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'Seize the beauty of our planet'

Together for green Earth!




The winners of the 2nd edition of 'Seize the beauty of our planet' contest announced


In October 2021 we announced the competition for the best satellite image of the environmental change captured on CREODIAS, WEkEO and CODE-DE - the platforms developed and operated by CloudFerro. Today we finally know the winners!

From the 9th to 19th of November, the public and the Jury consisting of the representatives of the The European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, German Aerospace Center DLR, the Polish Space Agency cast their votes to select 13 satellite images that best show environmental changes on our planet. The first 7 winners were chosen by a popular online vote, the other 6 ones were selected by the Jury.


Meet the winners!


The 1st place: Shrinking Ice by Jarek Bajer

Shrinking ice by Jarek.jpegIce mass between King Christian Island and Devon Island in Canada's Arctic Archipelago.


The 2nd place: Madagascar - Betsiboka by Marek Gryboś

Madagaskar - Betsiboka by Marek.jpgThe results of mangroves deforestation, soil flushed after heavy rainfall.


The 3rd place: Brilliance of Salt Pans of Kutch Region, India by Chancy Shah

Brilliance of Salt Pans of Kutch Region India by Chancy.jpegSalt production in Kutch is hit by climate change. High salinity causing salt stress leads to leakage of cells and releases toxins into water. Increased saltiness creates condition that allows algae to invade freshwater. The change in temperature and rain



Other winners of the contest


13_Black Summer by Kamil.jpgBlack Summer by Kamil Onoszko


23_Villages in desperation by Maria Joao.jpgVillages in desperation by Maria Joao Costa


12_Mass bloom of cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea by Magdalena.jpgMass bloom of cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea by Magdalena Łągiewska


29_Vanishing of the Aral Sea by Adam.jpgVanishing of the Aral Sea by Adam Manista


25_Boiling Siberia by Zbigniew.jpgBoiling Siberia by Zbigniew


1_The Floe of Time by David_h400px.jpgThe Floe of Time by David


26_Greenland Glacier Melting by Ross.jpegGreenland Glacier Melting by Ross


4_West Estonia by Neringa.jpgWest Estonia by Neringa Urbonaitė


8_Winter is coming by Patricia.jpgWinter is coming by Patricia


10_Summer blooms in the Baltic by Karolina.jpegSummer blooms in the Baltic by Karolina Kwiek


Congratulations to all the winners!

The winning images will form the CloudFerro calendar for 2022.


See the Contest Gallery with all the images submitted by the participants. 


About the contest

CloudFerro has invited everyone to take part in the 2nd edition of our competition “Seize the beauty of our planet” for the best satellite image of the Earth. This year we focus on the climate change, the negative effects it causes to our planet and the need to counteract them. That is why, the contest motto is: Together for green Earth!

The unprecedented weather and climate events we are observing now clearly demonstrate that we need to take proper care for our precious home. Wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts are direct consequences of global warming caused by unwise actions and negligence, and they are becoming a new normal for more and more communities. With our contest, we want to emphasize how alarming the situation to motivate all the citizens to unite and take a better care  of our planet.


Contest details

From October until November 7th participants submited images generated on one of the platforms developed and operated by CloudFerro – CREODIAS, WEkEO or CODE-DE, and then visualized in a dedicated software of your choice. The images demonstrate the consequences of climate change and global warming as captured by satellites in recent years.

We prepared a short online workshop for the participants where in just 1 hour our experts explain step by step how to prepare an image for the contest.

Another video tutorial is available here: How to download EO data using EO Finder at CREODIAS and visualise it in QGIS.

Go to the contest Gallery to see all the images submitted by participants.


Selection process and prizes

All the submitted images were put to the vote of the general public, and then a Jury consisting of the representatives of CloudFerro and our business partners: The European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, German Aerospace Center DLR, the Polish Space Agency - the honorary patron of the event.

The members of the Jury were as follows:

  • Peter Albert, WEkEO Service Coordinator, WEkEO
  • Kinga Gruszecka, Director of  Education Department, POLSA
  • Guenther Landgraf, Head of Digital Platforms Section, ESA
  • Michael Schmidt, Space Administration Project Manager, DLR
  • Monika Krzyżanowska, Business Development Director, CloudFerro


The first 7 winners were chosen by a popular online vote. The other 6 winners were selected by the Jury.  Altogether, 13 images were selected as winners.

The authors of the 3 images that received the largest number of votes will be awarded with attractive eco-friendly prizes:

  • a reMarkable digital notebook  (1st place) LINK

  • an eco-friendly House of Marley portable speaker (2nd place) LINK
  • a Green Cell solar charger/power bank (3rd place) LINK

The authors of the remaining 10 places will receive a set of CloudFerro gadgets.

The winning images will be published on CloudFerro website and in our calendar for 2022.

See the winning images of 2020 contest.


Dates and deadlines to save

  • The contest starts on October 6th 2021 and the entries should be submitted by November 7th  2021 in jpg format.
  • The online voting will take place from November 8th 2021 12:00 (noon) CET until November 19th 2021 12:00 (noon) CET.
  • The winners will be announced by CloudFerro at its website www.cloudferro.com on November 22nd 2021, and in addition each winner will be contacted by CloudFerro representatives at the email provided in the submission form.


Image quality and other requirements

Apart from the esthetical aspects and the relation to climate change, the image must meet a minimum requirement of  250 dpi, 4200 x 3000 pixels. Please upload your image via the form at the bottom of this page.  Only ONE image can be submitted by each contestant. The image can be enhanced with EO or photo editing software but it must NOT contain any text or additional graphic elements such as labels, logos or similar.


Where will the images be used?

The images meeting the requirements will be used in CloudFerro communication to promote Copernicus programme and European values and they will be published in online and print communication materials. The 13 winning images will also be published in a wall calendar for 2022 prepared by CloudFerro.


How will I receive my award if I win?

The prizes will be dispatched by post or courier (unless there are no external obstacles to do so) to the address provided by the winner.

Please see the details of the contest Terms and Conditions (PDF).


Should you have any questions, please contact us at communication@cloudferro.com