Photographers and videographers from across the globe submitted their work in the following categories: People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests, and A Climate of Change. A judging panel made up of experts from the fields of photography, film, geography and environment selected the 2021 shortlist: 55 photos and videos by 36 artists.
From urban orchards in Spain, striking aurora borealis in Norway and mangrove conservation in Sri Lanka, to eco-clothing pageants in the Philippines, deforestation of red cedars in Canada and more, the selected images and videos capture a sense of our world at a time when human influence is in sharp focus
Amaan Ali (India) Fire and Life, 2021
Global warming is contributing to a staggering amount of forest fires. Every year in India, record breaking temperatures have driven an early start to forest fire season. With my photography, I aim to educate individuals and raise awareness about climate change and its detrimental impact on the natural world.
NSTAR, Artists Nick Humphreys and Trish Evans (UK) Second Nature, 2012
This long exposure picture represents the free-spirit energy of humans in wilder landscapes. Using a light to convey this choreographed pathway through a copse of Silver Birch trees, this image has been created in collaboration with Nottingham parkour communities.
Antonio Pérez (Spain) The Sea Moves Us, the Sea Moves (Fuvemeh, Ghana), 2020
Coastal erosion and rising sea levels – a direct consequence of global warming – are contributing to the disappearance of coastal communities in West Africa. Fuvemeh, a fishing village located between the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Volta River, is a clear example of this. 16-year-old remaining inhabitant of the Fuvemeh village, Dzieedzorm Vormawor, photographed leaning against the wall of what is left of her old room.
Chris Jerrey (UK) Arrest, 2019
Described as the biggest civil disobedience event in recent British history, Extinction Rebellion, expresses the aim of pressurising government and big business into taking meaningful action to avert the impending climate crisis.Extinction Rebellion protesters marching the streets of London, outraged by the continuous abuse towards our planet and its resources.
Romain Veillon (France) Kolmanskop, 2014
This house located in the ghost town of Kolsmanskop was Romain Veillon’s favourite to capture because it conveys the emptiness of the space. This image serves as a reminder that this is what the planet could look like if we continue to not care about the environment that surrounds us.
Yi Sun (UK) Coffee or Tea Study, 2018
During its rainy season, between June to October, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, which covers the size of Sao Paulo city, transforms into a network of 3,000 lagoons and rivers. Famously knows as a desert, the park astounds visitors each year with its breath-taking landscapes.
The winners will be announced on 19 August, during an awards ceremony and panel discussion at the Royal Geographical Society.
Exhibition Venue: The Royal Geographical Society will open to the public on 26 July 2021. Exhibition previews for Fellows and members of theSociety will take place on19 and 20 July, and the exhibition will be open to the public on 26 and 27 July. The Society hopes to add further dates in August, following the relaxation of government guidelines. Entry is free and tickets must be pre-booked for accompanied curated tours (Mondays and Tuesdays only; from 11.00 to 12.30 and 15.00 to 16.30). For further details, please visit the Society’s website.
A selection of the shortlisted photos will be shown outdoors at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, from 28 June to 19 September; Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset, from 4 October to 19 December; and indoors at Grizedale, Cumbria, from 20 December 2021 to 24 April 2022. For further details, please visit Forestry England’s website.
All images will also be available to see on the Earth Photo website.
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