The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year has just announced the winners and shortlisted images of the 2019 contest. All photos are absolutely striking, showing the raw reality of humanity’s and wildlife’s struggle against the impacts of climate change all around the world.
In his work, photographer Benjamin Von Wong often points out issues present in our society. In his latest impressive project, he shows the true impact of the clothing industry on the environment. This industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, and through his photos, Ben wants to show you “where your clothes were really born.”
Can photography change the world? This is the question I often ask myself, and I am not the only one. I am still looking for an answer, but there are artists who are actively trying to change the world with their projects. They are trying to point out to the problems we are facing on a global level. One of such artists is Ben Von Wong. After creating the incredible Mermaids Hate Plastic project, he continued pointing out to the environmental issues through his work. He created another epic project: Mad Max Meets Trump’s America. It relies on a well-known problem we should all be worried about – air pollution. After hearing about President Trump’s recent commitment to bring back coal, his initial idea turned political – and became a fantastic, thought-provoking project in a Mad Max-like setting. What would the world look like if we had new coal mines?
Half a year ago, Wyoming passed one of the most controversial laws concerning photography ever (and agriculture for that matter) – the Data Trespass Law. The law has lots of legalese, but in a shell, the law makes it illegal to “…photograph or otherwise preserve information in any form from open land which is submitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government“.
Now Wyoming is being sued [pdf] by broad coalition of environmental, justice, and animal rights groups challenging the law to be unconstitutional.
Wyoming is unquestionably a gorgeous state and one that’s coveted by landscape and wildlife photographers around the world. With Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, or one of the other vast and countless parks, it’s one of the United State’s more untouched states, providing photographers a wide offering of natural backdrops to photograph. However, according to a report published by Slate, a new bill (SF0012) has gone into effect which may have some photographers facing up to five years jail time.
“photos are a type of data, and the new law makes it a crime to gather data about the condition of the environment across most of the state if you plan to share that data with the state or federal government.”
The law, titled ‘Trespassing to collect data’, states that any individual collecting data (photographs included) on open land without written or verbal permission to be collecting data is punishable by $1000 fine, up to one year jail time, or both. Repeat offenders would face a fine of up to $5000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 5 years. [Read More…]