Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 exhibition will open on 25th October, just a month before the Cancún climate-change conference. The overall winner of the 2010 competition is an aerial photograph titled “Flight of the Rays” by Florian Schulz, which shows a congregation of Munkiana devil rays in Baja California Sur. Bulgarian Radoslav Radoslavov Valkov has gained the title of the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year with his macro photograph of a fly. Hungary’s Bence Máté has been announced winner of The Natural World category for his image, “Fly to Eye” (see above). The winning images will be exhibited at The Air Gallery, Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4NE on 25th - 30th October 2010. Admission is free. A Blurb photo book of the winning images from the 2010 competition is available for purchase.
CIWEM Press Release
CAN THIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION CHANGE THE WAY POLITICIANS THINK?
Photographs dealing with some of the most important issues of our time will be on display from 25th October. And with only one month to go before the Cancun climate change summit, CIWEM is hoping that the Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition will persuade politicians to take the urgent and decisive action needed to combat climate change.
The Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography, honouring amateur and professional photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues. Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Environmental Photographer of the Year has exceeded all expectations, receiving over 4,500 entries from photographers in 97 countries in just its fourth year. That’s a record breaking rise in entries of 93 percent from 2009, with this year seeing the first entries from countries such as Tajikistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mongolia, Swaziland, Palestine, Latvia and Bolivia.
The free exhibition features the most outstanding collection of environmental, social and natural photographs in the world, with over 50 winning and highly commended images from amateur and professional photographers.
International League of Conservation Photographer Florian Schulz won the overall title of The Environmental Photographer of the Year with his picture of an unprecedented congregation of Munkiana Devil Rays in Baja California Sur, whilst 20 year old Bulgarian Radoslav Radoslavov Valkov gained the title of the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year with his macro photograph of a fly.
The collection will be showcased at The Air Gallery, Dover Street, London from 25th to 30th October. For more information on the exhibition, please go to www.epoty.org.
Judge Nick Reeves, CIWEM’s Executive Director, said:
“CIWEM has its finger on the zeitgeist, with thousands of people demonstrating their appreciation and concern for our world through the Environmental Photographer of the Year. Unfortunately this passion does not seem to be shared by our world leaders and our progress on prioritising the environment has not commensurate with the magnitude of the threat posed by climate change. Unless we cut our carbon emissions and invest in adaptation measures, we face a desperate fight for survival.”
“Protecting our environment is the most pressing problem we face and the Environmental Photographer of the Year highlights the challenges that face people on an everyday basis, whilst also allowing us to appreciate the wonder and beauty that surrounds us. I urge Ministers to visit the exhibition to help them understand just how imperative it is for them to re-think their approach to climate change ahead of the crucial convention in Cancun in December. The era of procrastination is over.”
CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 exhibition will be at The Air Gallery, Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4NE on 25th - 30th October 2010. For more information, please go to www.epoty.org.
Photo credit: Fly to Eye by Bence Máté
CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 Natural World Category Winner