18 July - 6 September 2015
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is a showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film, offering us the chance to reflect on the changing relationships between people and environment in our world today. Chosen from a submission of over 10,000 images from photographers and film-makers from 60 countries internationally, 111 outstanding works of photographic art examines issues such as sustainable development, innovation, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth.
This year the exhibition will be shown in tandem with the Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award, giving one photographer the chance to display a portfolio of work focussing on one environmental story in depth, outdoors in the grounds of Grizedale Forest. This year's winner is Esme Allen, whose series entitled Eden Restored: The Mesopotamian Marshes of Iraq is a moving account of the lives of Marsh Arabs living in a unique landscape, as people and environment recover from large scale ecological destruction.
Launched in 2007 by CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and sponsored by Atkins, one of the worlds’ leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition honours amateurs and professionals of all ages. Forestry Commission England continues its association with the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year as national tour partner, providing a poignant setting from which to view images of wider environmental issues by international artists.