The best eco-responsible photos of 2021
The changes humans make to the environment continue to be an underlying theme in many of the photography competitions we feature here on Popular photography. But this is the major theme of the 14th edition Environmental Photographer of the Year Award– whose winners have just been announced on the occasion of the COP26 climate change conference.
About the competition
The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition “celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and presents stimulating images that draw attention to our impact and inspire us to live sustainably”.
It’s always interesting to see thematic contests like this. Environmental photography is not exactly a traditional genre of photography. Rather, it is up to the photographers to approach the subject as they see fit. Many of the winning shots lie at the intersection of documentary work and landscape, while others use more structured compositions.
There are seven categories with the winners chosen by the jury, they include:
- The award for environmental photographer of the year.
- The award for young environmental photographer of the year.
- The Resilient Award, which is given to “a single image that incorporates a compelling narrative that educates, spreads hope and inspires action”.
- The Future Environments Award, which rewards an image that shows “the resilience of people and environments in the face of adversity and meeting the challenges of environmental destruction, energy security and the conservation of our natural resources” .
- The Sustainable Cities Award, which rewards images that showcase built environments and “the links between nature, society and infrastructure”.
- The Climate Action Award, which is awarded to an image that “demonstrates the human connection to the natural world and our actions to preserve it”.
- The Water and Security Prize, which is awarded to an image that “explores our ever increasing demand for water and the role of equality in all aspects of water management, from the scarcity of water. water to floods ”.
And there is also a People’s choice price you can vote on now. The winning photo will be chosen on December 1st.
Environmental photographer of the year
Antonio Aragón Renuncio, a Spanish photographer, won the first prize of £ 10,000 ($ 13,425) and the title of “Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021” for his photo of a sleeping child inside a house destroyed by coastal erosion on a beach in Ghana.
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year
Amaan Ali won the title of “Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021” and a Nikon Z camera for his photo of a boy fighting forest fires in New Delhi, India.
I don’t say this lightly, but I think this is one of the few situations where the Youth Prize winner could have won the all-around.
The price of resilience
Ashraful Islam won the “Resilience Award” for this photo of a flock of sheep foraging for grass to eat on parched, cracked ground in Bangladesh.
Environments of the future
Michele Lapini won the “Future Environments Award” for this aerial photo of a flooded house in Modena, Italy.
Simone Tramonte won the “Sustainable Cities Award” for this shot of a photobioreactor that produces long lasting astaxanthin products in Iceland. (Yeah, I had to google it too, but it’s a hell of a shot.)
Check out the rest of the photos
It is not yet clear how to enter next year’s competition. But if it looks like this year, it will launch in March with a close for entries in late July. Oh, and entry will be free, which is a big deal considering the quality of the costs.