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Framing the Future: Industrial Technologies Photo Contest

The Framing the Future: Industrial Technologies Photo Contest from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) was designed to document and communicate the latest advancements in decarbonization within the industrial sector. Contest winners will be awarded up to $2,000 for a photo in one of six categories.

Framing the Future: Industrial Technologies Photo Contest

IEDO created the Framing the Future: Industrial Technologies Photo Contest to document and communicate the innovative technologies, processes, and people that will help the United States achieve a decarbonized industrial sector and a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050.

America’s industrial sector creates materials and products critical to our daily lives, from the cement used to build our roads to the steel and iron in our buildings, railways, and appliances. However, this vital sector accounts for one-third of U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, making the decarbonization of industry a critical part of the nation’s climate goals. But decarbonization will require a full-scale industrial transformation with novel technologies and a skilled workforce ready to usher in a clean energy economy.

By participating in the contest, photographers of all proficiency levels will help capture the spirit of this ambitious transformation and the people and technologies that will make it happen.

The imagery resulting from the contest will be featured on IEDO’s website, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Flickr account, at manufacturing events and conferences, and in other outreach material.

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Prize Structure

Participants in the Framing the Future: Industrial Technologies Photo Contest can win up to $2,000 for a photo in one category. A panel of judges will review photographs for emotional appeal/impact, composition/content, technical quality, originality, and editing.

Entrants may submit up to 10 photos in the following six categories:

  • Category 1: Decarbonizing Emission Intensive Industries
    • Iron and Steel
    • Food and Beverage
    • Cement and Concrete
    • Paper and Forest Products
    • Chemicals Sector
  • Category 2: Cross-Sector Decarbonization Technologies
  • Category 3: Onsite Energy
  • Category 4: Improving Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Category 5: The People and Communities of the Industrial Sector
  • Category 6: Creative Interpretation

In categories 2-6, IEDO will award winners a Grand Prize of $2,000, a Runner Up prize of $1,000, and an Honorable Mention award of $500. In category 1, IEDO will award a Grand Prize and will also select a Runner Up and Honorable Mention winner for each subcategory.

All photos must be taken within the United States or U.S. territories or photograph U.S. technology in a non-U.S. territory. View the official Framing the Future photo contest rules for complete details on submission requirements for each category.

Important Dates

Submissions Due: Nov. 21, 2024

Winner Announcement: January 2025

All dates are subject to change. View the complete prize timeline on HeroX

Who is Eligible to Compete?

The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers with original work. For more information about submission requirements, please review the official Framing the Future photo contest rules.


Offer Solutions that Help Shape the Future

Do you have an eye for detail and a desire to explore all the ways changes to our industrial processes could accelerate our clean energy transition? Submit your creative photos and share with others what a decarbonized industrial sector could look like.

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