This June, the Royal Geographical Society displays a gorgeous selection of contemporary, creative, resonant and original works by international photographers and filmmakers as part of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award. Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and sponsored by Atkins, the exhibition is a leading showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.
This year the works have been selected from over 10,000 entries and were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical abililty. The pieces examine such diverse issues as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights and natural disasters. The photographers include Luke Duggleby’s Wrapping a suriving tree which pictures Buddhist monks blessing large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation.
The exhibition is an opportunity for amateurs and professionals of all ages to share images of environmental and social issues with an international audience and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality. Subjects are as varied as Alnis Stakle’s Shangri-La 1, which depicts traditional buildings alongside skyscrapers in Shanghai’s growing cityscape, and Matilda Temperley’s Basket Centre which shows the impact of the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels.
The prizes for the works will be announced on the 24 June and following their display at the Royal Geographical Society, the works will tour to a series of forest venues nationally in a venture supported by Forestry Commission England. The tour will commence at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Cumbria from 19 July – 2 November.
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014, 23 June – 4 July, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR, www.epoty.org.
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1. Tuyet Trinh Do, Fishing net making in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, (2012)