Spanish photographer Antonio Aragón Renuncio has won the 2021 Environmental Photographer of the Year award for his photo of a boy sleeping inside a house destroyed by coastal erosion on Ghana’s Afiadenyigba beach.
The image, titled The Rising Tide Sons, highlights rising sea levels in West African countries, which is forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
Mr Renuncio receives a cash prize of £ 10,000.
the Environmental Photographer of the Year The competition, now in its fourteenth year, features some of the most inspiring environmental photography in the world.
The award celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate and supports the calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The winners of this year’s competition were announced at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
Here are other winning photos from the contest, with descriptions from the photographers.
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year: Amaan Ali’s Inferno, taken at Yamuna Ghat, New Delhi.
“A boy fighting fires in a forest near his home in Yamuna Ghat, New Delhi, India”.
The Resilient Award: Survive for Alive, by Ashraful Islam, taken in Noakhali, Bangladesh
“Flocks of sheep search for grass in the cracked soil.
“Extreme droughts in Bangladesh have created hardships for all living things.”
Sustainable Cities Winner: Net-Zero Transition – Photobioreactor, by Simone Tramonte, taken in Reykjanesbær, Iceland
“A photobioreactor at the Algalif facility in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, produces sustainable astaxanthin using clean geothermal energy.
“Iceland has moved from fossil fuels to electricity and heat from renewable sources.”
Winner of Climate Action: The Last Breath, by Kevin Ochieng Onyango, taken in Nairobi, Kenya.
“A child takes a breath of the plant, with a sandstorm in the background, in an artist’s impression of the changes to come.”
Water and Safety Winner: Green Barrier, from Sandipani Chattopadhyay, taken on the Damodar River, West Bengal, India
“Irregular monsoon seasons and droughts cause algal blooms in the Damodar River, India.
“The algal blooms prevent light from penetrating the surface and prevent oxygen uptake by the organisms below, which affects human health and habitats in the area.”
Winner of Environment of the Future: Flood, by Michele Lapini, taken on the Panaro River, Nonantola, Modena, Italy
“A house is submerged by the flooding of the Panaro River in the Po Valley due to heavy rains and melting snow.”
These are some of the images shortlisted in the contest.
River Fishing, by Ashraful Islam, taken in Sirajgong, Bangladesh
“The algae accumulates and fills the whole river, then many boatmen come here to fish in the water.
“The river is full of green moss.”
Incense drying, by Azim Khan Ronnie, taken in Hanoi, Vietnam
“Vietnamese workers sit surrounded by thousands of incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau, a village in Hanoi, Vietnam, where sticks have traditionally been made for hundreds of years.
“Frankincense plays an important role in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people.”
Hooked puppy, by Celia Kujala, taken around the Coronado Islands, Baja California, Mexico
“I met this California sea lion cub with a hook embedded in his mouth.
“During the dive he stayed close to me and seemed to be asking for help.”
Nemo’s Garden, by Giacomo d’Orlando, taken in Noli, Italy
“Nemo’s garden represents an alternative farming system especially dedicated to areas where environmental conditions make plant growth extremely difficult.
“This self-sustaining project aims to make subsea farming a viable ecological solution to counteract the increasing pressures of climate change in our future.”
Plastic confined environment, by Subrata Dey, taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh
“I captured this image of a plastic recycling factory in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
“Plastic recycling helps protect the environment from plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Clean Energy, by Pedro de Oliveira Simões Esteves, taken in Serra de São Macário, Portugal
“Wind power turbines, moments before the sun sets over the mountains on a cloudy day”.
El Bosque Poligonal, by Roberto Bueno, taken in Sierra de Béjar, Salamanca, Spain.
“Good forest management is essential to contain climate change.
“This is a chestnut forest managed by wood owners in a sustainable way.
“They cut trees in polygonal areas and in the middle of them they leave smaller areas with trees that help the natural reforestation of the wood.”
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