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August 31, 2023

Winning photograph of the Greenstorm Global Photography Award 2022 by Phan Thi Khanh from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Bonn and Kochi, 1 September 2023 – Greenstorm Foundation is delighted to announce its 15th Edition of the Greenstorm Global Photography Festival, which will run from 1 September 2023 to 22 April 2024.

With a staggering prize of 30,000 United States dollars (US$) in total, the festival will bestow the world’s largest cash prize on the winner of a photography competition. The two top awards have cash prizes of US$10,000 and US$3,000.

The theme this year is ‘Beautiful Landscapes’, whose aim is to celebrate the beauty of landscapes while encouraging dialogue and action towards environmental sustainability. Submissions must be uploaded from 1st to 31st September 2023 to the competition portal at

This year’s prestigious award in Nature Photography is co-sponsored by the Foundation and G20 Global Land Initiative of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

“We are honoured to partner with the UNCCD G20 Global Land Initiative for this 15th award edition, which recognizes the ability to communicate an urgent and complex issue simply and powerfully through visuals,” said Dileep Narayanan of Greenstorm Foundation.

“The theme calls us to reflect on the interconnectedness of people and nature, and the critical role we must play to safeguard, restore and recover a natural heritage that is under threat,” said Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, Director, UNCCD G20 Global Initiative on Land.

Greenstorm Global Photography Festival is a leading platform for photographers to showcase their talent and creativity by capturing the beauty and significance of nature.

The world’s economies that together make up 85 percent of the global gross domestic product, known collectively as the Group of Twenty (G20), set up the Global Land Initiative in 2020 during the Presidency of Saudi Arabia. The ambition of the intiative is to reduce degraded land by 50 percent by 2040.

Since it was set up 15 years ago, the photography festival has inspired and raised awareness about environmental conservation through the power of visual storytelling.

The festival this year is featuring two categories of photographs with a view to attract photography enthusiasts of all ages from professionals to amateurs and students.

Category One is for professional and amateur photographers who take photos using DSLR/Mirrorless cameras. Category Two, which is open to all age groups, is for photographers who use mobile phones to capture the images.

The winner of Category One will be awarded US$10,000 and the winner of Category Two, a cash prize of US$3,000.

A distinguished four-member jury panel of internationally renowned photographers and conservation specialists will select the winners.

The jury will curate the entries submitted and nominate the finalists. The winners will be declared based on both the verdict of the jury and the online public poll at

It will feature an online and physical global photography exhibition, allowing participants and the general public to appreciate and engage with the extraordinary visual narratives showcased.

“Our collaboration signifies our commitment to raising awareness about the importance of land and nature conservation. We believe that through the power of photography, we can inspire positive change and a deeper appreciation for our natural world,” adds Dileep Narayanan of Greenstorm Foundation.

About Greenstrom

The Greenstorm Global Photography Award, from its humble origins in 2009, has caught the attention of millions of creative, environmentally conscious minds from more than 75 countries. What began as a small initiative is becoming a worldwide movement to impact the environment positively.

About UNCCD’s G20 Global Land Initiative The ambition of the G20 Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats (G20 Global Land Initiative) is to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in degraded land by 2040. The Initiative, which was launched in 2020, under the G20’s Saudi Arabia Presidency is hosted by United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification based in Bonn, Germany.