Discover Barents Photography Competition 2020

Take part in the photography contest “The Corona virus impact on Barents” and win 1.200 Euro!


The Discover Barents Photography Competition has been launched today, and anyone interested in photography is invited to participate! This photography contest has focus on the Barents region, and for the first time it was initiated by the County of Kainuu (Finland) in 2017, during their leadership of the Barents Regional Council.

The overall goal of the competition is the developing and strengthening cross-border co-operation in the Barents region. Other purpose is to support joint promotion of the Barents region and make it more visible. The theme of the first Barents Photography Competition was nature, and the contest was a big success.

Discover Barents Photography Competition 2020 – The Coronavirus impact on Barents

The County administrative board of Västerbotten (Sweden), chairing the Barents Regional Council in 2019-2021, continues the competition in 2020 and hopes that it will become a biannual event circulating between chairing regions and implemented by them. The theme of the competition 2020 is the Coronavirus impact on Barents.

The competition is open to everyone and can be entered by submitting corona virus situation-related images shot in the Barents area.  Please, note that only photos with the consent of the persons depicted in the pictures can be published and take part in the contest. We hope through the competition to gain access to high-quality photographs of youth in the Barents region, which can be used to promote this beautiful region.  

The competition period is November 2, 2020 – January 4, 2020, after which an international jury will select the winners during February 2021. The winners will be announced by March 5, 2021. The results of the competition will be published in the websites and on March 5, 2021. All winners will be notified in person, provided appropriate contact information has been submitted.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:
The I Prize: 1.200 Euros
The II Prize: 850 Euros
The III Prize: 600 Euros

A price for the most liked picture
In addition to the three best pictures, selected by the jury, the most liked image on Instagram under the hashtag #coronainbarents will be announced as the winner of the general vote and rewarded with an honorable mention. The most liked image on Instagram does not have the same requirements as pixel size as the images selected by a jury. The same picture can’t win the honorable mention and the general vote.

The Photography The general vote ends at the same time as the contest, i.e. on January 4, 2021. Competition will be promoted on social media using the hashtags #discoverbarents and #coronainbarents.

The main winner will be contacted by the county administrative board in Västerbotten for information about the price reception.

For additional information, please contact

Elisabeth Björkman County Administrative board of Västerbotten +47 0 214 27 30