Winners of One-Shot Climate Change Competition Announced
@ Sue Flood
Change is inevitable. It is a part of every aspect of life and the world around us. We see changes in our climate and our environment, in society, in ourselves and others. Some changes are dramatic and obvious, and some changes are hidden and hushed—but change affects us all, both positively and negatively.
Is climate change a reality or is it simply imagined or supposed? There is a range of conflicting opinions on this subject. No matter what your stance on the matter is, IPA is inviting you to see the winning images that capture the changes around us.
International Photography Awards are announcing winners of the One Shot Competition: Climate Change.
1st place in Earth Category
Timo Lieber, United Kingdom
The Greenland ice sheet is not just a stark, frigid wilderness perched at the top of the globe, it is a vast frozen reservoir of fresh water – one that offsets 7 metres of coastal flooding around the planet. In the past two decades, that reservoir has shifted from steady state in balance with its climate, to one in which it is now losing on average 3.8 billion tonnes of ice annually. It was a long-held passion of mine to capture the impact of Arctic warming and translate it into beautiful photographic images, while alerting the wider world to this amazing yet disturbing occurrence in the Arctic. “The Eye” is part of a broader series called THAW which is a collaboration between fine art photography and the scientific work of several leading glaciologists.
1st place in Machine Category
Jeffrey Milstein, United States
A recent and ongoing series of photographs shot from the air showing the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel, such as waterways, roads, and airports that grow organically over time much like a living organism. Ever since I was a teenager I was fascinated by the views of the earth from above. I got my pilot’s license when I was 17, and flew around Los Angeles taking pictures of the city. Now many years later I have returned to the air with much more sophisticated equipment to document the amazing patterns of cities from the air.
2nd place in Machine Category
Christophe Audebert, France
Geothermal power plant
Due to the high concentration of volcanoes in Iceland, geothermal energy is abundant. 5 major geothermal power plants provide around 30% of the country’s electricity, and 90% of the buildings in Iceland are heated through geothermal energy. This is the number one country for renewable energy in the world per habitant. More countries are considering geothermal energy as an alternative solution due to climate change.
2nd place in Man Category
Jasper Doest, Netherlands
Fast Food Junkies
An international team of researchers has found that many groups of white storks have begun to modify their migration patterns to take advantage of human-made food sources, such as garbage dumps. Birds migrate from one location to another because the food they eat is typically seasonal—they cannot find insects, for example, in the wintry north, so they fly south to where it is warmer. That is what white storks have done for as long as humans have been taking records—flying south from Europe to Africa. But now it seems, some of the changes humans have made to the environment appear to be causing the birds to rethink their migration patterns. The bird that was once regarded as the symbol of new life is now foraging on the excretions of our human society. Welcome to the Anthropocene
3rd place in Man Category
Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardó, Spain
A Forest without Trees
Close to their small countryside village, two children went to play together in what remains of a natural forest and now serves the village as a dumping ground which has been used as such for more than ten years. The place is considered by the children as their playground. Due to intense deforestation, temperatures have risen so much that during the hot season people can no longer work during the day. According to the F.A.O of the United Nations; Cambodia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. 2016 had the warmest hot season ever recorded in Cambodia.
1st place in Water Category
Sue Flood, United Kingdom
North Pole Underwater
This was taken on the sea ice at the North Pole. I took this shot on a trip to the North Pole, when I was working on board the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker, Yamal. Multi-year sea ice is disappearing at an alarming rate and scientists predict this will lead to the disappearence of polar bears through most, if not all, of their range in the next few decades. I hope this symbolic image of the disappearing ice at the North Pole strikes a chord.