About the Climate Change Photo Essay Prize 2023

Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, and the objective behind the Climate Change Photo Essay Prize is to encourage young people to engage with the issue in their local communities. For that reason, we are thrilled to launch the prize with the theme: Climate change and your community. Entrants are asked to submit a photo essay of three to five photographs that tell a cohesive story and address the theme.

The first annual Climate Change Photo Essay Prize was open for entries until 09 June 2023. The prize was open to young people aged 18 to 30 from Africa and its diaspora. Entrants did not need to be professional photographers or artists — all were encouraged to enter. Entry into the prize was free, and applicants retain full image copyrights (See Ethical and Legal Guidelines below).

The Climate Change Photo Essay Prize is run by Africa Soft Power (ASP), in association with African Women Board (AWB) as part of the ‘Road to 100 Million Climate Soldiers in Africa’ campaign. The campaign is focused on climate education, which we view as the first step in securing climate solutions. Our goal is to educate and empower 100 million young Africans in the fight against climate change, which we will measure through the reach of each of the campaign’s projects.

Finalists will have their work shown in a series of international exhibitions.

Winner and finalists (2023)

Doux Free


Eiseke Bolaji


Emerson Lawson


Abubakar Sadiq Mustapha


Judging panel

Global Tour

The Africa Center | New York

Sept 15

The Africa Centre | London

Oct 11 – 20
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Art Week | Lagos

Nov 02 – 07
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COP28 | Dubai


Entries close Sunday 30th April 2023 extended to Friday 9th June