A FRIGHTENING photo showing floodwater bursting through a shanty town in India, and plucking a fisherman from his home has won the Environmental Photo of the Year award.
Photographer SL Shanth Kumar said: “I have seen drought, excessive rain, summers getting colder and winters getting colder – I believe this change is not good.”
The reclaimed city of Mumbai is facing an increased risk of coastal flooding as a result of climate change.
The city’s land and sea temperatures have been rising causing a corresponding impact on the sea level.
Kumar added: “We need to act now otherwise it will impact the generations to come.”
The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year exposes the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by humans.
But the contest also celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate, lending hope that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably.
The winners have been announced alongside this week’s UN Climate Action Summit in New York.