Greener Pastures painting by Ayomide Ogechi. Won 1st Place at The Green We Left Behind contest.

Winners have been announced for The Green We Left Behind Photographs/Visual Arts Contest.

The contest, which is an initiative of Arts Lounge and sponsored by the French Embassy and Brittle Paper, intends to “expand awareness and conversations on climate change.” Participants were required to upload their entries on social media. The works with the highest engagement (likes, comments, retweets) were selected in the longlist and shortlist, and now emerge winners.

The cash prize of N550,000 will be split among the winners in the ratio of 200,000 for first place, 150,000 for second place, 100,000 for third place, and 25,000 for four honorable mentions.

For fair representation of both photographers and visual artists, the judges have selected joint winners across the three prizes. Outstanding entries have also been recognized under honorary mentions.

Joint Winners


Photograph – Aquatic Bodies by Olagbemi Oluwafisolami

Painting – Greener Pastures by Ayomide Ogechi


Photograph – Plastic Pollution by Chukwuebuka David

Painting – Displaced by Anuna Tobechukwu


Photograph – Erosion by Darlington Chibueze

Painting – The Flood 10/22 by Oyim Godfery Inya

Honorary Mentions:

Photograph – Erosion by Ojonugwa John Attah

Photograph – Rising Waters by Ochuko Elizabeth

Photograph – Charred by Regina Achie Nege

Photograph – Flooded by Ebere Olugbuo

Photograph –The Camera by Opeyemi Olamide

Photograph – Flood by Ebere Okey-Onyema

Note: All longlisted entries will be featured in the Green we Left Behind Online Catalogue to be produced at the end of the project.

Go here to view the winning entries.