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Photos: Striking images from Environmental Photographer of the Year (2022)

Published on Dec 08, 2022 03:32 PM IST

Now in its 15th year, the Environmental photographer of the year competition showcases some of the most stunning images of the natural world. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness on the environmental issues and to encourage humanity to protect our planet. A look at the winning images from this year’s competition.

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Grand title winner: Environmental photographer of the year | The Bitter Death of Birds: This image was made in Miankaleh, Iran on March 12, 2021 – In 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, thousands of birds had died in the Miankala lagoon due to lack of water and its contamination with various toxins. This photo shows the efforts of the environmental forces to collect the bodies and prevent the spread of this disease. In the next year, fortunately, the birds returned to the wetland from the beginning of October to the end of March and after that they migrate and the photographers were able to capture them for almost 6 months of the year. (Mehdi Mohebi Pour / Environmental Photographer of the Year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Grand title winner: Environmental photographer of the year | The Bitter Death of Birds: This image was made in Miankaleh, Iran on March 12, 2021 – In 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, thousands of birds had died in the Miankala lagoon due to lack of water and its contamination with various toxins. This photo shows the efforts of the environmental forces to collect the bodies and prevent the spread of this disease. In the next year, fortunately, the birds returned to the wetland from the beginning of October to the end of March and after that they migrate and the photographers were able to capture them for almost 6 months of the year. (Mehdi Mohebi Pour / Environmental Photographer of the Year)

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Winner: Keeping 1.5 Alive | Chemical Explosion: This image was made in Sitakunda, Bangladesh on June 8, 2022 – At a chemical explosion and fire at the BM container depot in Sitakunda Upazila, Chittagong where 49 people were killed and the chemicals released from the blaze were mixed in the air and water which had a devastating effect on the environment. The explosion at the depot spilled plastic containers into the nearby river, where the chemical-laced water entered the aquifer and destroyed the fresh water supply. (Subrata Dey / Environmental photographer of the year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Winner: Keeping 1.5 Alive | Chemical Explosion: This image was made in Sitakunda, Bangladesh on June 8, 2022 – At a chemical explosion and fire at the BM container depot in Sitakunda Upazila, Chittagong where 49 people were killed and the chemicals released from the blaze were mixed in the air and water which had a devastating effect on the environment. The explosion at the depot spilled plastic containers into the nearby river, where the chemical-laced water entered the aquifer and destroyed the fresh water supply. (Subrata Dey / Environmental photographer of the year)

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Winner: Recovering Nature | Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins: This image was made in Pisa, Italy on June 21, 2021 – The photographer asks a fundamental question: what is the place of mankind on Earth and what is our relationship with nature? Far from being pessimistic, and at a time when humanity's domination over nature has never been so extreme, this photo aims to wake our consciousness.(Jonk Jimenez / Environmental photographer of the year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Winner: Recovering Nature | Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins: This image was made in Pisa, Italy on June 21, 2021 – The photographer asks a fundamental question: what is the place of mankind on Earth and what is our relationship with nature? Far from being pessimistic, and at a time when humanity's domination over nature has never been so extreme, this photo aims to wake our consciousness.(Jonk Jimenez / Environmental photographer of the year)

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Winner: Adapting for Tomorrow | New Ways To The Future (III): Copenhagen, Denmark (13/07/2021) – A view of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm from Amager Strand, a very popular beach in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 13, 2021. The wind farm landscape perfectly integrates with this very popular beach where local people go to sunbathe or play water sports. The wind farm was developed with a strong involvement of the local community. Just over 14 % of the Danish electricity consumption is provided by wind. More than 150,000 Danish families are members of wind turbine cooperatives such as this one. (Simone Tramonte / Environmental photographer of the year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Winner: Adapting for Tomorrow | New Ways To The Future (III): Copenhagen, Denmark (13/07/2021) – A view of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm from Amager Strand, a very popular beach in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 13, 2021. The wind farm landscape perfectly integrates with this very popular beach where local people go to sunbathe or play water sports. The wind farm was developed with a strong involvement of the local community. Just over 14 % of the Danish electricity consumption is provided by wind. More than 150,000 Danish families are members of wind turbine cooperatives such as this one. (Simone Tramonte / Environmental photographer of the year)

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Winner: Vision of the Future | Vertical Farming: An officer maintains vegetable crops at a warehouse in Sentra Farm, Depok, Indonesia on January 18, 2022. Vegetables such as curly lettuce, romaine, oclave green, siiomak, and kailan are cultured in a room where the light and temperature remain stable. The advantage of vertical farming is that it is free of pesticides with a harvest period of only 30 days and an average yield of 20 to 30 kg a day. (Arie Basuki / Environmental photographer of the year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Winner: Vision of the Future | Vertical Farming: An officer maintains vegetable crops at a warehouse in Sentra Farm, Depok, Indonesia on January 18, 2022. Vegetables such as curly lettuce, romaine, oclave green, siiomak, and kailan are cultured in a room where the light and temperature remain stable. The advantage of vertical farming is that it is free of pesticides with a harvest period of only 30 days and an average yield of 20 to 30 kg a day. (Arie Basuki / Environmental photographer of the year)

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Finalist | “Recovering Nature” - Lillies of Bengal: This image was made in Nabadwip, India on August 7, 2022 – Local villagers collect flowers to sell at the market. Red lilies are used for home decorations and in vegetable curries. Wild blooms of red lilies were rare in India, as they need humid and fresh monsoon water to bloom. Due to adequate rainfall the bodies of water are recovering, so over the last few years red water lilies are visible during the monsoon. The nature is slowly recovering and red lilies are the evidence of the same. (Sandipani Chattopadhyay / Environmental photographer of the year) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Finalist | “Recovering Nature” - Lillies of Bengal: This image was made in Nabadwip, India on August 7, 2022 – Local villagers collect flowers to sell at the market. Red lilies are used for home decorations and in vegetable curries. Wild blooms of red lilies were rare in India, as they need humid and fresh monsoon water to bloom. Due to adequate rainfall the bodies of water are recovering, so over the last few years red water lilies are visible during the monsoon. The nature is slowly recovering and red lilies are the evidence of the same. (Sandipani Chattopadhyay / Environmental photographer of the year)

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Winner: Young Environmental Photographer of the Year | Beautiful But Hostile Colours on Earth: This image was made in Southern Rift Valley, Kenya on July 24, 2022 – Lesser flamingoes photographed over Lake Magadi and Lake Natron. The two water bodies were once a single freshwater lake but today the two lakes are highly concentrated salt pans, severely alkaline and toxic to most forms of animal and plant life. The lesser flamingoes are an exception because of their biological makeup, and the birds love to feed on the algae that thrive on the surface. As beautiful as the colours may be, the different hues relate to the algae which change colour as a result of the reaction to the differing levels of alkaline content of the lakes.(Fayz Khan / Environmental photographer of the year ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 08, 2022 03:32 PM IST

Winner: Young Environmental Photographer of the Year | Beautiful But Hostile Colours on Earth: This image was made in Southern Rift Valley, Kenya on July 24, 2022 – Lesser flamingoes photographed over Lake Magadi and Lake Natron. The two water bodies were once a single freshwater lake but today the two lakes are highly concentrated salt pans, severely alkaline and toxic to most forms of animal and plant life. The lesser flamingoes are an exception because of their biological makeup, and the birds love to feed on the algae that thrive on the surface. As beautiful as the colours may be, the different hues relate to the algae which change colour as a result of the reaction to the differing levels of alkaline content of the lakes.(Fayz Khan / Environmental photographer of the year )

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