The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition awards those who use their creative voices to document the state of the planet. The 2018 contest saw entries from 89 countries.
The Iranian photographer Saeed Mohammadzadeh has been named Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year. End Floating, his haunting image of a beached boat on the solidified salty remains of Urmia Lake, illustrates how climate change, water mismanagement and drought have decimated the landscape.
“End Floating” by Saeed Mohammadzadeh, Iran, winner of Environmental Photographer of the Year Prize 2018. The photo shows a ship sitting in salt in the Urmia Lake in Iran. Climate change is intensifying the droughts that speed up evaporation in the region. The lake has also been suffering from illegal wells and a proliferation of dams and irrigation projects causing it to reduce significantly in volume. Noxious, salt-tinged dust storms inflame the eyes, skin, and lungs of residents in surrounding areas. The drying up of the river is destroying local habitats, due to the extreme salinity levels of 340 grams per liter, which is over eight times saltier than ocean water. (2017, Iran)
“Dryness” by Chinmoy Biswas, India, winner of Changing Climates Prize. A child is found sitting on dry land where the land is cracked and has scaled due to lack of water. Long dry spells can cause the ground to remain open underground even after they have visibly sealed on the surface. (2018, India)
“And life rises” by Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei, Iran, winner of Built Environment Prize. A woman and her little daughter are standing next to their damaged items recovered from the rubble of their house in Sarpol-e Zahab, following the devastating earthquake that hit the region in 2017 and killed over 600 people. A destroyed Mehr Residential Complex can be seen in the background. (2017, Iran)
“Bulrush” by Ümmü Kandilcioğlu, Turkey. Winner of the Sustainability in Practice Prize. The photograph shows a worker making straw from the reeds for a living. (2017, Turkey)
“Happiness on a rainy day” by Fardin Oyan, Bangladesh. Winner of the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year. Bangladesh’s children are fond of a rainy day. They love to bath and play in rain. The country is flat and occupied by the huge Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, and is therefore exposed to floods, especially during monsoon season. (2017, Bangladesh)
Five other photographers were highly commended for their strong environmental messaging and high-quality photography.
“Boulmigou. The Paradise of Forgotten Hearts” by Antonio Aragón Renuncio. Children play on old tires that will burn to warm the rock and make it more brittle in the polluted quarry of Boulmigou with terrible consequences: fires, respiratory diseases, groundwater contamination, brutal pollution that destroys the environment… death. (2017, Burkina Faso)
“Floating life on river under pollution” by Tapan Karmakar. (2018, India)
“Not in My Forest” by Calvin Ke. A southern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina) clutches a plastic bottle in its otherwise pristine natural habitat in Borneo, Malaysia. (2018, Malaysia)
“Urban life in Singapore” by Thigh Wanna. (2017, Singapore)
Save Turtle” by Jing Li.(2018, Sri Lanka)