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Following two successful international photo competitions in 1991-1992 and 1994-1995, UNEP, generously supported by Canon Inc., invited photographers – professional and amateur, adults and young people – once again to show us the world as they saw it. The results were beautiful and horrific, charming and powerful.

From among the 16,690 entries from 160 countries, the judges selected just 124 entries as prize winners and winners of honorary mentions. All the photos in this issue of Our Planet are drawn from among these.

Based on the images submitted to the competition, UNEP, with the support of Canon Inc., is organizing a wide range of activities around the world to raise environmental awareness, starting with an exhibition and award ceremony in New York on 11 September 2000 and features in international magazines.

All the prize winners and honorary mentions can be viewed in the Focus on Your World Gallery on the One World website: www.oneworld.net/media/gallery/unep/









Gold Prize (Adult Division):
Hartmut Schwarzbach – Floating kids at Manila Bay





Gold Prize (Junior Division):
Miriam Koehler – Artificial Nature





UNEP Executive Director’s Special Prize:
Au Chin Ki – Seedling





The Canon Special Prize:
Luis Veiga – My Planet





The Digital Camera Special Prize:
Claudio Bacinello – Companions in the Mist





The International Photographic Council Scholarship:
Wang Xun – Lovely Little Goose




This issue:
Contents | Editorial K. Toepfer | The right to diversity | Gain, not pain | Changing course | From summit to summit | Empowering the poor | Secretary-General’s message | Focus On Your World | Competition | A critical priority | Flashing indicators | Sea changes | No wires attached | Now for vigorous action | Malmö Ministerial Declaration | Young, impatient and soon to be in charge | Green spot in Africa