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Impressive winners of 2018 Environmental Photographer

The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition awards are for those who use their creative voices to document the state of the planet. The 2018 contest saw entries from 89 countries, and only five photographers were selected as winners for their abilities to tell powerful stories. This contest is run by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), which gathers water and environment professional.

Saeed Mohammadzadeh, an Iranian photographer, got the Environmental Photographer of the Year for his image of an abandoned ship in the salt of the evaporating Urmia Lake. The image (below) demonstrates the deadly combination of climate change and man’s destruction of nature. The extreme salt is not only destroying habitats, but harming local residents as dust storms kick it up.

“End Floating” by Saeed Mohammadzadeh, Iran, Environmental Photographer of the Year

“There is a finality about this year’s winning image that I find chilling. The water once used for many purposes has gone and the decaying state of the ship suggests that the water will not return,” said Terry Fuller, CIWEM Chief Executive and judge of the competition. “Why was this ship left stranded? Did the owners not know or believe that the water levels were declining, or did it happen so quickly that they did not have time to adapt?”

While many images show destruction, there are also photographs that give us hope. Ümmü Kandilcioğlu‘s image of a man making straw from reeds, for instance, shows that sustainability practices are still taking place on a variety of levels. Aside from the five winners, several others were selected as “high commended” images. From a man floating in a river of trash in India to a macaque in Malaysia clutching a plastic bottle, the photographs are an emotional reminder of how much we need to resolve to clean up the environment.

Let´s see the other winners:

“Dryness” by Chinmoy Biswas, India, winner of Changing Climates Prize (2018, India)


“And life rises” by Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei, Iran, winner of Built Environment Prize (2017, Iran)


“Happiness on a rainy day” by Fardin Oyan, Bangladesh. Winner of the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (2017, Bangladesh)


“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)

And 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 (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 clutches a plastic bottle in its natural habitat in Borneo (2018, Malaysia)


“Urban life in Singapore” by Thigh Wanna (2017, Singapore)


Environmental Photographer
“Save Turtle” by Jing Li (2018, Sri Lanka)

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