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Earth Day 2023 Photography and Poetry Competition


Are you an eagle-eyed photographer? A gifted poet? 

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day (22 April), Cambridge Zero are running a Photography and Poetry Competition for all students at the University of Cambridge.  

We want to recognise the wealth of creative talent we have in the University community through the lens of climate and the environment. We welcome submissions from all levels of experience.  

Submissions are open now and close at midnight on Sunday 16 April 2023. Submit your photos and poems here:  

We will celebrate the winners of the competition by posting their submissions on our website and social media. We aim to post these on Earth Day (22 April).  



The theme for the competition is ‘Interdependence’. This is inspired by the recent IPCC Report (AR6), which summarises global research and emphasises the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis.  

The introduction of the IPCC AR6 Summary for Policymakers reads, “This report recognizes the interdependence of climate, ecosystems and biodiversity, and human societies; the value of diverse forms of knowledge; and the close linkages between climate change adaptation, mitigation, ecosystem health, human well-being and sustainable development, and reflects the increasing diversity of actors involved in climate action.” 

Submissions will be judged by our panel of judges. The panel will be looking for relationship to the theme, originality and technical quality of the submission.  



  1. Photographs must be taken and poems must be written by the individual who submits them. 

  1. An individual can submit up to three entries to the competition, which can be a mix of photography and poetry submissions.  

  1. All images must be submitted in a digital format.  

  1. All poetry submissions must be uploaded as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.  

  1. Entries must be submitted by the deadline (midnight on Sunday 16 April 2023) in order to be considered by the judges.  

  1. Students will retain ownership of the photographs and/or poems that they submit as part of the competition.  

  1. By submitting your entry to the competition, you grant permission for Cambridge Zero to post and share your photographs and/or poems (including but not limited to posting on social media and the Cambridge Zero website). All reproductions of your submission will be credited.  



Submissions are now open! You can submit your poems and photographs for Cambridge Zero’s Earth Day Photography and Poetry Competition here:  

Submissions close at midnight on Sunday 16 April 2023.  

If you have any issue uploading your submissions to the form, or if you have any questions about the competition, please email 

Submissions will be judged by our panel of creative experts and winning submissions will be posted on Earth Day 2023 (22 April).  



A panel of creatives will judge the submissions for this competition. So far, these judges include: 

  • Dr Lisa Mullen, Teaching Associate at English Faculty and Bye Fellow at Queens’ College 

  • Domininkas Zalys, Vice President of Cambridge University Photographic Society (PhoCUs), photographer and director – see Dom’s work here:

  • Ewan Campbell, composer, conductor and curator, directs the Wilderness Orchestra, Director of Studies and Director of Music in Churchill College and Murray Edwards College