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5’s Sustainability Champion Photo Contest

5’s Sustainability Champion Photo Contest

Words: 5

Photos: Various

UPDATE: Voting is now closed. Votes are being reviewed and further updates will be provided soon.

Choose your winner

The time has come to choose the two winners in 5’s Sustainability Champion Photo Contest.

Our jury of top visual storytellers have examined all the shortlisted entries for the 5 Jury Prize, and the first round of public voting for the 5 Community Prize is complete. We can now reveal the 10 finalists: five for each prize.

The jury will now select the winner of the 5 Jury Prize. As for which photo wins the 5 Community Prize – you decide. Vote below for your favourite of the five.

The winner of each prize will receive €2500, along with a coaching session or portfolio review with one of our jury members, a takeover of 5’s Instagram account to showcase their work, and more.

You can vote for the winner of the 5 Community Prize until Friday 4 June. The winners of both prizes will be announced by 20 June.

Check out the amazing photos below, and get voting!

Full terms and conditions for the contest can be found here.


Tell us which photo you think should win the Sustainability Champion Community Prize.

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Anel Hotic

Anel Hotic took this photo of Medina, who was collecting trash on the banks of the Sana river in Kljuc, Bosnia, with the help of her old German boxer, who helps by finding and collecting plastic bottles. The river’s name means ‘healthy’, and Medina helps make sure it lives up to the name. Anel says Medina’s “passion and love for cleaning this river and environment cannot be replaced by anything material”.

Voted 131219votes
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Knar Ohanjanyan

Knar Ohanjanyan photographed student Tim Gellings, who is vegan. Tim is “a low-key sustainability champion”, says Knar. “He doesn’t force or actively persuade anyone to become vegan, but when you see his lifestyle, you naturally become curious about how he does that: stays fit, gets all the nutrients and still has nice food… I wanted to show that there are people around us like Tim who live relatively sustainably without any losses because stuainatable lifestyle is their norm.”

Voted 15413votes
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Kaj Lergaard

Kaj Lergaard photographed designer Tytti Sofia Hongisto using a build-it-yourself pinhole camera. Tytti wants to change the future of fashion by creating garments purely from textile waste and sustainable materials. “Transforming waste and renewing something unwanted into something valuable and practical, a new product, new life – that’s what I find beautiful,” says Tytti.

Voted 11253votes
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Sandra Ramirez Giraldo

Sandra Ramírez captured this image of Vitelio Cenepo Pinedo in Pukka Shungo, Peru. The Cenepo Pinedo family are custodians of 200 hectares of native forest, and bearers of memories sheltered among centuries-old trees. The leaf represents “a bond and a pact with the earth”, says Sandra.

Voted 49333votes
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Katernya Konieva

Kateryna Konieva captured this shot of Mimi Chung, who set up an edible vertical garden at her home in Singapore, so she no longer has to shop for vegetables. Kateryna says urban farmers like Mimi “have proved that it is possible to grow your own food in a dense city like Singapore”.

Voted 191052votes

The jury

See the professionals who’ll be judging the winning photos below and read interviews with a selection of our jury members here.

Mika Aberra

Mika is a photographer and cinematographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who has worked with brands including Apple, The North Face, Mercedes-Benz and H&M. He says he is always striving to convey emotion through images, and to create something “that feels honest and transparent”.

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Oghalé Alex

Oghalé is a Nigerian-American Photographer, working in London, England and Phoenix, Arizona. Oghalé is determined to change the negative narratives surrounding black men and women, by capturing them in different dignified ways, and expressing feelings of togetherness. His shots have been published in magazines including Nataal and Viewpoint Colour, and he currently has work on exhibition at the English National Portrait Gallery.

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Kid Circus

Kid Circus (also known as Michael) is a portrait and fashion photographer from London. His first passion was landscapes, architecture and street photography, and from there he got into portraiture. He shoots mostly on film, explaining: “I just feel the process means I have to be way more intentional with every click, and I believe the slower pace helps me to better build a connection with my subjects.”

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Vitalik Denys

Vitalik is a photographer based in Lviv, Ukraine, focusing on fashion and beauty, conceptual and advertising photography. He likes to explore human nature through the lens of his camera, reflecting emotions and giving subjects the freedom to express themselves. Vitalik says: “Photography documents reality, depicts aesthetics, and shows how precious life and the beauty of our world is. But it’s also visual poetry; it can appeal to our hearts, change our perception.” He was a finalist in 5’s Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest in 2020.



Ana Carolina Fernandes

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Carolina had a passion for photography from a young age. Inspired by her father’s job on a newspaper, and became a photojournalist herself. Her influences include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum and Brazilian photographers Maureen Bisiliat and Claudia Andujar, who have documented Brazil’s immense backlands and indigenous tribes. Today Ana Carolina works on documentary projects “with a humanist vision”.

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Marta Julia Johansen

Marta is 5’s visual director. She has many years of experience as a graphic designer and art director in sectors including theatre, fashion, TV and food. She has worked with numerous leading photographers on commercial and editorial projects.



Denisse Ariana Pérez

Denisse is a Caribbean-born, Barcelona-based copywriter and photographer. She is obsessed with words, people and imagery and finding ways to make them speak to one another. She studied in interactive art direction at Hyper Island in Stockholm, Sweden, and currently works as a freelance senior creative.

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Mishael Phillip

Mishael Phillip is a photographer working in London and Copenhagen. He teaches at the Danish photography school Fatamorgana.



Misha Vallejo Prut

Misha is an Ecuadorian photojournalist who describes his work as lying in the border between documentary and art. He was a finalist in 5’s Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest in 2020. His work has been published in Vice, the New York Times Lens and Geo, and has been exhibited at the Lumix Festival of Young Visual Journalism in Germany, the Bronx Documentary Center and the Rencontres de la Photographie festival in France.

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