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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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”

see the full article here

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

Shortlisted entries to the competition, which showcases the best in environmental photography and film, will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June to 4 July, and tour UK forest venues until November. Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem), and sponsored by Atkins, the exhibition will show contemporary, creative, and original pictures taken by international photographers and filmmakers. The winners – chosen from more than 10,000 entries – will be announced on 24 June

Full details about this award can be found here

There is an excellent article in The Guardian here


Rainwater collection, 2012, by Prasanta Biswas (India)
People living in Sundarban, West Bengal, India, face regular shortages of water. The tropical climate has resulted in different physical effects from climate change, including increased temperature and precipitation, increased salinity and extreme weather events such as floods, cyclones and droughts.


Wrapping a surviving tree, Luke Duggleby, 2013


Fishing net making in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Tuyet Trinh Do, 2012


Solar 4, Steve Morgan, 2013

Following a hugely successful first year partnership, Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, are once again sponsoring the competition, allowing for two significant improvements this year. 2014 sees the introduction of the Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1,000, and the competition is now free to enter.

Prizes for the 2014 competition include:

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year of £5000

Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18) of £1000

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year of £1000

Atkins Cityscape Prize of £1000

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award: one photographer will be invited to exhibit a solo show at one of England’s public forests