Photo Exhibition Highlights Chaos, Beauty Of Changing World

10,000 photos were entered in a U.K.-based photography contest. A panel of judges called these the best.

Richard Sidey, Pearl Farm, Manihiki Atoll, 2015 / Manihiki, Cook Islands
Richard Sidey, Pearl Farm, Manihiki Atoll, 2015 / Manihiki, Cook Islands

The socially-minded international competition was launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, a major British charitable organization, to highlight global issues through the lens of beautiful and sometimes tragic subjects.

This year’s winners were selected for five categories. Sixty submissions that highlight the most pressing social-environmental issues will be on display at the Royal Geographic Society in London from July to August.

Environmental Photographer Of The Year

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Sara Lindström — ‘Wildfire’

Lindström’s shot captures the immensity of devastation caused by an Alberta wildfire.

Young Environmental Photographer Of The Year

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Luke Massey — ‘Poser’

After complete eradication from Illinois in the 1960s, the peregrine falcon was reintroduced in the 80s. Massey’s candid shot of an adult along a condominium balcony captures the striking visage of one of 44 known Chicago falcons.

Built Environment Award

Kumar SL Shanth flooded home disaster

SL Kumar Shanth — ‘Losing Ground to Manmade Disaster’

Kumar’s remarkable image of a Chennai home being battered by the Bay of Bengal highlights the growing issue of rapid population growth in underdeveloped cities.

Changing Climate Award

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Sandra Hoyn — ‘Jackets on the Greek Island of Lesbos’

Hoyn, a German photojournalist, calls attention to the growing water crisis throughout the world through this image of refugees’ discarded life vests along a Greek Island. Residents flee countries currently experiencing struggles with basic needs, such as drinking water, as the effects of climate change and political issues begin to manifest.

People, Nature and Economy Award

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Pedram Yazdani — ‘Sand’

Due to manmade dams and climate change, the Salt Lake Urmia, the largest salt lake in the Middle East, now contains only 10 percent of its original volume.

Honorable Mentions On Display

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Moni Sankar, Approaching Storm, 2015 / West Bengal, India
Pooyan Shadpoor, Houcheraghi, 2015 / Iran
Pooyan Shadpoor, Houcheraghi, 2015 / Iran
Eric Madeja, Seaweed Farming, 2015 / Bum Bum Island, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Eric Madeja, Seaweed Farming, 2015 / Bum Bum Island, Borneo
Guy Bell, Hydroponics at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea Hospital, London UK, 18 May 2015
Guy Bell, Hydroponics at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.
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