Environmental Photographer of the Year winners announced

These thought-provoking and hauntingly beautiful winning images tackle a range of environmental and social issues.
Images of environmental and social issues can be emotive, thought-provoking and extremely powerful. And the winners of this year’s prestigious Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year are no exception. They were announced by the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, in a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society.

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‘Wildfire’ (Credit: Sara Lindström)
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.
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EnvironmentalPOTY07bYoung Environmental Photographer of the Year
‘Poser’ (Credit: Luke Massey)
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EnvironmentalPOTY07cAtkins Built Environment Award
‘Losing Ground to Manmade Disaster’ (Credit: SL Kumar Shanth)
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EnvironmentalPOTY07dCIWEM Changing Climate Award
‘Life Jackets on the Greek Island of Lesbos’ (Credit: Sandra Hoyn)
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EnvironmentalPOTY07eForestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award
‘Sand’ (Credit: Pedram Yazdani)
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Environmental Photographer of the Year winners announced
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J Henry Fair

“The vivid color photographs of J Henry Fair lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting…information and form work together, to devastating effect.” -Roberta Smith, The New York Times

JHenryFair06aLittle Blue
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JHenryFair06bYour Own Deserted Beach
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JHenryFair06cHerbicide
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JHenryFair06dThe Gift of the Tides
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JHenryFair06eExpectoration
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Photographer J Henry Fair is best known for his Industrial Scars series, in which he researches our world’s most egregious environmental disasters and creates images that are simultaneously stunning and horrifying, and more closely resemble abstract paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock than what the collective views as reality.

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Plastic Trees

Plastic Trees
Photographs and text by Eduardo Leal

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The world consumes one million plastic bags every minute. It is considered by the Guinness World Book of Records as “the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world.”
But the ever-useful plastic bag has become the main source of pollution worldwide. It can be found everywhere on the planet, from the seaside to the bottom of the ocean to the Arctic. Even at the top of the world, on Mount Everest, you can find some plastic residue.
Since most plastic isn’t biodegradable, it will last for hundreds of years in the natural environment.

The problem is even more acute in developing countries, where waste management infrastructures are not properly developed and where the population is used to throwing everything away. This accumulation of plastic bags in the environment has caused the deterioration of the landscape, as well as the destruction of agricultural soils. It is also associated with the death of domestic and wild animals.

Plastic Trees was made to call attention to this problem. The work focuses on the spread of plastic bags on the Bolivian Altiplano, where millions of bags travel with the wind until they get entangled in native bushes, marring the beautiful landscape.
Sadly, these images don’t portray an isolated case—this phenomenon can be seen in many countries all over the world.
—Eduardo Leal

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Plastic Trees

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Environmental Photographer of the Year

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.  Honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages, it provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

AtkinsCIWEM01 AtkinsCIWEM02 AtkinsCIWEM03Appliations for this years competition close on 7th April 2015. The announcement of the outstanding environmental, social and natural photographs selected for exhibition will be made in April 2015. The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2015, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.

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