“Earth at Risk” Image Contest

“Earth at Risk” Image Contest

The IEEE GRSS Young Professionals and REACT Technical Committee (Remote sensing Environment, Analysis and Climate Technologies) are pleased to announce the image contest “Earth at Risk” organized in conjunction with the mini-projects for sustainable development goals competition.

This contest aims to raise awareness of nature and climate crises and to demonstrate the power of Earth Observation (EO) data in helping us better understand the environmental changes on Earth and find solutions to protect our planet.

Send us your most impactful image of an EO data product highlighting a damage caused to the Earth, such as earthquakes, floods, pollution, deforestation, infrastructure damage, climate change, etc., followed by a short story showcasing the image interpretation, the used EO data and the crucial role of remote sensing during such crises.

The contest is open to all students, young scientists, and engineers in the field of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. We are launching a global competition, so you can participate from anywhere on the planet, or off the planet if you are an astronaut…or alien.

Selection Process

Images and accompanying explanations will be evaluated by environmental geoscience and remote sensing experts from the IEEE GRSS REACT Technical Committee, who will determine the winners except for the Public Choice Award.

For the public Choice Award, all entries, which accepted the terms of use, will be open to the public vote in middle of October.

The selection criteria are:

  • Impact

  • Relevance of your entry to the contest topic

  • Technical ability

  • Creativity


August 31, 2023 – Extended


The top 3 images selected by the jury will be awarded attractive prizes in the value of 600$ for the first, 450$ for the second, and 350$ for the third place, as well as Certificates of Achievement from IEEE GRSS. The Public Choice winner will also be awarded a prize in the value of 600$. They will all be invited to talk about their images during the IDEATHON Workshop organized by REACT-TC in November 2023.

All finalists will be put forward for the Public Choice Award and may also feature in future digital and print material from the IEEE GRSS.

The winners will be notified by email by the end of October 2023. Therefore, please make sure that you provide the correct contact information in the submission form.

How to participate

Submit your image with a short text of 250 words or less using this form.

If you want to take part in the Public Choice Award, you can post your image on Twitter with the hashtag #EarthatRisk #YP #REACT-TC and tag @IEEE_GRSS and @GrssYp.

Image Rules

  • Format allowed: electronic format (eg.: .jpeg, .png, .tiff, GIF, etc)

  • Each entry must be the submitting entrant’s own work, and not feature or focus on any material owned or controlled by third parties.

  • Should a winning entry be the result of a team effort, the team shall appoint one representative among its members to whom the prize will be awarded.

  • The entry must be submitted in English. Entries submitted in other languages will be disregarded.

Copyrights & Usage Rights

The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with the respective participants. However, each entrant grants IEEE GRSS the right to use the submitted materials in social media channels and events, crediting the copyright owners. You must have full copyrights to the submitted material. By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and conditions.


If you have any questions, please send an email to yp@grss-ieee.org. Participants are encouraged to follow the @IEEE_GRSS and @GRSSYP Twitter accounts.