Student Photo Contest

What does a changing climate in Georgia look like to you? What do climate solutions in Georgia look like to you? Submit your photos by October 15!


​The Georgia Climate Project is excited to announce a Student Photo Contest for college and university students. The top photo submissions will be displayed this November 7-8 at the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.

The Georgia Climate Project strives to create healthier conversation around climate change by highlighting stories of Georgians whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by climate change, as well as the practical steps they are taking to respond to climate change.

What should my photo be about?

We are looking for photos that discuss either:

  1. The impacts of climate change on Georgia; and/or
  2. Climate solutions in Georgia. Climate solutions include efforts to either (a) adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change and/or (b) reduce net greenhouse gas emissions

All photo submissions must be accompanied by a title and caption. Use this caption space to explain how your photo is related to a climate change impact or solution in Georgia.

Please note: we are looking for climate-specific photos that address either of the above categories. Photos about sustainability or the environment more broadly do not count unless there is a clear climate connection. For example, if you were to submit a photo about reducing plastic waste, land conservation, or efforts to clean drinking water (all fantastic things!), please be crystal clear about how these efforts relate to climate per se.

Climate story ideas

If you would like to learn more about climate change, these videos discuss basic information and common misconceptions. To see some examples of photos that tell a story about climate change, visit the Georgia Climate Project Instagram page.

Visit the following links for more ideas about climate stories in Georgia.

Example photo and caption

Besides including a well-thought out photo, a successful entry needs to appropriately explain the climate story connection to the photo. Here's an example.

Docks along the Wilmington River in Savannah, GA after Hurricane Michael

Docks like these could become a more familiar sight for property owners in coastal Georgia with the increasing intensity and frequency of hurricanes due to climate change. Pictured are docks along the Wilmington River in Savannah, GA after Hurricane Michael that cost the state of Georgia $2.5 billion in economic losses.

Simply stating, "Property damage after Hurricane Michael in Savannah, GA" would not be a sufficient explanation to be a climate story.


First Prize

$300 cash prize -- Photos will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the Georgia Climate Project

Fan Favorite

​$200 cash prize -- This prize will be awarded to the photo that receives the most number of votes from attendees at the Georgia Climate Conference

Top 10

Printed photo -- The top 10 photos, as selected by our judges, will be printed and displayed at the Georgia Climate Conference (these photos will be eligible for the Fan Favorite prize)

For more information on the Georgia Climate Conference that will be hosted at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA this November 7-8, visit our conference website.


  1. The photo must be taken within the state of Georgia and be related to climate change impacts or solutions
  2. The photo must be original content taken by the student submitting it
  3. The photo must have been taken within the last year
  4. The photo must have a title
  5. The photo must have a caption answering where and when the photo taken, what/who is the subject, and how the photo relates to a climate change impact or solution in Georgia
  6. If there is someone in the photo, they must consent to being photographed
  7. Each student may submit up to 5 photos
  8. Photo must have dimensions for a 16 x 20 print and be at least 4000 pixels on the long direction (If you are shooting with an iPhone 7 or newer, these photos should have sufficient resolution)
  9. First prize photo not eligible for fan favorite award
  10. Each submission gives the Georgia Climate Project permission to use their photo in Georgia Climate Project social media and digital platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the organization website.
  11. Deadline to submit a photo is Friday, October 15, 2019 at midnight


To submit a photo you must be a university or college student, 18 years or older, and enrolled at least part time in courses (8 credit hours or more). Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to enter the contest.


  • Photos will be judged by a panel of five on both their artistic ability and their relevance to climate impacts or climate solutions within Georgia.
  • Each photo will be given a score from 1-10 in each of the following categories:
    1. Artistic design
    2. Ability to portray a climate change-related impact or solution in Georgia
    3. Quality of photo submitted
  • The scores will be tallied with the top 10 highest scored photos being chosen for the final 10.
  • The judges will pick the 1 highest scored photo to win the top prize of $400 and during the conference attendees will be able to vote on each of the top 10 photos to choose the fan favorite prize of $300.
  • Each of the top 10 photos will be professionally printed and displayed at the conference.
  • Owners of these photos will be able to take their printed photos home with them after the conference.

Submission Details

Submissions are due by midnight Tuesday, October 15th 2019.

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