During the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the winning photographs of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest were exhibited in the “Nature-Based Solutions” Pavillion, with support from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. On the afternoon of November 18th the final winners of the contest were announced in this pavillion.

We received over 200 photos of ecosystems around the globe between July 25th and October 5th of this year, within the categories Wild Beauty and The Changing World. 40 pictures were classified in the first round and were then rated by a qualified jury in order to choose the winning photos for each of the two categories. This distinguished international jury panel was made up by: Antonio Briceño (Spain), Arianna Arteaga Quintero (Venezuela), Christopher Clarke (Australia), James Watson (Australia), Lucía Pizzani (England), Nelson Hippolyte (USA), and Roberto Mata (Venezuela).

Wild Beauty

1° place 2° place 3° place
“Laurel forest, a relic ecosystem of the Tertiary age”
Annelie Fincke
Garajonay National Park/ World Heritage Site, Island of La Gomera, Spain 
  “The Source of Life”
Julia Leijola
Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia
“Laguna Natural”
Diana Liz Duque Sandoval
Reserva Forestal Caparo, Estado Barinas, Venezuela 
“Cloud flow”
Sara Larcombe
Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand


The Changing World


1° place 2° place 3° place
“Hiking in Val Grande”
Paula Nieto Quintano
Pian Cavallone, Val Grande National Park, Italy
Elie Poulin
Kerguelen Island 
  “The changing Homo sapiens”
Yntze van der Hoek
Entasekera, Loita Hills (between Masai Mara and Rift Valley), Kenya 
“Lonesome tree, Torridon”
David Lintern
Torridon, Northwest highlands, Scotland

In the following video you can see all the winning photos, including 1st and 2nd round:

According to these results, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team is pleased to announce that these 8 photographs are the first, second, and third place winners of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest for each of the contest categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World).

As indicated in section 4 of the official rules of the contest the award shall be “The winning photographs will be published online on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website as well as in promotional printed materials, in CEM’s sole discretion.” where will be appointed the respective authoring in all cases.

We would like to thank all participants for contributing in spreading the world about our world’s ecosystems and their degree of human intervention.

Congratulations to the contest winners and thank you for your support and participation!