Pictures that open our eyes to the climate crisis



  • CIWEM and WaterBear announce the winners of the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022 competition, along with Nikon and Arup

We have left 2022 Spain’s warmest year to date, with average temperatures The average temperature is above 15°C For the first time since at least 1915, according to the state meteorological agency (AEMET). It is a value of 1.6°C above the normal mean. It was also, without a doubt, a very dry year, with very little rain compared to other years.

The reason for this data is the climate crisis that affects not only the country, but the whole world. It is estimated that average temperatures will continue to rise, so more than a million species are at risk of extinction, in addition to wildfires, floods, droughts and other environmental disasters causing disasters across the planet. For all these reasons, the Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) awards seek to leave Evidence of the human impact of the climate crisis through images. This year, the award went to Mehdi Mohebipur for “The Bitter Death of Birds” (2021).

picture show Only three of the thousands of birds that died in Lake Miankale in Iran Due to pollution and water shortages, the efforts of environmental workers to collect corpses and prevent the spread of disease show. Chosen as the winning photo for a file A surreal depiction of the circular nature of life between humans and wildlife, In addition to its powerful blend of conveying real environmental issues affecting our planet, while using bold, contrasting colors to create a visually appealing image.

“Winning this prestigious award means a lot to the world, as photographing the weather and showing the damage it causes is my top priority in life. I want people around the world to know about this sad event of the death of birds because if we don’t reconsider our way of life and take care of the planet, This will soon happen in other countries,” says Mohebpur.

CIWEM also celebrates the photographers of the future, with Faiz Khan16 years old, award-winning Young Environmental Photographer of the Yearsubmitted by Nikon Corporation, on “Beautiful but Hostile Colors on Earth” (2022).

picture show Young flamingos fly over Lake Magadi and Lake Natron in Kenya. Both were once a single freshwater lake, but today they are two highly concentrated salt pans, namely Highly alkaline and toxic For most forms of animal and plant life, with the exception of the young flamingos, which like to feast on the surface. The photography was praised for being classic and well-composed, while also highlighting the untold effects of the climate crisis on Rift Valley.

Four additional classes

Vision of the future: Vertical Farming, Ari Basuki, 2022

Officers keep vegetable crops in a warehouse at Sintra Farm, Semangis, Depok, Indonesia. Various vegetables, such as collard greens, romaine, or broccoli are grown in a room where the light and temperature remain stable. the The advantage of vertical farming is that it is free of pesticideswith a harvest period of only 30 days and an average yield of 20kg to 30kg of vegetables per day.

Nature Restore:Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins’, Jonathan “Junk” Jimenez, 2021

The photo series “Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins” poses a fundamental question: What is humanity’s place on earth What is our relationship with nature? Far from being pessimistic, and at a time when humanity’s domination of nature is ever more extreme, it aims to awaken our conscience. (Pisa, Italy)

Keeping 1.5 Alive: Chemical explosion, Subrata Dey, 2022

There was a chemical explosion and fire at the BM Sitakunda Upazila container depot in Chittagong, Bangladesh on June 4, 2022. The fire confirmed 49 deaths, and the mixture of chemicals in the air and water had a devastating effect on the environment. the Explosion in the warehouse and spill the plastic containers into the nearest riveras water filled with chemicals entered the aquifer and destroyed fresh water supplies.

Adapt for tomorrow: New Paths to the Future (III), Simone Tramonte, 2021

A view of the Middelgrunden offshore wind farm from Amager Strand, a very popular beach in Copenhagen, Denmark. The wind farm is developed by a cooperative with strong participation from the local community. There are now 8,552 electricity consumers, a mix of citizens and small businesses, who own the wind farm and produce electricity for more than 40,000 homes in the Danish capital. Wind provides 14.4 percent of Denmark’s electricity consumption. More than 150,000 Danish families are members of wind turbine cooperatives.

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This year, an international jury, including a Nikon ambassador and activist Roy Galitz and an environmental and human rights photographer Matilda Gattoni, received entries from more than 115 regions around the world and from amateur and professional photographers of all ages, from 7 to 90 years old. Our mission with the 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year Award was this Challenging and inspiring those in front of and behind the lens as to how they see the Earth and people The populated images presented this year do just that, and we hope to encourage everyone who sees them to think about their impact on the planet,” said CIWEM Executive Director Terry Fuller.

“The amazing images submitted for the competition this year really highlight the importance of digital storytelling Raising awareness of the climate issues facing our planet. We hope these thought-provoking images will encourage storytellers around the world to continue sharing important stories to make an impact,” said WaterBear CEO Sam Sutaria.

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