Here are the Winners and shortlisted entries for 2016 Atkins Ciwem Environmental Photographer Of The Year. The winning and shortlisted photographs are exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London until August 21, 2016.
The environmental photographer of the year 2016 by Sara Lindström
Wildfire, 2015 / Banff – It was an exceptionally warm day in July in southern Alberta when I came across this massive pinkish smoke plume rising high towards the sky. The big flames were thriving on the dry land and had me completely mesmerized in fear and awe.
The young environmental photographer of the year 2016 by Luke Massey
Bird’s Eye View, 2015 / Chicago – Peregrines were extirpated in Illinois in the 1960s but in the 1980s a reintroduction programme began and now 22 pairs nest in Chicago alone,” he explains. “One pair have chosen a Chicagoan’s condo balcony as their nest site and in 2015 I followed them as they raised four chicks to fledging.
The Atkins built environment award 2016 by S L Shanth Kumar
Losing Ground to Manmade Disaster, 2015 / Chennai. – This picture, taken in Chennai, the biggest metropolis of South India and the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, shows the type of damage that a combination of man-made and natural forces is wreaking on the coastline. Untreated chemical effluents from factories make for the sort of foamy substance that has fatal consequences for coastal and marine flora, which are instrumental in protecting the coastline from erosion. Without their protection, the natural forces that cause erosion – wave and current activity, storms and tides – have an unbroken run of the coastline.
CIWEM Changing Climate Award 2016 by Sandra Hoyn
Life Jackets on the Greek Island of Lesbos, 2016 / Lesbos. – Life vests, inner tubes and rubber rafts on the Greek island of Lesbos, the basic equipment that thousands of refugees have used to cross to Greece from Turkey.
Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award 2016 by Pedram Yazdani
Sand – The Salt Lake Urmia could be a symbol of what will happen soon to Iran – it is going to be dried out.
Shortlisted: Photo by Pooyan Shadpoor
Houcheraghi, 2015 / Iran – While walking along the shore of Larak – an island in the Persian Gulf – I came across this luminous scene. The magical lights of the plankton enchanted me so that I snapped the shot.
Shortlisted: Photo by Jonathan Fontaine
A baby on a camel and his family decided to move their camp of 10km to be closer to a river where there is some water left. Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years as the direct result of El Niño. Some 75% of harvests have been lost, 1 million livestock have died, and 10 to 15 million people require emergency humanitarian food assistance, with 430,000 children experiencing severe malnutrition.
Shortlisted: Photo by Moni Sankar
This cowboy in West Bengal, India, wanted to return his pet to shelter due to bad weather, but the pet did not agree.
Shortlisted: Photo By Steve Morgan
On Boxing day 2015, floods came to Hebden Bridge, a thriving ex-mill town in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire . Flood sirens echoed around the Valley at 7.30am, alerting sleeping residents to the rising waters about to engulf the town.
Shortlisted: Photo by Björn Vaughn
Slamet is a builder in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. All construction work had stopped due rampant peat fires blanketing the region in a toxic smog. He casts his net into a polluted canal, hoping to make a catch. “Better a dirt fish than no fish at all!” he says.
Shortlisted: Photo by Emanuele Giovagnoli
Oil pipelines run along a bridge over the Shiripuno river in the Yasuni national park. Oil pipelines run through the Ecuadorian rainforest to transport oil from pumping stations to oil developments.
Shortlisted: Photo by César Rodríguez
Artemio, 50 years old, applying pesticides at the tobacco fields in Mexico. He is applying a mixture of chemicals that if absorbed by his body, would put him in danger of losing his life. Normally these chemicals are prohibited, but not in these fields.
Shortlisted: Photo by Stuart Gleave
A large array of solar panels located on Tenerife’s southern coast.
Shortlisted: Photo by Yuyang Liu
Two men were fishing in the pond of Xian village, in the centre of Guangzhou city, Guangdong, China, which epitomises China’s modern urbanisation.