Top 50 Photos: Wetlands Youth Photo Contest 2017

We are pleased to announce the Top 50 entries of the 2017 Wetlands Youth Photo Contest, which capture the theme "Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events."

We received over 700 entries from around the world and express our gratitude to all the youth who participated in the photo contest for the quality and variety of images submitted.

The  judges  and Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention will announce the overall winner of the photo contest including the six highly commended finalists shortly.

The winner of the photo contest will win a free flight to visit a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.

The global photo contest was organized from 2 February to 2 March 2017 to mark World Wetlands Day 2017 umbrella theme wetlands for disaster risk reduction and was open to anyone aged 18 to 25.

The Judges

Olivier Robert is a Belgian Fine Art photographer based in Switzerland, Geneva. He started photography at the age of 15. He also discovered Asia 30 years ago. This intense experience has drastically affected his way of life and his vision of the world. In 1995, he graduated from the Institute of landscape architecture in Belgium. From then on, he has devoted his work almost exclusively to water in landscapes using mainly long exposures. The influence of the man-made objects over the waterscapes in an important feature of his work.
He has carried out several photography projcets about Lakes, Coastlines and Wetlands from lake Geneva in Switzerland to lake Biwa in Japan.
He has produced an important collection of prints throughout his 20-year project about these lakes that have been exhibited and published many times in France, Switzerland and Japan.


Vitalis Hirschmann grew up in Bern, Switzerland and moved to Lausanne for studies in Robotics. Today he is developing autonomous systems for remote tank monitoring.

Besides studies and work Vitalis was always active as freelance photographer. He loves to have a second view on his daily surroundings as well as telling visual stories about his hikes and backcountry camping in the Swiss Alps or abroad.