photo has to depict a story within the main subject of the campaign.
Research: Through the captions, you must be able to communicate the story behind your photograph. Not only in terms of location and date these were taken, but also the challenges and solutions these images are communicating.

Quality of the photograph

RESOLUTION: we will be only considering images of no less than 720 x 1080 pixels.
SHARPNESS: your photo should have clarity in contrast and focus. Blurry images will receive a lower score.


WHY ME?: this refers to how your expertise, your geographical location, and your experiences are reflected in the story that you want to tell.
CREATIVITY: whether you are bring a new perspective on the issue or choose to highlight a theme not often talked about.

Social Impact

CALL TO ACTION: whether you are using thought-provoking images or highlighting inspiring solutions that motivates the viewer to get involved.
RELEVANCE: is the story, initiative or project that you choose to communicate relevant to the main issue?

Additionally, although not included as a score in our feedback, Climate Tracker also considers to following criteria when reviewing publications:

Human Interest: Climate Change is about people, so it is important to show the people who are affected or involved in the story you are bringing.

The Inclusion of Women: More than half of the world population consists of women, and women are disproportionally affected by climate change. Nonetheless, women’s voices are underrepresented in the media. Try to include the perspective of women, for example by focusing on gender-related issues or interviewing women.

The Inclusion of Marginalised Groups: We support journalism that focuses on environmental impacts on women, youth, indigenous people, people with disabilities or ethnic minorities.

Climate Tracker

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