Environmental awareness is everyone’s case. And it’s a process inextricably linked with our inherent need for beauty and the thirst for life, as proven by the massive participation in the photo contest “Click in Nature”, pertaining to the Natura areas in Greece, hosted by WWF Greece and the Photographer magazine.
Natura 2000 is the largest network of protected areas and one of the most valuable tools at our disposal for the preservation of our homeland’s rich natural heritage. Natura 2000 encompasses 446 areas throughout Greece, placing 299 species of plants and animals, 128, species of birds and 89 different types of habitats under its umbrella of protection. In other words, it safeguards the most valuable and sensitive features of Greek nature.
By shielding nature, we arm ourselves against the pivotal challenges of our times. As biodiversity loss and climate change take an unprecedented toll on our daily lives, life and health, it becomes crystal clear that environmental protection serves as the bedrock for a safe future.
A total number of 7,937 photos were submitted by 1,071 professional and amateur photographers between February 17, 2020 and March 30, 2021. The jury, comprised of Panagiotis Kaldis, editor-in-chief of the Photographer magazine, Iasonas Kantas, WWF Greece head of communication, and photographers Christos Vlachos, Loukas Chapsis and Andrea Bonetti, handpicked the 20+20 photos that stood out in both categories.
The partners of the LIFE-IP 4 NATURA project – the Ministry of Environment and Energy, University of Patras, Democritus University of Thrace, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, WWF Greece, The Hellenic Ornithological Society, the Region of Crete, the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the Region of Attica, the Decentralized Administration, of Epirus-Western Macedonia and the Green Fund – would like to address a warm thank you to all participants of the contest.
WWF Greece and Photographer magazine, the contest’s co-hosts, would also like to thank online store Photoagora.gr for providing part of the awards bestowed to the contest’s winners. The recipients of the top awards in the professional photographers’ section are Kyrillos Samaras (1st prize), Markos Houzouris (2nd prize) and Nikos Koutras (3rd prize). The recipients of the top awards in the amateur photographers’ section are Argyris Karamouzas (1st prize), Alexandros Malapetsas (2nd prize), Georgios Karkalis (3rd prize), Sotiris Zapantiotis (4th prize) and Christos Perdikomatis (5th prize).