Thursday, 26 June 2014

Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2014 winners – in pictures

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Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2014 winners – in pictures


The winners in the competition run by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) and sponsored by Atkins have been chosen from more than 10,000 entries that showcase the best in environmental photography and film. Winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June to 4 July, and tour UK forest venues until November. 
Luke Duggleby, Wrapping the surviving tree, 2013 Winner of the Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award 2014 (CIWEM)
Photograph: Luke Duggleby/Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
The winner of the Atkins Ciwem environmental film of the year 2014: Sean Gallagher, The toxic price of leather, 2013
 Sean Gallagher's film the toxic price of leather won the Atkins Ciwem environmental film of the year 2014
Gallagher explains: "On the banks of the Ganges River in northern India lies the city of Kanpur. It is now the biggest producer of leather products in the whole country. First established in the mid 19th-century, the city’s leather is exported across the world, with 95% of its leather destined for western markets. This success is coming at great environmental and social costs that are destroying the local Ganges River ecology and scarring the local people in the form of life-threatening illnesses. The city is now notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution, which has been created by the leathery tannery industry which discharges waste water laced with toxic chemicals freely into local waterways. This water is used by local people and is channelled onto local farmland, subsequently poisoning the soil, entering the food chain and accumulating in local ecosystems. An array of health problems now afflict locals who are suffering as a result of the bio-accumulation of dangerous toxins over the past decades." 
Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad, In search of life, 2014 Winner of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
 Photograph: Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad/Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014.
Winner of the Atkins Ciwem environmental film of the year 2014: Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad, In search of life, 2014
"A fireman is looking for any signs of life after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. About 400 shanty homes were gutted and four people died in this incident, including a six-year-old child. However, no casualties were ever officially reported and the reason of the fire remained unknown."
Faisal Azim, Life in the circle, 2013  Winner of the Atkins City Scape Award 2014
 Photograph: Faisal Azim/Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
Winner of the Atkins City Scape award 2014: Faisal Azim, Life in the circle, 2013
"According to a government report, the total number of beggars, or vagabonds, across Bangladesh is now more than 900,000. The literal meaning of 'vagabond' indicates a person who has the capacity to work but is choosing not doing so. It also refers to a person who has no specific place of residence. A vagabond appears to contradict the right to life and freedom of movement, which are guaranteed as fundamental rights by the Bangladeshi constitution. There are allegations of physical, mental and even sexual torture against people in shelter centres."
Luke Duggleby, Wrapping the surviving tree, 2013 Winner of the Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award 2014
 Photograph: Luke Duggleby/Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
Winner of the Forestry Commission England exhibition award 2014: Luke Duggleby, Wrapping the surviving tree, 2013
"Cambodian Buddhist monks and local villagers bless one of the remaining large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation. Whilst arriving too late to stop the destruction completely, by wrapping an orange cloth around the remaining trees and praying, they are making the trees sacred with the hope to deter future loggers. Following uncontrolled forest destruction in the Central Cardamom protected forest in south-west Cambodia, an eco-warrior monk movement has begun to try and protect areas of forest at risk."
Bogumil Kruzel, Man in the face of nature I, 2014 Winner of the CIWEM Award
 Photograph: Bogumil Kruzel/Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014
Winner of the Ciwem award 2014: Bogumil Kruzel, Man in the face of nature I, 2014 
"Wieliczka Salt Mine. Engels Leaching Tower, 135m below ground level. A few such towers were built in the mine. Saline water flows through the tower, dissolving lumps of salt placed inside to produce fully saturated brine."
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