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Winner of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 is awarded to Sara Lindström for her imposing photograph ‘Wildfire’. Swedish-born Sara picked up photography while studying in South Africa, and is now based in the Canadian Rockies. Her projects have seen her travel across more than 50 countries, capturing the beauty of the more remote corners of the earth. She wins the prestigious title of Environmental Photographer of the Year and £3,000.

Double Disaster: Houses of tsunami survivors being washed away in sea erosion in Ennore near Nettukuppam in Chennai. pic by S L Shanth Kumar

Indian photojournalist SL Kumar Shanth collects the Atkins Built Environment Award 2016 for ‘Losing Ground to Manmade Disaster’, which depicts the damage being wrought on the coastline at Chennai, the biggest metropolis in Southern India, by a combination of man-made and natural forces. Janet Miller, cities and development director, Atkins commented “Shanth Kumar’s photograph acts as a powerful reminder of the potential risks at stake when human actions disrupt natural processes, particularly in areas of rapid and unplanned urban expansion.”

Life vests, inner tubes and rubber rafts on the north coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. The basic equipment that thousands of refugees have used to cross to Greece from Turkey. November 21, 2015.

he CIWEM Changing Climate Award 2016 is presented to Sandra Hoyn for her moving photograph ‘Life Jackets on the Greek Island of Lesbos’. “This image depicts the major humanitarian crisis of our time, each of the life vests representing a refugee and their journey…This image serves as a warning and reinforces the need for us to act now and think globally” Terry Fuller, CIWEM Chief Executive.

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Luke Massey is awarded the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 for his bold photograph ‘Poser’. “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 4 chicks to fledging.” Described by naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham as an ‘exceptional young man’, Luke dedicates his photographic skills to drawing attention to the plight of wildlife under threat. As a photographer @lmasseyimages wanted to tell the whole story, the progression of the family and the area they lived in. The birds being so human tolerant helped him immensely.

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Pedram Yazdani wins the Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award 2016 for his arresting work ‘Sand’. “The Salt Lake Urmia could be a symbol of what will happen soon to Iran – it is going to be dried out”, explains Yazdani. “The biggest salt lake in the Middle East, it now contains only ten percent of the original amount of water, as a result both of climate change, and of dam and well construction.”

The winning photographs and film will be among 60 works on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 21 August 2016. The exhibition will then tour to Grizedale Forest, supported by Forestry Commission England, from 3 September 2016 until 1 January 2017.


Venue:                    Royal Geographical Society
Dates:                     29 June – 21 August 2016
Address:                  1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (main entrance on Exhibition Road)
Opening times:       10.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday
Admission:              Free
Nearest tube:          South Kensington
Tel:                          +44 (0)20 7591 3000
Web:                       www.epoty.org
Twitter:                    @EPOTYcomp #EPOTY16

For further details about the exhibition, please contact exhibition organisers, Parker Harris: Tel. +44 (0) 1372 462190, email. epoty@parkerharris.co.uk