Congratulations to the winners of the first #BBIimpact photo competition! Their high-quality photos are highlighting the BBI JU’s positive impact on Europeans’ lives. 

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. In addition, BBI JU will grant access for two representatives of each category's winner to the EFIB 2021 conference on 6-7 October 2021 in Vienna, Austria. 

Participants competed in five categories representing different aspects of BBI JU-funded projects:

Bio-based production process

The winning photo by the WoodZymes project represents the premises and technologies used to create bio-based materials at the MetGen’s pilot fermentor.


Description: This photo shows MetGen’s pilot fermentor with 400 litres capacity, used to produce the extremozymes developed in the WoodZymes project. The extremozymes were delivered to partners for evaluation in different applications related to wood transformation into bio-based products and materials.

Project results 

The winning photo by the URBIOFIN projects shows bioethanol produced in the PERSEO Pilot Plant in L’Alcudia (Spain).


PERSEO Bioethanol 

Description: In the foreground, we see bioethanol obtained from urban organic waste in the PERSEO Pilot Plant. In the background, there are the fermentation tanks of PERSEO facility linking the bioproduct to the bio-based process. The hand holding the flask means it is up to the citizens to commit to the bio-based and circular economy.

People in bio-based industries 

The winning photo by the DEEP PURPLE project shows a researcher working on the fermentation in the lab.


Fermentation culture 

Description: The photo shows a researcher preparing a culture media for the fermentation of sugars coming from waste into 1,4 bio-butanediol.

Impact of BBI JU 

The winning photo by the Dendromass4Europe project illustrates how its poplar plantation is enhancing biodiversity.


Car(ry)ing For Biodiversity with Poplar Plantations 

Description: This photo shows two red poplar leaf beetles on a poplar leaf in Dendromass4Europe short rotation plantations. These poplar plantations diversify arable landscapes while establishing new habitats for birds, beetles, butterflies and amphibia. Due to the perennial growth of the poplars, machine effort (e.g. tilling, ploughing) is minimised, and habitats can stay intact for years. In addition, the tolerated understory reduces the application of any pesticides and fertilisers, because trees have not yet been domesticated in an intensity as our classic agricultural crop plants are. Thus, the poplar plantations of D4EU enhance biodiversity.

Micro and macro photography 

The winning photo by the FARMYNG project shows the Tenebrio Molitor bug using the microphotography technique.   

Tenebrio Molitor 

Description: Tenebrio molitor, the main FARMYNG’s biomass source, is shown at a microscopic scale.

Social media contest winner 

The winning photo by the NEWPACK  project was selected from the BBI JU LinkedIn followers.

Scale up 

Description: In the NEWPACK project, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP), as a consortium member, is responsible for the large-scale production of bio-based polymers and additives derived from agricultural residues. The pilot plant role is to scale up the process optimised by other partners in the project at a laboratory scale. BBEPP is a multipurpose open access pilot facility, and the picture is an example of its flexibility.  

The equipment on the fork lift is a Tami Ceramic Double housing filtration unit with 40 m² surface area used for small to medium scale filtration purposes, while in the background, there is the Pall Ceramic filtration unit with 288 m² surface area for large and demonstration-scale filtration. 


The jury of the BBI JU photo competition included representatives of the BBI JU, BIC and the European Commission specialised in bioeconomy, communication and photography. 

The jury evaluated 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. 

  • Quality: how the photo maximises the object's appearance and sharpness to increase the overall quality. 

  • Composition: clear subject in the picture, good positioning and framing.