The second Syngenta Photography Award: Call for Entries

Published on 29th April 2014

•  Competition explores global challenges through compelling images
•  The Award theme is “Scarcity-Waste”
•  Open to professionals and amateurs, with $65,000 in prizes on offer  
Syngenta today announced that the second Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries. The Award  aims  to  stimulate  dialogue  and  create  awareness around significant global challenges through powerful photography.  

The Syngenta Photography Award invites professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications in two categories – the Professional Commission and  the  Open  Competition. The Award offers total prize money of $65,000, including a $25,000 professional commission. Images from the Award will be exhibited in March 2015 at Somerset House, one of London’s most celebrated arts and culture venues. 

The theme of the second Award is “Scarcity-Waste.” It draws attention to arguably the greatest challenge the world faces: how can we ensure there is enough land, food and water for  future  generations?  The resources we use and the waste we create today means we already need the equivalent of one and a half planets. 

Mike Mack, CEO of Syngenta, said: “The  success  of  the  inaugural  Syngenta Photography  Award  has  demonstrated  that  photography  is  a  powerful  medium  to foster a deeper understanding of global challenges, and has the ability to inspire us to find ways to create a more sustainable future.” 

Entries will be judged by a distinguished international panel chaired by author and curator William A. Ewing. “I am delighted to have been invited for the second time to  chair  the  jury  sessions  of  the  Syngenta  Photography  Award and be  part of  the inspiring jury discussions,” said Mr. Ewing. “I was deeply impressed with the quality of work submitted for the inaugural Award, and I now look forward to discover more outstanding work from professional and amateur photographers under a new theme.”  

The application deadline for both the Professional Commission and Open Competition is September 15, 2014.  

•  Media inquiries relating to the Syngenta Photography Award can be addressed to:  Anna  Cusden  or Melissa  Emery  at Sutton  PR, [email protected]  / [email protected], +44 (0)207 183 3577

The Award is free to enter

Applications  to the  Syngenta  Photography  Award  must  be  submitted  by completing the online application form at

The Professional Commission is for professional photographers whose major income is derived from photography. They are invited to submit between 5-10 images along with a creative project proposal related to this year’s “Scarcity-Waste” theme

The  Open  Competition  is  open  to  both  professional  and  amateur photographers.  They  are  invited  to  submit  between  1-3  images  exploring  the Scarcity-Waste theme

The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the end of November 2014

The winners will be announced at the Syngenta Photography Award ceremony in March 2015  

The members of the judging panel are: 

William  A.  Ewing  (Chair) – Curator,  Photography  Author,  Director  of  Curatorial Projects at Thames & Hudson Publishing (Canada)  Iatã Cannabrava – Photographer (Brazil)
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson – President, International, The New York Times (United Kingdom) 
Ekaterina Inozemtseva – Chief Curator at Multimedia Art Museum (Russia)
Marcus Lyon – Photographer (United Kingdom) 
Mike Mack – Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta (United States) 
Liu Heung Shing – Photographer and Photo Editor (China) 
Open Competition advisors:
Simon Roberts – Photographer (United Kingdom)
Malu Halasa – Writer and editor (Jordan / Philippines) 

The Syngenta Photography Award 

Launched  in  2012, the  Syngenta  Photography  Award  was  created  to  stimulate dialogue  around  key  global  challenges  and  to  establish  an  important  platform  to explore  issues  of  global  significance  through  photography.  For  the  inaugural competition, exploring the theme of Rural-Urban, 2,500 applicants from all over the world  submitted  their  photographs  to  the  Open  Competition, including  450 submissions from professional photographers for the commission. The Rural-Urban exhibition is available online:  

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