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NUS/Ecologist Communications Challenge Award

3rd November, 2010

The Ecologist has teamed up with the NUS to offer students the chance to get their photography profiled by the leading voice of the environmental movement


The Ecologist Communications Challenge Award is now open for any entries that promote engaging environmental activities and ideas through a single inspiring photograph.

The Award is part of Green Impact Students’ Unions. Now in their fifth year, they are a unique environmental accreditation scheme designed to encourage, reward and celebrate best environmental practice at students’ unions.

An impressive 88 student unions are taking part in the overall awards scheme this year.

Once your students’ union is signed up to Green Impact Unions, you can enter The Ecologist Communications Challenge Award.

The Ecologist Communications Challenge Award aims to encourage unions to use photography to showcase the excellent campaigns and projects being run by unions and their students. The photos should have the ability to educate and inspire others on the importance of individual and collective action on environmental issues.

So many of today's environmental messages are about sacrifice, reduction, and going-without. But it needn't be like that. Living an ecologically-sound life is something that can be immensely satisfying and rewarding. We want to see a great photograph of a union campaign or initiative on campus, in the local community or further afield that illustrates this.

In the best traditions of photojournalism, we want to see an image that is well-shot but that also tells a compelling story - a story that will encourage the viewer to admire and possibly emulate the lifestyle choices illustrated. It need not be someone on a bike grinning - we don't spend our whole life smiling, but we all strive to feel as content as possible. Being at home with and familiar with green technologies and practices is just as important and this is an opportunity to show off the exciting activism and green work from your students’ union!

The prize will go to the union that submits the most inspiring photograph showing off projects, campaigns or activism within their student movement.

How to enter:
1. The union has submitted a photograph as per this Guidance Note before the deadline of noon on Tuesday December 14th 2010.
2. Unions planning on taking part do not need to register beforehand.
3. To enter please email a photo to: by noon Tuesday December 14th 2010.
4. The image submitted needs to be taken by a student.
5. Please email 1 image only in jpeg format of no more than 2 megabytes.
6. The submitted image should be 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. If your photograph is selected to be shortlisted we will require an image at 300dpi, so please keep a copy at 300dpi until all shortlisted unions have been announced.
7. The image should include a caption of no more than 20 words.
8. Each union should submit up to 100 words with their submission explaining the background to the entry.

All photographs entered will be shortlisted by a panel of three with equal weighting to each:
1. NUS – to judge how the photograph demonstrates the work of students’ unions
2. Ecologist team – to judge on the quality of the photo-journalism and idea
3. Independent photography expert– to judge on technical proficiency

After you have entered:
Entries will be featured on where users of the Ecologist website and students will get an opportunity to view and vote on the best photo.

The Prize:
The students’ union who submits the winning photograph will receive the Ecologist Communications Challenge Award at the Green Impact Students’ Unions ceremony at Annual Dinner on Wednesday 20th April 2011. The Union who took the winning shot will get the chance to work with the editor of the Ecologist to create a photostory on a key environmental issue, which will be published on the website in 2011. Please note this commission will be unpaid.

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