It’s easy to understand why we should fight for the environment, but tough to visualize it. The 500px community rose to the challenge for the Earth Hour Quest, capturing the spirit of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

Passionate photographers everywhere were asked to submit photos that showcased positive action in the fight against climate change, or that highlighted the remarkable moments the Earth Hour campaign aims to facilitate.

The winning photo managed to convey a deeper message with a subtle take on shadow. “Shadow Mans…” by Yashansh Vijay will be licensed and featured by Earth Hour. Learn more about the shot below.

Shadow Mans...  by Yashansh Vijay on

Why the judge loved this photo: It is not easy to make changing climate change relatable to people or their interests, but this image by Yashansh Vijay is a powerful depiction of the impact our actions can have. The play on shadows is a compelling reminder of the role we all have to play, both in causing climate change and solving it for us and future generations. Step forward to #changeclimatechange today.

The photographer, Yashansh Vijay, took up nature photography as a child, and started shooting regularly “because it makes me feel the moment, and also gives me a good vision and perspective to see this beautiful world.”

Vijay shared the story behind the photo: I took that photograph at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Rajasthan. When I saw some youngsters in uniform and good natural light, I captured their shadows as leading lines. This shot inspires me because they look like an army protecting a palace.”

Check out the submissions from our runners-up for more inspiration:

Mother and child walk the rice terraces. by Jakkree Thampitakkul on

African sky by Julia Wimmerlin on

Wind turbines by Julia Wimmerlin on

Spring has arrived by Valeria Paulina Lustres on

Handful of strawberries by Vladislav Nosick on

Green is Beautiful by Peng Shi on

Human vs Nature by Koukichi Takahashi on

Trashumancia... by Jose luis  Serrano Ariza on

That Wanaka Tree | New Zealand by Lee Mumford on

Good Morning by Rudi Zisterer on

Time is running out by Francesco Cimato on


YOung sprout by Alexandra P. on

Bali Rice Field by Jarek A on

Singapore Earth Hour 2017 by Pichan Cruz on

Earth Hour London 2017 by James Barton on

Young sprouts pepper and garden tools with drip irrigation by Victoria Kondysenko on

Farmers plant rice in rice field by Nicolas Boivin on

Let's light by Ivon Murugesan on

Paysages de Bourgogne (2) by Florentin  Gagoum on