Are you taking action to combat climate change in Santa Cruz County?  

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network is hosting its first ever Climate Action Photo Contest!  Submit a photo of your climate action by April 1, 2021, and we will announce winners on Earth Day (April 22, 2021)!  

The goal of this contest is to highlight the positive actions that people in our community are already taking to fight the problem of local and global climate change.  SCCAN wants to lift up those individuals and share their stories.  We strongly encourage underrepresented community members to apply (BIPOC, Latinx, youth, LGBTQ+ etc).  Please share this event with anyone you know that may be interested!


(5) winners will be selected, and each will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars (redeemable at participating locations in Downtown Santa Cruz)

(3) Youth Action Scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to the top entries by participants 21 or younger

General contest entry requirements

  • Open to all Santa Cruz County residents, no age requirement
  • Submit a recent photo of a climate action (within the last year) or screenshot if applicable
  • Action and photo taken within Santa Cruz County
  • Shows climate change solution / action, which includes both physical climate solutions or engagements/actions.  Some examples include:
    • Food (diets, community agriculture, local sourcing)
    • Transportation
    • Energy
    • Sustainability/Waste reduction
    • Civic Engagement (activism, local government, policy)
    • Environmental Justice
    • Education/outreach
  • Photo does NOT need to be a professional photo – all skill levels are welcome, and the photo will not be judged on the quality or artistic layout
  • Shows understanding of the issue and the solution. Actions with higher impact will score higher
  • Creative solutions will score higher
  • Photo does not need to include a person / yourself
  • We will share these photos on social media and our website/map with the consent of the individual 
  • Please title your photo using the following format
    • LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_ClimateAction2021
    • So for someone with the name Jane Smith, the photo title submitted would be Smith_Jane_ClimateAction2021

Youth Action Scholarship contest entry requirements 

  • Must meet general contest entry requirements listed above AND:
  • Applicants must be under 21 Age brackets (for judging purposes)
    • Under 15          15-18            19-21
  • Student describes genuine need for the scholarship money (1 paragraph description)
  • Student has legitimate plan for how they will use the scholarship money (1 paragraph description)
  • Award will be given to an individual with full freedom to spend money as they choose

You might already be doing lots of good stuff and here are some sources for other ideas: Drawdown , our facebook page , Things to Do

To submit an entry click on this link, complete the form and attach your photo.

If you have questions please contact or