About the competition
Who can apply? 
How to apply?
About your applications
What happens next?

About the competition

BBI JU is glad to invite its projects, both ongoing and completed, to participate in the #BBIimpact photo competition. The objective of this competition is to celebrate the achievements of BBI JU projects through high-quality photos demonstrating the positive impact of the initiative on the environment, jobs and the European economy.


The winners of each competition category will be at the centre of a BBI JU promotional campaign, and the winning photos will appear in BBI JU’s publications. Participating companies and technologies used in the project will also be mentioned.

The winners will be the protagonists of an award ceremony in the 4th quarter of 2021. Besides, BBI JU will facilitate access for two representatives of  each category's winner to a relevant event in the bio-based industries sector.

Who can apply?

All the BBI JU-funded projects are eligible. Costs related to this competition are eligible for ongoing projects.

How to apply?

Submit your entries to multimedia@bbi.europa.eu through WeTransfer by 20 June 2021, 23:59 CET with the following message: PROJECTNAME-#BBIimpact.

About your applications

The BBI JU-funded projects can apply for one or several of the five competition categories. Each category has its own features that the applicants must respect. Each project can submit up to 5 photos for each category of the competition. 

By submitting your entry in the #BBIimpact photo competition, participants grant BBI JU and its founding partners (the European Commission and BIC - the Bio-based Industries Consortium) the non-exclusive right to reproduce them in any channel and form. Author and copyright information, as well as project name will always be displayed.


1. Bio-based production process. Photos that fall into this category represent the premises and technologies used to create bio-based products. 

Examples: implementation of technologies in labs and at pilot scale; showing the process that leads raw materials to become biomaterials; test sites while evaluating biomass sources; drone photos to show the production line’s workflow transforming biomass into products.

2. Project results. Projects submitting entries for this category are expected to show the output they produce and its characteristics.

Examples: production of new plant protein ingredients for the agro-food industry; generation of high-performance and eco-friendly biopolymers.

3. People in bio-based industries. Photos that fall in this category should show the professionals involved in the project’s value chain and how they contribute to its success.

Examples: farmers, engineers, scientists or skilled workers.

4. Impact of BBI JU. This category aims to show how efficient and effective the BBI JU-funded projects are in supporting wider EU goals related to environment, jobs and the economy.

Examples: industry meets nature in the project’s location; environmental impacts on biodiversity; socio-economic impacts on employment in rural and coastal areas.

5. Micro and macro photography. This category requires focusing mainly on two photographic techniques described below, while the subject could be any of the previous categories:

  • The purpose of the micro photography technique is to emphasise the biomass sources that best represent your project.

Examples: residues from the wood industry, biorefineries by-streams, agro-industrial side-streams, wood, recovered paper, lignocellulosic/fibre crops, aquatic biomass, wastewater or agricultural residues and crops.

We suggest connecting your camera to an inspection microscope and take pictures since this instrument has a ring light that illuminates the object. Photos that fall into this category represent an object with a magnification ratio of 20:1 or greater, meaning that their object will appear at least twenty times bigger on the camera’s sensor than it does in nature.

  • Macro photography aims to focus on specific items that are fundamental in producing the main project’s output.

Examples: laboratories’ components, biorefineries machines’ details, extraction and separation systems’ characteristics, manufactories’ technologies.

Photos that fall into this category represent an object with a magnification ratio of at least 1:1, meaning that the object you are shooting will appear with the same dimensions of the camera’s sensor. We suggest to use a dedicated macro lens since it will allow you to reach easily the 1:1 image size.

Technical requirements

Participants shall name each photo with the following information: category_picture’sname_author_location_shootdate. In addition to the photos, participants must include in the WeTransfer a word document describing in detail each image highlighting how its characteristics match with the category chosen by the project. Any additional copyright information should also be mentioned in the document.

Participants must respect the following features:

  • Image files shall not be less than 2 megabytes in jpeg.
  • Photos must be at least 2500 pixels for the larger side.
  • Images between 180 and 300 dpi will only be accepted.
  • Photos should neither violate the rights of a third party, nor contain offensive content.
  • Photos submitted must not infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties.
  • Photos submitted must be original works made by the applicants.
  • If people appear in the photos, especially in category 3, applicants must get their consent prior to the submission. No children under 18 years old should be recognisable in the photos.
  • Photos must be in their original state and cannot be altered (e.g., reversed or distorted subjects), but modifications to improve the overall quality (e.g., brightness, contrast, saturation or exposure) are allowed. 
  • BBI JU reserves the right to disqualify any improper submission or entries that do not comply with the competition guidelines.
  • Submissions received through other channels than the specified one will not be considered.
  • Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

What happens next?

A jury will evaluate all entries within the five categories and select a winner. If two or more pictures tie with the highest score within the same category, the Chair of the jury will select the winner. The winners will be awarded in a ceremony in the 4th quarter of 2021.

Evaluation criteria

The jury will evaluate the photos against the following criteria:

  • Link to BBI JU results: how the photo refers to the BBI JU objectives.
  • Creativity: how the image is displayed uniquely and attracts attention.
  • Focus: how the photo maximises the appearance and the sharpness of the object to increase the overall quality.
  • Composition: clear subject in the photo, good positioning and framing.


The project’s photos will be evaluated by a jury composed of:

  • Representatives of the BBI JU Programme Office
  • A representative of BIC 
  • A representative of the European Commission
  • An audio-visual specialist of the European Commission

The BBI JU Executive Director will chair the jury.

Additional competition on social media

The BBI JU social media community will also choose a winner!

BBI JU will select photos submitted for the competition to participate in an additional social media competition. BBI JU followers on LinkedIn will have 48 hours to vote for their favourite photo. In case of ties, the Chair of the jury will select the winning photo.


  • 20 June 2021: deadline to submit photos
  • 15 - 25 June: evaluation
  • 7 July: launch of competition on LinkedIn
  • 4th quarter 2021: award ceremony