Indian amateur photographer and filmmaker Uttam Kamati won the 2015 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year award with his image ‘Watering Melon.’ Over 10,000 photographs from 60 countries were submitted to this year’s international contest, an annual showcase that generates awareness about environmental topics, such as environmental destruction and related social inequality issues. Click through for a closer look at the winning entry, the impressive shortlist, and selected images from the runner-ups.
Kamati’s winning photograph shows a husband and wife in India watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta riverbank. “Some images immediately strike a chord. Some images linger in your mind and won’t go away,” said 2015 selector Dr. David Haley. “And some images pose more questions than they answer, making you want to find out more about them. As these qualities become apparent in ‘Watering Melon’ by Uttam Kamati, the environmental significance of this image is revealed.” Kamati was awarded a cash prize of 5,000 pounds.
Bhar Dipayan, an amateur photographer of four years, won the Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 award for his photograph ‘Families are living under the bridge.’ Atkins CIWEM is currently displaying 111 of the best entries at the Royal Geographical Society in London until July 10, 2015. The outstanding works will then be put on tour at national forest venues, beginning with the Grizedale Forest Visitor Center, Cumbria from July 18 to September 7, 2015. The Forestry Commission of England supports the competition tour.
Via Daily Mail
Images via Atkins CIWEM