It’s always pleasing to run across stunning photos of our world. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), a UK-based NGO, sponsors an annual contest for environmental photographer of the year. Here’s a story on this year’s competition, with a few excerpts and several of the award-winning photos below:
A picture of an unprecedented congregation of Munkiana Devil Rays in Baja California Sur has won Florian Schulz the prestigious 2010 title of The Environmental Photographer of the Year. And 20 year old Bulgarian Radoslav Radoslavov Valkov has gained the title of the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year with his macro photograph of a fly.
Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Environmental Photographer of the Year has exceeded all expectations, receiving over 4,500 entries from photographers in 97 countries in just its fourth year. That’s a record breaking rise in entries of 93 percent from 2009, with this year seeing the first entries from countries such as Tajikistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mongolia, Swaziland, Palestine, Latvia and Bolivia.
The Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography, honouring amateur and professional photographers who use their ability to raise awareness of environmental and social issues. The categories are Mott MacDonald’s Changing Climates; The Natural World; Quality of Life; Innovation in the Environment (New for 2010); The Underwater World (New for 2010); A View From the Western World (New for 2010); and the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 16 & Under 21).
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