Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 Returns to Grizedale Forest

Seaweed Farming in Malaysian Borneo by Eric Madeja Behind the Taj Mahal, India, by Mustafa AbdulHadi Floods in West Yorkshire, UK, by Steve Morgan Solar Portraits, India, by Ruben Salgado Escudero

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 returns to Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, from 3 September 2016 until 1 January 2017.

In association with Forestry Commission England, photographs will be showcased in the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre and beneath the canopy of the forest in one of the UK’s most unique and scenic outdoor arts and exhibition spaces.

Grizedale Forest remains one of Europe’s most cherished locations for site-specific art and plays host to over 40 sculptures

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 presents a shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs from a submission of 10,000 images by photographers and filmmakers from across 70 countries. The exhibition will be on show at the Royal Geographical Society, before touring to Grizedale Forest, supported for the fourth year by Forestry Commission England.

Transhumance in Spain by Susana Girón
Transhumance in Spain by Susana Girón

The EPOTY 2016 photographs & films reflect the urgent environmental & social concerns that surround us today.

The shortlisted photographs and films showcase a diverse selection of profound ecological and social issues. Environmental topics include recent natural catastrophes induced by the changing climate, the effects of population growth on the urban environment, and the resourceful ways in which the human race is preserving the earth’s biodiversity.

Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and sponsored by Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition honours amateurs and professionals of all ages.

Gravel Workmen of Chittagong, Bangladesh, by Faisal Azim
Gravel Workmen of Chittagong, Bangladesh, by Faisal Azim

The entries were judged on impact, relevance, originality and technical ability by a distinguished panel comprising:

Ben Aviss – Acting Editor of BBC Earth UK
Ian Dunn – Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton; former Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust
Dr David Haley – Senior Research Fellow, Director – Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tim Parkin – Landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape
Hayley Skipper – National Arts Development Programme Manager, Forestry Commission England

Year on year, it just gets better and better. Again, I was amazed at the diversity of subject matter and the diversity of photographers – seeing the extraordinary within the mundane and revealing the way extreme environments are becoming the new normal – Dr David Haley, 2016 selector

Life in Boiler, West Bengal, India, by Sudipta Dutta Chowdhury
Life in Boiler, West Bengal, India, by Sudipta Dutta Chowdhury

Prizes were announced on 28 June 2016 at 7.15pm, in a ceremony presented by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. This year there are three specific prize themes: Built Environment, Changing Climate, and People, Nature and Economy.

For further information please visit the EPOTY 2016 website

// MORE ABOUT GRIZEDALE

Grizedale Forest remains one of Europe’s most cherished locations for site-specific art and plays host to over 40 sculptures and features the work of David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Koenig and many others. The history of the forest as a location for challenging environmental art dates back to the late 60s drawing influence from the Land Art movement in the USA.

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is one of the world’s fastest growing photography competitions. Exhibiting it for a third year in a row shows Forestry Commission England’s commitment to environmental awareness forming a key part of its Forest Art Works programme.

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibits at Grizedale Forest from 3 September 2016 until 1 January 2017

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