19 July - 2 November 2014
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video. The selected works examine issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth. 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.
The Environmental Photographer of the Year, launched by CIWEM and sponsored by Atkins, has steadily attracted an increasing number of photographers, of all ages and from all over the world. The images in this year's exhibition were selected from over 10,000 entries and judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability by the esteemed panel comprising Paul Horton, Director of Membership and Development, CIWEM; Brigitte Lardinois, Deputy Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London; Tim Parkin, landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape; and David Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Atkins.
The exhibition comprises a wide range of photographic responses to their subject, from the immediately shocking to the beautiful and humorous. Each photographer’s work is evidence of a determined commitment to capture and present the stories of people and places on the front line of environmental and social change. We hope that you find the exhibition engaging and thought provoking and that this platform provides an opportunity for increased learning and understanding about the critical environmental challenges faced by communities and how together we might respond.
The project is supported by Forestry Commission England, through a regional exhibition tour and for the first time this year a solo exhibition award selected by Ian Gambles, Director, Forestry Commission England.