26 May 2016
The shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs will go on show at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 21 August 2016. They have been selected from a submission of approximately ten thousand images by photographers and filmmakers from across seventy countries internationally. The exhibition will then tour to Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, supported by Forestry Commission England.
The selected 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 world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition provides an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film, by both amateurs and professionals. Atkins and CIWEM aim to inspire a global audience to think differently about contemporary social and environmental issues, including sustainable development, pollution and human rights.
Terry Fuller, CIWEM Chief Executive, observed: “The images from the EPOTY competition highlight the most urgent challenges we face, remind us of the importance of our work and inspire us to do better. We look forward to sharing the images with CIWEM members and the public at this year’s much anticipated exhibition.”
The entries were judged on impact, relevance, originality and technical ability by a distinguished panel and the winners will be announced on 28 June 2016 at a ceremony presented by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. This year there are three specific prize themes – Built Environment, Changing Climate, and People, Nature and Economy.
Royal Geographical Society, 29 June–21 August 2016
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (main entrance on Exhibition Road), from 10.00am-5.00pm daily
Twitter: @EPOTYcomp #EPOTY16
Image: © Shadpoor Pooyan / Bioluminescent Plankton, Iran