RURITAGE Photo contest – CLOSED

Update: On behalf of the organizing committee and the RURITAGE Consortium, we would like to thank you for your patience. 
Our Evaluation Panel has concluded their selection process. The Panel has evaluated all entries under strict, anonymous conditions, following the RURITAGE Photo Contest Rules and Selection Criteria.
The consortium is performing some additional checks on the compliance of the selected pictures and winners will be publicly announced as soon as we certify all the requirements are met.

Do you want to show the world what makes your rural area special? Help us see it the way you do!

Take part in the RURITAGE photo contest!

This photo contest is organised by ICLEI Europe in the framework of the RURITAGE project .

Our RURITAGE community is formed by many rural areas from all over the world. Many of them are hidden treasures with a unique identity that only locals have been lucky enough to enjoy… up to now!


The RURITAGE photo contest is a unique opportunity for local communities to showcase the potential of the natural and cultural heritage of their rural areas. We want to discover what it is like to see those areas from the local point of view and to understand what is distinctive and special about them.

While the overarching topic of the photo contest is the natural and cultural heritage of rural areas, participants can submit pictures that reflect one or several of the following aspects: nature, architecture, daily life, activities, traditions, challenges, Pilgrimage, Resilience, Landscape, Food, Migration or Art & Festivals.

The photo contest is focused on the following territories:

1. Karavanke/Karawanken UNESCO Global Geopark (Austria/Slovenia)
2. Magma UNESCO Global Geopark
3. Geo-Naturpark Bergstrasse-Odenwald (UNESCO Global Geopark) (Germany)
4. Festival of Love in Negova village (Slovenia)
5. Appignano del Tronto (Italy)
6. Izmir Geopark in Gediz-Bakircay Basins (Turkey)
7. Hidden Heartlands (Ireland)
8. St. Olav Waterway (Finland)
9. I Cammini Di Francesco (Italy)
10. Marinas Corunesas Biosphere Reserve (Spain)
11. Lower Prut Biosphere Reserve (Republic of Moldova)
12. Styrian Eisenwurzen Geopark (Austria)
13. Restad gard Migration Centre (Sweden)
14. Meseta Iberica Biosphere Reserve (Portugal)
15. Cincu (Romania)
16. Ripe San Ginesio (Italy)
17. Ifugao Houses (Philippines)
18. Tetritskaro (Georgia)
19. Causeway Coast (UK)
20. Historic vineyards in Santa Maria (Portugal)
21. Battir (Palestine)
22. Ostarp Museum (Sweden)
23. Terre Astigiane Ecomuseum (Italy)
24. Via Mariae (Romania)
25. French Santiago Way through Castilla & Leon (Spain)
26. Take Art, County of Somerset (UK)
27. Austrått and Ørland landscape (Norway)
28. Lesvos Islands Global UNESCO Geopark (Greece)
29. Colombian Coffee UNESCO Culture Landscape (Colombia)
30. Douro Cultural Landscape (Spain/Portugal)
31. Visegrád (Hungary)
32. Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland)
33. Human resilience in South Iceland Katla Geopark (Iceland)
34. Resilience in Crete Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark and NHMC (Greece)
35. Agro-food production in Apulia (Italy)
36. PIAM- Migrants hospitality in the Asti Province (Italy)

  • Rules and selection criteria:
    • English version: here
    • Greek version (by courtesy of the University of Crete): here
    • Spanish version (by courtesy of AEICE): here
    • Italian version (by courtesy of the Municipality of Appignano del Tronto): here
  • FAQ:
    • English version: here
    • Spanish version (by courtesy of AEICE): here

Note: In case of lack of consistency between the original English version and the corresponding translations, the English version will prevail.

Ready to participate? Enter submission form by clicking at this link.