AboutLaunched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and sponsored by Atkins, one of the worlds leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, the exhibition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. From over 10,000 entries this year, the panel of judges have selected works that are contemporary, creative, resonant, original and beautiful, by international photographers and filmmakers for display at the Royal Geographical Society, London from 23 June 4 July 2014 and on tour to forests venues nationally until November.
The entries were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability by the panel comprising Paul Horton, Director of Membership and Development, CIWEM; Brigitte Lardinois, Deputy Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London; Tim Parkin, landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape; and David Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Atkins.
Selected works examine issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth. The varied photographs include Luke Duggleby's âWrapping a surviving tree' which pictures Cambodian Buddhist monks blessing large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation; Alnis Stakle's âShangri-La 1' which depicts traditional buildings alongside skyscrapers in Shanghai's growing cityscape, and Matilda Temperley's âBasket Centre' which shows the impact of the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels. The exhibition honours amateurs and professionals of all ages, and provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.