CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year Winners Announced

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Michele Palazzi, Gone With the Dust #02, 2012

Michele Palazzi, Gone With the Dust #02, 2012

The results for the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental (CIWEM) Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced. Michel Palazzi’s “Gone with the Dust #02,” an image of a young boy and his sister protecting their eyes during a sandstorm in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, scooped the top prize.

Steve Brockett, Model housing, 2012

Steve Brockett, Model housing, 2012

On the 9th April 2013, Palazzi, a Rome-based photographer was awarded the £5000 prize by CIWEM’S President Paul Hillman at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society.

GMB Akash, Survivors, 2011

GMB Akash, Survivors, 2011

Launched in 2007, CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is dedicated to showcasing the best in environmental photography and video from across the international spectrum. Open to both amateurs and professionals, the competition provides an excellent opportunity for image makers to share their representation of environmental and social issues, whilst  simultaneously enhancing our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

Steve Morgan, GPAction, 2011

Steve Morgan, GPAction, 2011

CIWEM’s Executive Director Nick Reeves OBE said:

“These photographs and videos are some of the most powerful images anyone will ever see. They tell a breathtaking and compelling range of stories on the environment and on the condition in which we live. Shock and awe, beauty and despair – its all there.”

Lu Guang, Polluted Landscape, 2012

Lu Guang, Polluted Landscape, 2012

The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year was also announced. Eleanor Bennett from Stockport, UK, was awarded the prize for her two featured works, ‘Travelling Through’ and ‘Car Damage’. 17 year old Bennett said :

“I look everywhere for inspiration. To some I may seem comical in my endless tourist like search for new sights. I was born in Stockport and have lived in Northern England all my life. I feel lucky that I have the time to look to the skies whilst the majority are just looking towards their next pay cheque.”

Eleanor Bennett, Car Damaged, 2011

Eleanor Bennett, Car Damaged, 2011

On “Car Damage” (see above) Bennett said:

“For me this image and the others in its series represent an awful waste. This is a Morris Minor Betha from the mid 50s, it has provided me with much inspiration. I am fascinated by decay and creation. I enjoy finding beauty in the last moments whether the subject matter be inanimate or of character.”

The winning and shortlisted images from the EPOTY awards are on display at the Royal Geographical Society from the 10th April to the 3rd May 2013.

Igor F. Petkovic, Trashfighter, 2009

Igor F. Petkovic, Trashfighter, 2009

For more information visit:

www.rgs.org / www.epoty.org

Alamsyah Rauf, Farmer under the Sun, 2012

Alamsyah Rauf, Farmer under the Sun, 2012

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