Environmental Photographer’s of the Year
Announced by the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the winners of this year’s prestigious Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year were awarded their accolades at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society. The quality of winners was, yet again, something to behold.
Launched in 2007, the competition has become one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world, and an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video. The winning film and images are most definitely thought-provoking, hauntingly beautiful and tackle a range of environmental themes and issues, as you can see below.
Environmental Photographer of the Year
Sara Lindström claimed the prestigious title of Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 for her imposing photograph of a wildfire in southern Alberta, Canada on a warm July day. “The big flames were thriving on the dry land and had me completely mesmerised in fear and awe,” she says. Sara has visited over 50 countries, capturing the beauty of the more remote corners of the Earth.
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year went to Luke Massey for his bold photograph of a peregrine on a condo balcony in Chicago. Peregrines began to be reintroduced into the state of Illinois in the 1980s and now 22 pairs nest in Chicago alone, he explained. Luke dedicates his photographic skills to drawing attention to the plight of wildlife under threat.
Atkins Built Environment Award
Photojournalist SL Kumar Shanth won the Atkins Built Environment Award, which depicts the damage being wrought on the coastline at Chennai – the biggest metropolis in Southern India – by a combination of manmade and natural forces. As the population of cities are set to soar, this is a powerful reminder of the challenges facing many areas of our world.
CIWEM Changing Climate Award
Sandra Hoyn received the CIWEM Changing Climate Award for her moving photograph depicting the discarded life vests used by refugees to cross to Greece from Turkey, and hints at the enormity of the crises and dangers faced by refugees. She is a photojournalist concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues.
Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award
The Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award went to Pedram Yazdani for his arresting work of The Salt Lake Urmia in Iran. It is the biggest salt lake in the Middle East, but now contains only 10% of the original amount of water as a result both of climate change and of dam and well construction, he explains. This powerful image demonstrates the dramatic impact land management decisions can have on our environment.
Environmental Film of the Year 2016
The environmental film award this year goes to Sergiu Jiduc, for his film ‘The Karkoram Anomaly Project, Pakistan’. Jiduc’s film documents the surging glaciers observed in the world’s highest mountain range, and the subsequent devastation caused by the little understood “glacial lake outburst floods” (GLOFs). Within his film, Jiduc highlights a climatic anomaly that has led to tsunami size waves taking the lives and destroying the settlements of the Balti people, the inhabitants of this remote region.
Jiduc says that the research within his film “could help gauge the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people as well as to provide insights on how glaciers will change in the future. But most importantly, mapping and quantifying the risk of GLOFs in the area could save thousands of lives.”
These photographs and the winning film will be displayed along with 60 other shortlisted works chosen from over 10,000 entries at the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK, from 29 June to 22 August. The exhibition will then be touring to Forestry Commission England’s Grizedale Forest site, from 3 September until 1 January 2017.
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