Grim photo of dead flamingos wins 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year

Dec 2, 2022

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Grim photo of dead flamingos wins 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year

Dec 2, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Environmental Photographer of the Year contest has announced its 2022 winners. Like every year, some images show the beauty of both natural and man-made worlds. However, most photos show the grim reality that we live in. But if nothing else, they will make you care about the environment more than you already are. And it’s a good thing, right?

CIWEM, WaterBear, Nikon and Arup are the names behind this year’s contest. Now in its 15th year, the Environmental Photographer Of The Year showcases inspirational environmental photography but also provides an international platform to raise awareness for the issues that put our planet at risk. The 2022 contest saw entries from over 115 territories around the world and from amateur and professional photographers of all ages, ranging from seven to 90 years old.

This year’s grand prize winner is Mehdi Mohebi Pour, for his grim image titled The Bitter Death of Birds. The image depicts just three of the thousands of birds which died in the Miankaleh Lagoon in Iran due to contamination and lack of water. But it also shows the efforts of environmental workers to collect the bodies to prevent the spread of disease.

This image was chosen as the winner for its “surreal portrayal of the circular nature of life between humans and wildlife; as well as its powerful combination of conveying the real environmental issues affecting our planet, whilst using bold and contrasting colors to create a visually arresting photo,” the jury explains.

© Mehdi Mohebi Pour/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022

Commenting on his win, Mehdi Mohebi Pour says:

“It means the world to have won this prestigious award as photographing the climate and showcasing the damage being caused is my biggest priority in life. I want people around the world to know about this sad event of the death of the birds as, if we do not reconsider our lifestyle and take care of the planet, this will soon happen in other countries.”

The competition also celebrates the photographers of the future, with 16-year-old Fayz Khan winning the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year award. His image Beautiful But Hostile Colours on Earth, interestingly enough, also shows flamingos. Lesser flamingos, to be exact. You can see them flying over Lake Magadi and Lake Natron in Kenya: two water bodies that were once a single freshwater lake. Today, however, they have become two highly concentrated salt pans, which are severely alkaline and toxic to most forms of plant and animal life. But lesser flamingos are an exception – they love to feed on the surface.

© Fayz Khan/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022

The full list of the winning photographs and winners of this year’s competition are:

Ethical photography

I would like to praise the contest for introducing an ethics panel this year, with goal of improving accountability and transparency in photo selection. Following a thorough screening process, the panel provided guidance on this year’s competition rules and reviewed photos that raised ethical concerns. The panel discussed all photos that didn’t meet the competition’s ethical standards. For example, if they dehumanize people or exploit individuals or animals. In these cases, the judges asked for additional information from photographers before making the final decision.

Terry Fuller, Chief Executive at CIWEM said:

“Our mission with the 2022 Environmental Photographer of the Year competition was to challenge and inspire those in front of and behind the lens with regards to how they view the earth and the people that inhabit it. The photographs submitted this year certainly do that and we hope encourage all who see them to think about their impact on the planet.”

Take a look at the category winners and a selection of shortlists below. You will find more information on the Environmental Photographer of the Year’s website.

Category winners

© Arie Basuki/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; Vision of the Future: “Vertical Farming”
Officers maintain vegetable crops in a warehouse at Sentra Farm, Cimanggis, Depok, West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday (18/01/2022). Various vegetables such as curly lettuce, romaine, oclave green, siiomak, kailan and others are cultured in a room where the light and temperature remain stable. The advantage of vertical farming which has just been developed in the past year is that it is free of pesticides with a harvest period of only 30 days with an average yield of 20 to 30 kg of vegetables/day with nutrients between Rp. 15 thousand to Rp. 30 thousand/250 gram.
© Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; Recovering Nature: “Naturalia: Chronicle Of Contemporary Ruins”
© Subrata Dey/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; Keeping 1.5 Alive: “Chemical Explosion”
© Simone Tramonte/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; Adapting for Tomorrow: “New Ways To The Future (III)”

Shortlists selection

© Hira Punjabi/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Glacier Calving”
© Pinu Rahman/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Floating Timber Market”
© Md Shafiul Islam/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Environment Friendly Construction Under The Ground”
© Thomas Jean/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Ecologie Moderne”
© Ahsanul Haque Nayem/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Ecofriendly Jute Processing”
© Dibyendu Biswas/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Drying Paddy”
© Sujan Sarkar/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Bio Mining With Trommel Machine”
© Nigel Wallace-Iles/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Always a little further…”
© Azim Khan Ronnie/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “A Story Of A Dried River”
© Kazi Md. Jahirul Islam/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “The Pollution Crisis In Bangladesh”
© Maciej Krzanowski/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “I’m Watching You Everywhere”
© Sandipani Chattopadhyay/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Lillies Of Bengal”
© Matjaz Krivic/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Lithium Evaporation Ponds”
© Neil Ever Osborne/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Offshore Wind Resolution”
© Jignesh Chavda/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “People at Work”
© Gaeus Lazar Osilao/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “Solar Is The Key”
© Solayman Hosain/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “The Climate Change Effect”
© Muntaka Chasant/Environmental Photographer of the Year 2022; “The Environmental Cost of Fast Fashion”

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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