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CBE JU photo competition 2023

CBE JU is glad to invite all projects funded by BBI and CBE JU, both ongoing and completed, to participate in the #CBEimpact photo competition 2023. The aim of the competition is to celebrate the impacts and achievements through the creation of high-quality photos and videos.  

The projects can apply to one or several of the six competition categories. Each category has its own features that must be respected by the project’s applicant. A jury of experts will evaluate the projects’ contents against specific criteria. Costs related to the competition will be eligible project costs. Submission is possible until 20 April 2023. 

We encourage all projects to participate! 

How to participate 

All the projects funded by BBI and CBE JU are eligible.  

Projects must submit their content to multimedia[at] through WeTransfer by 20 April with the following subject PROJECTNAME_#CBEimpact. 

Please name each photo with the following information:


Competition requirements 

The following requirements must be respected. 

Photos submitted should:

  • be between 2 - 10 megabytes in JPEG;  

  • be minimum 2500 pixels for the larger side;  

  • be at least 300 dpi.  

Videos submitted should:

  • be maximum 15 seconds long 

Provided content must:

  • not violate rights of a third party nor contain offensive material;  

  • not violate the intellectual property rights of third parties; 

  • be original and unpublished work by the participant. 


Each project can submit up to five photos for each category of the competition and up to five videos in total. 

Photography categories:  

  1. Impacts of CBE JU: Applicants to this category should show how the project is contributing to the environment, creating jobs and boosting local economies (i.e., environmental impacts on biodiversity and socio-economic impacts on employment in rural and coastal areas).  
  2. Bio-based production processes: Photos that fall into this category show the production plants of bio-based products. The aim of this category is to outline the plant’s dimensions and processes (i.e., implementation of technologies in labs and pilot scale, test sites while evaluating biomass sources, drone’s photos to show the production line’s workflow that allow biomass to become the project’s output).  
  3. People’s skills in bio-based industries: Photos that fall in this category should show the professionals involved in the project’s value chain and how their skills, contribute to the project’s success.  
  4. Project output details: This category requires photos showing the output projects produce and its characteristics (i.e., explanation of the process that leads raw materials to become bio-based materials, production of new plant protein ingredients for the agro-food industry, generation of high-performance and eco-friendly biopolymers.)  
  5. Micro & macro photography: Applicants should opt for one of the two photographic techniques: A) The micro photography technique highlights the biomass source representing your project, for instance, residues from the wood industry, biorefinery by-streams, agro-industrial side-streams, aquatic biomass etc. Photos in this category show an object with a magnification ratio of 20:1 or greater. B) The aim of macro photography is to focus on specific items that are fundamental in the production of the main project’s output, such as laboratory equipment, details of biorefinery equipment, etc.  Photos in this category represent an object with a magnification ratio of at least 1:1, meaning that objects will appear with the same dimensions of the camera’s sensor.  

Video category: 

      6. Short videos: This category welcomes videos of up to 15 seconds covering one of the theme
          categories 1-5. 
          There are no limits to creativity and composition.                                                                             

Jury and evaluation criteria 

The project’s photos and videos will be evaluated by an expert jury composed of representatives of CBE JU, European Commission, and Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC). 


The jury will evaluate the photos against the following criteria:

  • Link to BBI/CBE JU: How does the content refer to overall objectives of the partnership?
    (Max 10 points) 

  • Creativity: Is the content displayed uniquely and attracts attention? 
    (Max 10 points) 

  • Quality: Does the content increase the outlook of the object’s quality? 
    (Max 10 points) 

  • Composition: How clearly is the object positioned?
    (Max 10 points) 

Total: max 40 points 


The jury will evaluate the videos against the following criteria:  

  • Link to BBI/CBE JU: How does the content refer to overall objectives of the partnership?
    (Max 10 points) 

  • Creativity: Is the content displayed uniquely and attracts attention? 
    (Max 10 points)

  • Narrative: Does the content tell a coherent story; how well are the messages presented? 
    (Max 10 points)

  • Framing: How does the video display the object and its narration?
    (Max 10 points)

Total: max 40 points 

Competition rules 

Each juror will evaluate the photos submitted for categories 1-5 and videos submitted under category 6 based on the competition’s criteria. A ranking panel involving all jurors will decide the final scores given to each photo or video. The highest-scored photo or video will win in its category.  

CBE JU reserves the right to disqualify any submission that is improper or does not comply with the competition rules.   

Submissions received through channels other than the ones indicated in the competition rules will not be considered. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. CBE JU decisions on the #CBEinsight photo competition 2023 are final.  

The photos must be in their original state and cannot be altered (i.e., reversed or distorted subjects) but modifications to improve the overall quality (i.e., brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure) are allowed. Projects that do not comply will be removed from the photo competition.  

By participating in the #CBEimpact photo competition, participants agree that photos submitted can be used by CBE JU and its institutional partners to promote its activities.   

Author and copyright information, as well as the project title, will always be displayed.  


The photo or video of each category with the highest overall ranking will be awarded a prize: a ticket to the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB) conference taking place in Rotterdam on 24-25 October 2023.  

CBE JU will select the highest-ranking pictures and videos for an open competition on social media. The artwork with the highest number of likes on LinkedIn will win the title of Audience Award.  

The winning artwork will be featured in CBE publications and events in the 2021-2031 period, such as the upcoming CBE JU Stakeholder Forum 2023


These are the most important dates for the competition:

  1. 02 March 2023

    Competition launch

  2. 20 April 2023

    Submission deadline

  3. 22 June 2023

    Winner announcement