Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016
Working on Fire would like to congratulate Sara Lindström on winning the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
Her photograph “Wildlife” perfectly captures the beauty, and at the same time, the destruction wildfires cause.
Swedish-born Sara picked up photography while studying in South Africa, and is now based in the Canadian Rockies. Her projects have seen her travel across more than 50 countries, capturing the beauty of the more remote corners of the Earth. “It was an exceptionally warm day in July in southern Alberta when I came across this massive pinkish smoke plume rising high towards the sky. The big flames were thriving on the dry land and had me completely mesmerized in fear and awe.”
Open to all professional and amateur, national and international photographers of all ages, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.
Winners were announced at the Royal Geographical Society in June, and were joined by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
The Atkins CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 25) was Luke Massey for ‘Poser’, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year was awarded to Sergiu Jiduc for ‘The Karkoram Anomaly Project, Pakistan, the Atkins Built Environment Award was presented to Kumar Shanth for ‘Losing Ground to Manmade Disaster’, the CIWEM Changing Climate Prize was presented to Sandra Hoyn for ‘Life Jackets on the Greek Island of Lesbos’ and the Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Prize was presented to Pedram Yazdani for ‘Sand’.
The works will be displayed alongside 60 shortlisted images at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 19 August 2016, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.