CliMates, Communicating Climate Change, International Climates, Photo Contest

CliMates’ Photo Contest 2015

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A thousand words…

Over recent years, scientists have gathered enormous amounts of data on the subject of climate change. But it has been hard to convince the world to change its ways with a series of charts and figures.

The novelist C.S. Lewis wrote: “Reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning”.

At this stage, the world has generally accepted climate change as the truth, but now it is time to make them CARE. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; so what is stopping us from translating science into the language of images?

…your picture!

This is why we are calling on you, our CliMates around the world, to become our photographers in the lead up to the 2015 COP.

As a guide, we will give you a new theme every month. The competition will kick off on the first of April with the theme ‘Man Working for Nature’, and will run until the 1st of September.


You can interpret this theme however you want: it can be powerful, funny, moving, or just interesting. You might find a response to the theme in some surprising places, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Sometimes the answer is right before your eyes.

Maybe you’ve never thought of yourself as an artist before. Well now is your chance! All you need to do is open your eyes, look around, and click the shutter…

When you have a photo, send it to the address with a caption of 1 to 2 sentences.

A panel of judges will choose the 3 best photos every month, which will be published here on CliM’Blog . And who knows, perhaps your photo will be exhibited at the end of the contest in September!

Good luck CliMates! Keep your eyes open and your camera at the ready.

And to keep going on with images watch  the teaser of the competition!


About the authors: Lauren Collee grew up in Sydney, and is now completing a degree in English and French at Oxford University. This year she is living in Paris, where she has joined the CliMates communication team to help organise the 2015 CliMates Photography Competition. Jonathan Ouaret-Gave grew up and is living in Paris. He is specialized in business and environmental law. He is currently sitting the bar exam at Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Former treasurer in CliMates, he is now heading Art projects within the communication team, and organizing the 2015 CliMates Photography Competition.

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