Solar

CompanyDoest Photography
PhotographerJasper Doest
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Located in the sunny fields of Seville, Spain, this development provides enough power for the 700.000 inhabitants of this area. The project increases the countries' energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating climate change, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise. Therefore the shift towards renewable energy is widely perceived by the public as a "green movement" intended to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and acid rain and to curb global climate change. However, the issue of wildlife impacts is much more complex than is widely appreciated, especially when the various scales of impact are considered. Therefore, without additional research to fill the significant information void, accurate assessment of the potential impacts of solar energy development on wildlife is largely theoretical but needs to be empirical and well-founded on supporting science.

About Photographer

To Jasper Doest, photography is about emotion. Whether it's a travel documentary, a conservation story or a standalone piece of art: it must be an expressive image, an image that touches its viewers. As a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his photographs have received multiple awards and have appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic Magazine, GEO and Smithsonian Magazine. Jasper's images depict what is beautiful around him, around us, and with his photographs he is able to reveal how fragile this beauty is. One split second can tell his story, that single moment in which he freezes nature but brings it to life more than ever before. "Through my photography I’m able to give a voice to the ones that are often overlooked. I’m able to share my experiences with so many people. As our future is on the line, we need people to start caring about our environment on a daily basis. We need to convince them about the valuable conservation work that has been going on and we need to convince the public to choose local decision makers wisely." "Our planet needs sustainability. Photographers can give a voice to the ones who cannot speak for themselves (before it is too late). Photographers can initiate change. That is my motivation and joy. It’s within the power of photography."