Environmental Photographer of the Year Launched by CIWEM in 2007 has grown from strength to strength and is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world. www.ciwem.org
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is delighted to announce that Michele Palazzi has been awarded the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award 2013 for his image entitled ‘Gone with the Dust #02’ (pictured, above). Palazzi, who is from Rome, Italy, was awarded £5,000 by CIWEM’s President, Paul Hillman, at a private awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 9 April 2013. His striking and emotive prize winning image shows a young boy and his sister during a sand storm in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (under 18) Award of £1,000, which was presented by David Tonkin, CEO, UK Atkins, was awarded to Eleanor Bennett who has two works selected for exhibition, ‘Travelling Through’ and ‘Car Damage’ (‘Car Damage’ is pictured, above). Bennett who is 17 years old and from Stockport, UK, comments ‘I look everywhere for inspiration. To some I may seem comical in my endless tourist like search for new sights. I was born in Stockport and have lived in Northern England all my life. I feel lucky that I have the time to look to the skies whilst the majority are just looking towards their next pay cheque.’
The Environmental Video of the Year Award of £1,000 judged by Robert Harding World Imagery was awarded to Jonathan Goldberg for ‘Shaking the Tree’ (video still pictured above), which shows how one man inspired an army of fruit harvesters in his local community.
Goldberg explains: ‘Michael and his team of enthusiastic volunteers gather tons of apples and pears each year which would otherwise rot. Too many to eat themselves, they put them to creative use by engaging with high street shoppers and residents.’
CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video. Honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages, it 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. This year sees a major new partnership with Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies who are supporting the competition.
The 3,000 entries were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability by the 2013 selectors; Nick Reeves OBE, Executive Director of CIWEM; Nick Roberts, Atkins Strategy Director; Dr David Haley HonFCIWEM, Senior Research Fellow at MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University & Visiting Professor at Zhongyuan University of Technology; and award winning documentary photographer, Adam Hinton. Selected works examine issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth.
‘These photographs and videos are some of the most powerful images anyone will ever see. They tell a breathtaking and compelling range of stories on the environment and on the condition in which we live. Shock and awe, beauty and despair – it’s all there.’ CIWEM Executive Director, Nick Reeves OBE