But also old trees, stones or bizarrely shaped mountains cast a spell over us. These are places boasting the extraordinary beauty of nature, where time seems to stand still. It’s in these places, where people had erected ritual sites, that we gather new strength and perceive the energies surrounding us. (Category: General – Places of energy in nature)
Since time immemorial, people have used energy from wind, sun, water, earth and renewable resources. Renewable (= alternative or regenerative) energy sources renew themselves or grow again, as opposed to fossil and nuclear (= conventional) energy sources, which only regenerate over millions of years. Alternative energy technologies mostly use radiation energy of the sun: in the form of solar heat and photovoltaics or in the form of biomass, wind power and hydropower. In order to have a climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable energy future, it is of central importance to systematically change from conventional to renewable energy sources (Category: Theme 1 – Renewable energy vs. conventional energy).
In order to secure a sustainable energy future, we need to reduce our energy consumption. We can do this by using energy-efficient devices and by changing our behaviour e.g. by turning off the lights upon leaving a room, by reducing the room temperature in winter, by not heating little-used rooms or by driving less by car (Category: Theme 2 Saving energy).
Energy transition and implementation of sustainable energy supply is an important issue in the Upper Rhine region as well. Already in 2006, the German/French/Swiss Upper Rhine Conference signed a common cross-border climate protection strategy and set itself the target of making the Upper Rhine region a model region for energy as well as promoting sustainable development. (All categories: special prizes for the region Landscape of the Year 2013/14 Upper Rhine Valley)
Entries for the NFI-Photo Championship 2014 are invited in the following competition categories:
General: digitals only
(A1) Places of energy in nature (colour)
(A2) Places of energy in nature (black/white)
Themes: digitals only
(T1) Renewable energy vs. conventional energy (contrastive pairs: 2×2)
(T2) Saving energy
FIAP-Patronage 2014/103; VÖAV-Patronage 25/2014; IIWF-Patronage 2014/25
Rules for entry
The competition is open to all photographers the world over. Each photographer is entitled to enter 4 works per competition category. Entry of works implies authors’ acceptance of the rules for entry. Entries not complying with the terms set out in the invitation will be excluded.