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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016

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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016

Hazel Stone

Royal Geographical Society, London  29 June – 21 August 2016

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria  3 September 2016 – 1 January 2017


Above Eric Madeja, Seaweed Farming, Malaysian Borneo, 2015

Larry Louie, Geothermal Energy, Iceland 2016

Faisal Azim, Gravel Workmen, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2015

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 presents a shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs, from a submission of approximately ten thousand images by photographers and filmmakers from across seventy countries. The exhibition will be on show at Royal Geographical Society, before touring to Grizedale Forest, supported for the fourth year by Forestry Commission England.

The photographs and films reflect the urgent environmental and social concerns that surround us today. Topics include recent natural catastrophes induced by the changing climate, the effects of population growth on the urban environment, and the resourceful ways in which the human race is preserving the earth’s biodiversity.

Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and sponsored by Atkins, one of the worlds’ most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition honours amateurs and professionals of all ages.

The entries were judges on impact, relevance, originality and technical ability by a distinguished panel comprising:

  • Ben Aviss – Acting Editor of BBC Earth UK
  • Ian Dunn – Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton; former Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust
  • Dr David Haley - Senior Research Fellow, Director - Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Tim Parkin - Landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape
  • Hayley Skipper - National Arts Development Programme Manager, Forestry Commission England.

Mustafa AbdulHadi, Behind the Taj Mahal, India, 2015

“Year on year, it just gets better and better. Again, I was amazed at the diversity of subject matter and the diversity of photographers – seeing the extraordinary within the mundane and revealing the way extreme environments are becoming the new normal.” Dr David Haley, 2016 selector.

Prizes will be announced on 28 June 2016 at 7.15pm, in a ceremony presented by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. This year there are three specific prize themes – Built Environment, Changing Climate, and People, Nature and Economy:

  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year: £3000
  • Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 25): £1000
  • Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year: £500
  • Atkins Built Environment Award: Photographer in residence opportunity
  • CIWEM Changing Climate Award: £500, plus showcase of portfolio in one issue of The Environment Magazine
  • Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award: £1000, plus showcase of portfolio in one of England’s Public Forests

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