Announcing the winners of the EGU21 Photo Competition!

Announcing the winners of the EGU21 Photo Competition!

For this year’s Photo Contest, EGU received scores of amazing images capturing a broad spectrum of the geosciences. After the selection committee whittled the field down to 10 finalists, members have been voting for their favourites throughout the two weeks of vEGU21. We’ve had thousands of votes, but now we are very excited to announce the winners.


Congratulations to these superb photographers!


The dunes of Khongoryn Els by Martin Mergili

Gobi desert , Mongolia. The rich feeding grounds at the front are supported by water leaking from the dune system which, though superficially dry, serves as a huge water reservoir.


Path to NEOWISE — remembering one of the most memorable moments from a difficult year by S. Mubashshir Ali

A clear summer day in July 2020 provided a perfect view of the NEOWISE comet. After waiting for an hour, I got the perfect light trails thanks to the two cars crossing making it seem like on the path to the comet.


Sea ice in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica by Andrew Elvidge

The setting sun and clouds are reflected in the still water, interrupted by sea ice floes. Despite the ice being more reflective (having a higher albedo) than the water, its surface is rougher, resulting in the reflected light being more scattered and the mirror effect being lost. Such differences in surface properties make sea ice the dominant control on air-sea exchange processes in the polar oceans. These exchange processes exert a significant influence on the weather and climate of the mid to high latitudes; on ocean circulation and deep water formation; and on the extent, thickness and transport of sea ice.


Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and others) can submit their photographs and videos to this repository and, since it is open access, these images can be used for free by scientists for their presentations or publications, by educators and the general public, and some images can even be used freely for commercial purposes. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. Submit your photos at

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Hazel Gibson is Head of Communications at the European Geosciences Union. She is responsible for the management of the Union's social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU's official blog, GeoLog. She has a PhD in Geoscience Communication and Cognition from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hazel tweets @iamhazelgibson.

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