Bogumil Kruzel from Poland won the CIWEM award of £1,000 for his striking image, ‘Man in the face of nature I’, which depicts the Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland. The winning image is one of three from the series to be exhibited and was taken 135 meters below ground level.
CIWEM’s Director of Membership and Development, Paul Horton, remarks, ‘William Albert Allard said, “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper” – which I believe sums up Environmental Photographer of the Year. Unless those pictures that no one else would take are taken, we will never see the reality of our world, we will never probe deeper and never ask the challenging questions that must be asked. This year’s competition opens our eyes and asks to look at the world around us properly.’
Forestry Commission England Exhibition
The Forestry Commission England Exhibition award, also new this year, offers the winning photographer a solo show at one of England’s public forests. It was presented to Luke Duggleby, an award-winning British photographer based in Asia. His image, ‘Wrapping a surviving tree’, is part of series featuring Cambodian Buddhist monks blessing the remaining large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation. The trees are wrapped in orange cloth while the monks pray, making them sacred to deter future loggers.
Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and sponsored by Atkins, one of the worlds leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, the exhibition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. From over 10,000 entries this year, the panel of judges have selected a total of 94 films and photographs that are contemporary, creative, resonant, original and beautiful, by international photographers and filmmakers for display at the Royal Geographical Society, London, from 23 June–4 July 2014, and touring nationally until November.
The entries were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability by the panel comprising Paul Horton, Director of Membership and Development, CIWEM; Brigitte Lardinois, Deputy Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London; Tim Parkin, landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape; and David Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Atkins.
Selected works examine issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth.
The works will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June-4 July
2014, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England,
beginning at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Cumbria from 19 July–2 November 2014.