International Mountain Day

#MountainsMatter

Celebrate mountain biodiversity and enter the International Mountain Day photo contest

Did you know that half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are found in mountains?

Mountains are home to an extraordinary range of plants and animals, from endangered mountain gorillas, snow leopards and condors to rare and strikingly beautiful plants such as orchids and lobelias. Many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species also originate in mountains, including potatoes, apples, tomatoes, alpacas, yaks and goats. At the same time, mountain ecosystems and their biodiversity provide us with many goods and services, such as food and medicine, climate and air quality regulation, and attractive landscapes for tourism.

Help to celebrate this extraordinary mountain biodiversity by entering our photo contest for International Mountain Day on 11 December and you could win an action camera.

All you need to do is take a photo of an extraordinary or unusual mountain plant, crop or animal, or a mountain landscape with high biodiversity. They might have an interesting appearance, behave in unexpected ways, provide unique benefits, or they might be extraordinary because of what they represent for local communities.

You can enter the contest in one of three categories, depending on your age, and one winner in each category will receive an action camera. 

  • Children from 6 to 14 years old
  • Youth aged 15 to 24 years old
  • Adults over the age of 24 years old

Disclaimer: participants under the age of 18 are required to have the consent of their parent or legal custodian.

By submitting a photo showcasing mountain biodiversity, you can help raise awareness about the priceless varieties of crops, plants and animals found in mountains.  

How do I enter?

To enter the contest, just follow these three steps:

1. Take a photo of an extraordinary and unusual mountain plant, crop, animal or landscape. 

2. Fill in the online entry form, tell us what your photo shows and why that particular species is so extraordinary and unusual, and attach the photo. 

3. Don’t forget to post your photo if you have a Twitter, Flickr or Instagram account, using the hashtag #MountainsMatter.

Deadline for entries is 14 November 2020 (12 p.m. CET).

Submit your photo

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