Winners and highly commended finalists of the Wetland’s Photo Contest

“The beauty of wetlands” was the theme of the Wetlands Photo Contest, organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 25 October to 25 November 2018.

The winners in the 3 categories; Youth, Amateur and Professional, will each receive a digital camera courtesy of Canon. In addition to the winning photos, the judges have also selected highly commended finalists in each category.

The judging panel included Christian Ziegler, photo journalist and Ambassador for Canon in Europe, Vitalis Hirshmann, Engineer and Freelance Photographer, Denis Palanque, wildlife and conservation photographer and Cokin Filter Ambassador, as well as Staff of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The Photo Contest received over 400 entries and was organized in partnership with Canon to use photography to raise global awareness about wetlands.

Members of the Jury


Christian Ziegler,
Photo Journalist. Contributing photographer, National Geographic Magazine,Ambassador for Canon Europe


Vitalis Hirschmann,
Engineer and Active freelance photographer


Denis Palanque,
Wildlife and Conservation Photographer
iLCP Associate Fellow Photographer / Cokin Filter Ambassador


Winners 2019

Winner Youth Category- Avijit Ghosh

Unique wetlands in Kolkata, West Bengal India maintained by farmers and fisher folk.

Winner Amateur Category - Jimmy Wong

Otter provokes crocodile, Sungei Buloh, Wetland Reserve in Singapore

Winner Professional Category - Emmanuel Schmitt

High altitude Lake – Reunion Island


Highly commended finalists

Nina Lojez – Amateur Category

Zelenci water springs, wetland nature reserve, Kranjska Gora Slovenia 

Hitoshi Watnabe- Amateur Category

Flamingos in Sorkhankol Wildlife Refuge

Froilan Robas- Professional Category

The Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest and Eco park , Lobo Batangas, Philippines

David Tan – Professional Category

A mixed flock of bar tailed Godwits and Grey plovers, coastal sanddflats of Mersing Shores.

Claudio Cantu – Youth category

Wetland in the Mesofilo Forest of Montana dela Reserve Biosphere El Cielo in Tamaulipas , Mexico.

Santhosh Gopal - Youth category

Pair of snails