Sara Lindström has been announced as the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016. Open to professional, newcomer and amateur photographers alike, the annual competition honours outstanding photographic works with a particular focus on social and environmental themes.
In her winning image Wildfire, Lindström captured a forest fire in the Canadian province of Alberta, earning her the main award (endowed with 3,000 pounds). The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year newcomer award (1,000 pounds) went to Luke Massey for his image of a Peregrine falcon in Chicago.
Among the short-listed finalists was Leica photographer Björn Vaughn with his picture Slamet the Survivor, taken during the peatland fires and consequent smog disaster in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, last autumn. Vaughn's photo series can be seen, among others, in LFI 6/2014 and LFI 2/2009.
In addition to the main award, the newcomer award and an Environmental Film award (500 pounds), prizes were given out in three further categories: ‘Built Environment’ focuses on the visible structural effects of man on the environment, ‘Changing Climate’ addresses the manifestations and effects of climate change, while ‘People, Nature and Economy’ explores our relationship with our natural and social environment.
The category winners are Sandra Hoyn (CIWEM Changing Climate Award 2016), SL Kumar Shanth (Atkins Built Environment Award 2016) and Pedram Yazdani (Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award 2016).
A selection of 60 images will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 19 August 2016.
For further details visit www.rgs.org.