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Naturefriends International Photo Championship 2014
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Topic: Energy in harmony with nature!
Impressive natural beauty, striking places and atmospheres have always exerted a strong pull on people. Hidden caves and canyons, remote valleys and paths, springs, water bodies, old churches and temples have been considered places of power and energy for centuries.




But also old trees, stones or bizarrely shaped mountains cast a spell over us. These are places boasting the extraordinary beauty of nature, where time seems to stand still. It's in these places, where people had erected ritual sites, that we gather new strength and perceive the energies surrounding us. (Category: General - Places of energy in nature)

Since time immemorial, people have used energy from wind, sun, water, earth and renewable resources. Renewable (= alternative or regenerative) energy sources renew themselves or grow again, as opposed to fossil and nuclear (= conventional) energy sources, which only regenerate over millions of years. Alternative energy technologies mostly use radiation energy of the sun: in the form of solar heat and photovoltaics or in the form of biomass, wind power and hydropower. In order to have a climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable energy future, it is of central importance to systematically change from conventional to renewable energy sources (Category: Theme 1 - Renewable energy vs. conventional energy).

In order to secure a sustainable energy future, we need to reduce our energy consumption. We can do this by using energy-efficient devices and by changing our behaviour  e.g. by turning off the lights upon leaving a room, by reducing the room temperature in winter, by not heating little-used rooms or by driving less by car (Category: Theme 2  Saving energy).

Energy transition and implementation of sustainable energy supply is an important issue in the Upper Rhine region as well. Already in 2006, the German/French/Swiss Upper Rhine Conference signed a common cross-border climate protection strategy and set itself the target of making the Upper Rhine region a model region for energy as well as promoting sustainable development. (All categories: special prizes for the region Landscape of the Year 2013/14 Upper Rhine Valley)

DiePrizes will, inter alia, come in the form of sojourns in tourism regions committed to sustainable development. In every category there will be a special prize for photos from the region Landscape of the Year 2013/14 Upper Rhine Valley.

  • Seven-day canoe tour, Western Pomeranian River District (Germany) «pdf»
  • Romantic weekend, Region Kuldiga (Latvia) «pdf»
  • Seven-day sojourn, Region Nin (Croatia) «pdf»

  • Weekend at the Naturefriends' house Feldberg, Landscape of the Year 2013/14, Baden-Württemberg (Germany) «pdf»


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