Photograph: Valerie Leonard//2019 CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year. Invisible. In the Sisdol landfill in Nepal, waste pickers rummage through rubbish all day looking for materials or valuables to sell. This temporary landfill located near Kathmandu has been in operation since 2005. Today, it is running out of capacity.
2019 Environmental Photographer of the Year images reveal the ‘raw reality’ of climate change
8 October 2019
An international showcase for the very best in environmental photography, the annual Environmental Photographer of the Year award is all about “highlighting the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species”. According to the competition organisers, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), it also “celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably”.
The winning images were revealed on the same day as the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York, and the CIWEM’s press release described the global climate crisis depicted in many of the photographs: “These winning photographs reveal the raw reality of how people and wildlife are struggling with the impacts of climate change all around the world. This award exists to inspire change from political leaders, decision makers, and the general public.”
The CIWEM has also stated that “the competition supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security, and climate action, and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society needed to tackle the defining issues of our time”. The ultimate goal of the images recognised by the competition is that they will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.