Green spaces, parks, and gardens connect people in cities to nature and plants filter the air, reducing carbon dioxide levels in green urban areas significantly.

It is estimated that more than 60% of the land projected to become urbanised in the next 20 years is currently undeveloped. Most of the growth is expected to take place in what are today small and medium-sized cities, creating a great opportunity to ensure a better balance between the built environment and nature.

Quality of life and biodiversity can be improved through inclusion of green spaces. Vertical forests are now possible and, through wall and rooftop gardens, cities can also incorporate some aspects of food production.

"60% of the land projected to become urban by 2030 is currently undeveloped"
Jan Brykczyński

Jan Brykczyński

Polish

Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.

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Mimi Mollica

Mimi Mollica

Italian

Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo Lopez Luz

Mexican

Professional Commission Third Prize Winner for his artistic approach to the concept of “landscape”.

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Holly Lynton

Holly Lynton

American

Open Competition First Prize Winner for “Turkey Madonna”.

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Vitaliy Popkov

Vitaliy Popkov

Ukrainian

Open Competition Second Prize Winner for “Energy Carriers”.

André François

André François

Brazilian

Open Competition Third Prize Winner for his images from the Mukuru slum in Kenya.