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Indian Photographers Sweep The 2021 Environmental Photographer Of The Year Competition

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Spanish photographer Antonio Aragón Renuncio took the mantle of the environment photographer of the year 2021 with the picture “The Rising Tide Sons” clicked in Togo, West Africa in 2019.

The winning picture is a haunting capture of a child sleeping on the floor of the house that can collapse at any second. The house has been destroyed because of coastal erosion on the Afidegnigba beach as rising sea levels swallow everything. The sea levels off the coast of Togo have been rapidly increasing, affecting people and communities living off the seacoast in at least 13 West African countries. The increasing sea levels are eroding sediment from the coast, forcing the ocean bed to readjust with houses around the beaches collapsing like sand dunes.

Credit: Antonio Aragon Renuncio/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

Winner, Young Environmental Photographer of the Year

 

The award for the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year went to the Delhi-based photographer Aman Ali who captured the image of a boy fighting forest fires ablaze on the banks of the river Yamuna close to his home.

Credit: Amaan Ali/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

Winner, Water and Security

 

India got another award with Sandipani Chattopadhyay winning for his picture of the Great Barrier in West Bengal. The picture depicts algal blooms om the Damodar river which are known to prevent sunlight from entering the surface of the water causing harm to the organisms living underwater.

This was the 14th edition of the contest, and the winners were announced at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow from almost 7000 entries from 119 countries.

Credit: Sandipani Chattopadhyay/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

Honourable Mentions

 

A breath-taking picture of a photobioreactor that produces 100 percent sustainable geo-thermal energy using algae.

Credit: Simone Tramonte/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

 

Crowded boats on a busy waterway in the heavily polluted Buriganga River in Bangladesh.

Credit: Azim Khan Ronnie/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

Chestnut forests that are managed sustainably in Spain’s Salamanca region.

Credit: Roberto Bueno/CIWEM environmental photographer of the year award 2021

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