Global Wind Day Photo Competition — Winners Announced!

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The winners of this year’s Global Wind Day photo competition were recently announced by the European Wind Energy Agency and the Global Wind Energy Council. The striking photographs were chosen out of a wide file of entrants — with only one photo from each of the five continents/regional divisions selected as a winner. And of the five regional winners — the global winner was then chosen.

Regional Winner Image Credit: Global Wind Day
Regional Winner
Image Credit: Global Wind Day

You can view all 6 winners over on the Global Wind Day website.

The five regional divisions were Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australasia — the winning photos certainly seem to do a good job reflecting the characteristics of the regions in which they were taken. And the competition was certainly a success — more than 1,000 submissions were received in total, from 67 different countries.

“The winning picture is clearly taken at a crucial moment in the installation of a new wind turbine,” states Julian Scola, the Communication Director of the European Wind Energy Association.

The overall global winner, Joan Sullivan, explains the origin of her photo (not picture here): “In 2005, during a family vacation in Ireland, I photographed my first wind turbine, and something just went off in my head, like a lightbulb, that this is my calling… I have dedicated my second 50 years to documenting the rapid expansion of wind and other forms of renewable energy in the context of climate change. I hope that my photographs will contribute positively to the global dialogue about the inevitable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”

Regional Winner Image Credit: Global Wind Day
Regional Winner
Image Credit: Global Wind Day



The competition winners were selected by a jury containing a variety of notable photographers, including (among others): Mark Edwards (Hard Rain Project), Erik Luntang (Inspirit), Robert van Waarden (freelance photographer), and Simon Bogle (Recharge).

“With this year’s photo competition, we have been particularly impressed with the number of entries and with the wide geographical spread of submissions. It matches the spread of wind energy as a symbol of a clean and sustainable future and shows that the technology has an aesthetic value in itself” said Julian Scola, Communication Director at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Make sure that you check out Global Wind Day so that you can see all of the winners, including the global winner. And make sure that you enter next year’s competition. 🙂


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