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About the ICP Awards

Seattle nature photographer Art Wolfe created a conservation-themed photography contest in 1997 as “an event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art.” The competition’s goals are:

The ICP Awards has become a biennial international event. This year, over 1,500 images were submitted by more than 300 photographers from nearly every continent.

All of the 2012 winning photographs are presented in an exhibit at the Burke Museum from June 30 - November 25, 2012, and a selection of the “Top 25” first and second place winners will be toured by the Burke’s Traveling Exhibits Service beginning in fall 2013. 

Categories of Awards

To see a complete list of the 2012 winning photographs, visit the ICP Awards website.

Canon Award
Selected by Art Wolfe, Competition founder

The Canon Award is given to the photographer whose image the ICP Awards founder, Art Wolfe, believes best exemplifies the core mission of the program: to advance photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art. Originally known as the Art Wolfe Award, it has been renamed in recognition of grand-prize sponsor Canon’s continuing commitment to this program.

Director’s Award
Selected by Chris Gorley, ICP Awards director

Community at Risk
Photographers were asked to submit images focusing on environmental threats and issues, particularly those pertaining to cities and urban areas. Images could address both positive and negative human impacts.

Documenting a Conservation Project
This competition category solicited series of images that document a conservation project in which the photographer is personally involved. Its goal is to encourage documentation of conservation projects on an ongoing basis, both locally and internationally.

Images in this category depict the beauty and diversity of plants, including endangered species and ecosystems.

Photographers submitting to this category were asked to depict the beauty and diversity found throughout the protected and unprotected natural landscapes of the world.

Natural Environment at Risk
This category solicited photographs depicting threats facing the world’s natural environments and resources.

Puget Sound at Risk
Sponsor: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
This special category invited photographers to submit work depicting environmental issues and human impacts on the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest.

Students enrolled in high school or college undergraduate programs were eligible to enter images that pertain to any of the subject categories in the competition.

Photographs in this category were judged for their beauty and the diversity of marine or freshwater animals or plants they depicted, including environmental and conservation themes.

This broad category sought images that depict the diversity of animal species, their behavior and habitat, including endangered species.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Photo by Timothy Brooks