BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 02 November '16

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Photos taken in Milan (Italy), Uherský Brod (Czech Republic), Nicosia (Cyprus), have won the top three prizes in the European Environment Agency (EEA) photo competition which this year encouraged photographers to share moments captured in urban areas where they live, work, rest and play.

My City

This year’s theme focused on ‘My City’ and aimed to raise awareness of environmental challenges cities face and how cities contribute to quality of life in Europe.

Around 75 % of the European Union’s population live in urban areas. Cities provide Europeans many amenities as well as cultural, educational and health services. While cities are the engine of Europe’s economy and creators of European wealth, they depend heavily on resources of other regions to meet their demand for resources like energy, water, food, and to accommodate waste and emissions.

Photographers across Europe – amateur and professional – were invited to share what their urban environment means for them. Participants could choose to depict a European city of their choice to tell a positive or negative story through their photos.

The winners will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 1,000 in each category (Sustainable lifestyle in a city; Getting around in a city; Leisure time in a city), and EUR 500 for the Public Choice Award and the Youth Prize.

Main category winners

Leisure time in a city and the T2gE conference prize
Winner: Erika Zolli’s ‘Levitation’, a dreamlike picture of a woman floating in a park as autumn leaves fall around her.

'Levitation'  Image © Erika Zolli, My City /EEA

Getting around in a city
Winner: Daniel Kusák’s ‘Sunset around a bridge’, a colourful silhouette shot alongside a bridge by Uherský Brod’s railway station.

Daniel Kusák’s ‘Sunset around a bridge’

Sustainable lifestyle in a city
Winner: Elena Georgiou’s ‘Burn calories not electricity’, a bright portrayal of a man using the stairs in Nicosia.

Elena Georgiou’s ‘Burn calories not electricity’

Youth Prize
Winner: Máté Ladjánski’s ‘Together’, a dramatic snapshot of the ‘I like Budapest’ bike demonstration against using cars in the Hungarian capital.

Máté Ladjánski’s ‘Together’

Public Choice Award
Winner: Viktória Speier’s ‘Sunrise ride’, a photo of three friends catching the summer vibe around Lake Balaton, Tihany.

Viktória Speier’s ‘Sunrise ride’

More background information on this year’s My City photo competition can be found here.