Hosted by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and WaterBear, in partnership with Nikon, the competition showcases inspirational and thought-provoking environmental photos from around the world, while celebrating our ability to survive and innovate while calling attention to our impact on the planet.
Entry to the competition is free and open to all ages in the following categories:
- Environmental Photographer of the Year
- Young Environmental Photographer of the Year
- Environments of the Future
- Sustainable Cities
- Climate Action
- Water and Security
- The Resilient Award
- People’s Choice
Having received thousands of submissions from every corner of the globe, the 2021 winners were announced at COP26. Here’s who received the top honours:
Environmental Photographer of the Year: Antonio Aragón Renuncio
Antonio won for his photo of a child sleeping inside a house destroyed by coastal erosion on Afiadenyigba beach in Ghana, called The Rising Tide Sons.
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year: Amaan Ali
Amaan’s photo, called Inferno, shows a boy fighting fires in a forest in Yamuna Ghat, New Delhi, India.
The Resilient Award: Ashraful Islam
Ahraful’s striking photograph, called Survive For Alive, shows a flock of sheep searching for grass in cracked soil in Bangladesh, caused by extreme drought in the country.
Sustainable Cities: Simone Tramonte
This photo, called Net-Zero Transition, depicts a photobioreactor in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, that produces sustainable astaxanthin using clean geothermal energy.
Climate Action: Kevin Ochieng
The Last Breath depicts a dystopian imagining of a boy taking in oxygen from the planet, with a sand storm in the background, an artistic warning of incoming changes.
Water and Security: Sandipani Chattopadhyay
Green Barrier shows a boat sailing through the Damodar River in India, that contains vast areas of algal bloom, which is caused by irregular rain and droughts, and stops oxygen from being absorbed by organisms beneath the water.
Environments of the Future: Michele Lapini
Michele’s photo, simply titled Flood, shows a house submerged in flood water in the Po Valley in Italy.
Ashraful Islam – Fishing in River
Azim Khan Ronnie – Drying Incense
Celia Kujala – Hooked Pup
Giacomo d’Orlando – The Nemo’s Garden
Subrata Dey – Environment Confined in Plastic
Pedro de Oliveira Simões Esteves – Clean Energy
Roberto Bueno – The Polygonal Forest
You can still cast your vote for the People’s Choice category – go to Instagram @environmental_photographer_oty and the photo with the most likes by 1 December will win!
Learn more about The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition at epoty.org
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