Wind Power Photo Contest Fights NIMBYism

Shutterbugs — do you revel in the sight of the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm‘s many wind turbines spinning in the mountains of Southern California? Or perhaps the sun setting behind the offshore turbines of the United Kingdom’s Thanet Wind Farm? If so, you could have a shot at €1,000 in goods from Amazon and a shot at having your work shared around the world in celebration of Global Wind Day on June 15.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has announced a global wind energy photography competition, open to one and all, entitled (appropriately enough), “Wind in Mind.” Photographers are invited to take that and run with it, giving free rein to their imaginations in showing wind energy technology in a new way.

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An expert jury will judge the entries, with winners announced shortly after Global Wind Day. The top winner will receive a voucher good for €1,000 at Amazon, while five runners-up will receive a €250 voucher. The overall winning photo will also become part of an online professional photography collection, and be published in renewable energy newspaper ‘Recharge‘ and in the European wind energy industry magazine Wind Directions. Additionally, all of the winning pictures will be displayed outdoors in the EU area of Brussels.

Need some inspiration? “I can’t think of a better subject for a contemporary photo competition than wind energy,” said Julian Scola, communication director of the EWEA, organizers of the Global Wind Day alongside the Global Wind Energy Council, in a statement. “Wind turbines are an icon: symbols of the fight against climate change, of sustainability, of our modern age. While some people noisily oppose wind turbines, there are many others who love them and find them a graceful addition to our landscape.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.