Forestry Commission England are delighted to support the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016, an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.
Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016
Royal Geographical Society, London 29 June – 21 August 2016
Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Cumbria 3 September 2016
The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 presents a shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs, from a submission of 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
“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 were announced 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
Forestry Commission England are delighted to award the Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award 2016 to Pedram Yazdani.
Yazdani's work will be showcased alongside the exhibition at Grizedale Forest.
This photograph depicts the plight of Lake Urmia in Iran. Once the biggest salt lake in the Middle East, it now contains only ten percent of the original water as a result of climate change and the construction of dams and wells.