The second Syngenta Photography Award call for entries

  • Competition explores global challenges through compelling images.
  • The Award theme is “Scarcity-Waste”.
  • Open to professionals and amateurs, with $65,000 in prizes on offer.

Syngenta has announced that the second Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries.

The Award aims to stimulate dialogue and create awareness around significant global challenges through powerful photography.

The Syngenta Photography Award invites professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications in two categories – the Professional Commission and the Open Competition. The Award offers total prize money of $65,000, including a $25,000 professional commission. Images from the Award will be exhibited in March 2015 at Somerset House, one of London’s most celebrated arts and culture venues.

The theme of the second Award is “Scarcity-Waste”. It draws attention to arguably the greatest challenge the world faces: how can we ensure there is enough land, food and water for future generations? The resources we use and the waste we create today means we already need the equivalent of one and a half planets.

Mike Mack, CEO of Syngenta, said: “The success of the inaugural Syngenta Photography Award has demonstrated that photography is a powerful medium to foster a deeper understanding of global challenges, and has the ability to inspire us to find ways to create a more sustainable future.”

Entries will be judged by a distinguished international panel chaired by author and curator William A. Ewing. “I am delighted to have been invited for the second time to chair the jury sessions of the Syngenta Photography Award and be part of the inspiring jury discussions,” said Mr. Ewing. “I was deeply impressed with the quality of work submitted for the inaugural Award, and I now look forward to discover more outstanding work from professional and amateur photographers under a new theme.”

The application deadline for both the Professional Commission and Open Competition is September 15, 2014.

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Notes to the editor:

  • Media inquiries relating to the Syngenta Photography Award can be addressed to: Anna Cusden or Melissa Emery at Sutton PR, /, +44 (0)207 183 3577
  • The competition is now open for entries and closes on September 15, 2014
  • The Award is free to enter
  • Applications to the Syngenta Photography Award must be submitted by completing the online application form at
  • The Professional Commission is for professional photographers whose major income is derived from photography. They are invited to submit between 5-10 images along with a creative project proposal related to this year’s “Scarcity-Waste” theme
  • The Open Competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers. They are invited to submit between 1-3 images exploring the Scarcity-Waste theme
  • The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the end of November 2014
  • The winners will be announced at the Syngenta Photography Award ceremony in March 2015

The members of the judging panel are:
William A. Ewing (Chair) – Curator, Photography Author, Director of Curatorial Projects at Thames & Hudson Publishing (Canada)
Iatã Cannabrava – Photographer (Brazil)
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson – President, International, The New York Times (United Kingdom)
Ekaterina Inozemtseva – Chief Curator at Multimedia Art Museum (Russia)
Marcus Lyon – Photographer (United Kingdom)
Mike Mack – Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta (United States)
Liu Heung Shing – Photographer and Photo Editor (China)

Open Competition advisors:
Simon Roberts – Photographer (United Kingdom)
Malu Halasa – Writer and editor (Jordan / Philippines)

The Syngenta Photography Award
Launched in 2012, the Syngenta Photography Award was created to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges and to establish an important platform to explore issues of global significance through photography. For the inaugural competition, exploring the theme of Rural-Urban, 2,500 applicants from all over the world submitted their photographs to the Open Competition, including 450 submissions from professional photographers for the commission. The Rural-Urban exhibition is available online:

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