Winners of Hague nature photo contest announced

Published: 4 September 2018Modified: 17 September 2018

Nearly 200 residents of The Hague took photos of their ultimate summer moment in The Hague’s outdoors. The most beautiful photos will be displayed in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall from 12 to 28 September 2018. There you can also see the winners of the photo contest.

The jury was especially enthusiastic about how different the photo submissions were: from gorgeous landscapes to extraordinary insects. It proves that everybody sees and experiences the city’s nature in a different way. The jury awarded a prize to 3 photos.

Beautiful contrast

The 1st prize went to Nana El Marouanino. She photographed a beautiful sunset in Ypenburg with the contours of the water fowl in the foreground. The jury: ‘At the end of a sweltering summer day, humans and animals prepare to go to sleep. This photo provides a glimpse into animal life in an urban environment and it beautifully combines the contrast between the 2 worlds which are both separate as well as strongly bound together.’

De 1e prijs gaat naar Nana El Marouanino

Mystical and romantic

Pepijn van der Kellen won 2nd prize with his photo. The jury was impressed by the stillness this photo emanated: ‘Mystical, romantic and peaceful. This photo has it all. You feel compelled to go to this spot.’

De 2e prijs gaat naar Pepijn van der Kellen

A Hague icon

The 3rd prize went to the lovely stork by Annet ter Avest. 'The stork, icon of The Hague’s nature. This photo perfectly captures how this ultra-Dutch bird majestically flies through The Hague’s summer air', according to the jury.

De 3e prijs gaat naar Annet ter Avest

The jury

The jury was represented by Tonja van Gorp, project leader of IVN Zuid-Holland, Valerie Kuypers, photographer, and Martin van den Hoorn, city ecologist. Martin and his colleague Esther Vogelaar are working on a new policy document on The Hague’s nature. The document will make use of these images.

More information

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