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 Air Category


Daksh Sharma, India

When the air becomes heavy with carbon and other pollutants and your lungs sear with the pungency of the air which was essence of life till yesterday. Now it appears hell-bent on taking it away….. It’s just a breath!

2nd place in Air Category


Barbara Zanon, Italy

Above the clouds

3rd place in Air Category


Clarence Lin, United States

Untitled (Smokestacks)

1st place in Earth Category


Timo Lieber, United Kingdom

The Eye

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.

2nd place in Earth Category


Linda de’Nobili, Italy


“We are in Ethiopia, oriental Africa. This region never rains and the land is very dry.  Life here is a struggle and often almost impossible.”

3rd place in Earth Category


Stas Bartnikas, Russian Federation

Iceland served!

Aerial shot of Icelandic glacial river taken from a small plane

1st place in Machine Category


Jeffrey Milstein, United States

GE Windmills

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.

3rd place in Machine Category


Claudio Di Lucia, Germany

In the forest

A photograph of data servers within a German forest abstractly finished showing the cooperation of science and nature.

1st place in Man Category


Tomasz Okoniewski, Poland

Titanium from the Land of Smoke

For many years, Alex has worked on wood firing. This local heritage that from year to year is slowly disappearing is his life. Here are images from the furnaces in which wood is burnt. Bieszczady – Poland

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.

2nd place in Water Category


Stanley Leroux, France


Two rockhopper penguins, an endangered species according to the UICN, trying to climb a cliff to come back in their colony. The global population of rockhoppers has melted dramatically with a 70% decrease over the last century.

3rd place in Water Category


Wilfred Wessel Berthelsen, Norway

The endless search

Taken in the Arctic up North of Svalbard.

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