Winners of the COP23 Pacific Photo Competition

The 39 images showcase the effects of and response to climate change from around the Pacific, as seen through the lenses of local amateur photographers.

The competition received more than 200 submissions from photographers in 10 Pacific island countries, highlighting the similar threats that island nations face as a result of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changes to agriculture.

The images were selected by a panel of judges at the COP23 Secretariat for their creativity, quality, originality, relevance and overall impact.

Click on any of the images to learn more about them and the photographers who took them.

All photographs submitted to the COP23 Presidency Secretariat during the Pacific Photo Competition (“Competition”), open from 10 July to 25 August, are owned by and property of the original photographers. By entering the Competition, photographers granted the COP23 Presidency Secretariat a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any COP23 Presidency purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the Presidency and its website, exhibition and Presidency publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit where feasible. Replication, reuse, sale or distribution of any photographs by third-parties is strictly prohibited without the prior consent of the owner. Photographers are solely responsible for their entries to the Competition. All captions represent the opinions and views of the individual photographers and are not necessarily those of the COP23 Presidency or the Republic of Fiji. The laws of the Republic of Fiji apply to the Competition.