Stunning pic of floodwaters bursting through an Indian village wins Environmental Photo of the Year award

Stunning pic of floodwaters bursting through an Indian village wins Environmental Photo of the Year award

- in Usa News

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 overall Environmental Photographer of the Year: High Tide Enters Home by SL Shanth Kumar. Depicting a ‘victim of climate change’, it captures the moment a huge wave hits a shanty town in Bandra, Mumbai, plucking a fisherman, 40, from his home. Luckily, the man was saved by fellow fishermen
An Era of Plastic: Hansa Tangmanpoowadol took this picture of a huge rubbish tip with a digger at the top of the mound, and a man searching among the waste in the bottom right of the picture. The photographer is from Bangkok, Thailand, where rats, snakes and even foetuses have been found buried under huge and growing piles of garbage
Hansa Tangmanpoowadol
A young boy drinks dirty water in Kakamega, Kenya, due to a lack of clean water points in the area, due to deforestation. A lack of clean water greatly increases the risk of diarrhoeal diseases as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery, and other water-borne tropical diseases. This heartbreaking shot, Water Scarcity, resulted in Frederick Dharshie Wissah receiving the Water, Equality and Sustainability Prize
This close-up photo by Antonio Busiello shows a fish market in Manta on Ecuador’s coast. The marine corridor between Ecuador and the coast of Galapagos has the biggest concentration of sharks in the world. These waters attract shark fishing vessels from all over the world, putting the shark population under threat
© 2018 Antonio Busiello
A tired girl sleeps on an uncomfortable wooden school desk in a grimy classroom in Burkina Faso. This picture was taken by Antonio Aragon Renuncio. Unicef says literacy rates in Burkina Faso are among the lowest in the world, and although school attendance has gone up it is still barely 60 per cent
Antonio Aragon Renuncio
Sean Gallagher picked up the Changing Environments Prize, for ‘Tuvalu beneath the rising tide’. Fallen trees lie on a beach as the waves from the Funafuti lagoon in Tuvalu lap around them. Land erosion has always been a problem for the country, but problems are intensifying as sea levels rise. Rising seas are on the verge of submerging the tiny archipelago’s islands completely under water
Sean Gallagher
This picture by Ebrahim Alipoor shows a mother bathing her child in Laos by pouring water into a plastic bottle, while another child peers curiously out of the back of his mum’s clothes. Despite plentiful rivers, drinking water in Laos ‘can be contaminated with harmful chemicals and human waste’ and there is a lack of necessary sanitation, Unicef says
Ebrahim Alipoor
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year: ‘Desperate Measures’ by Neville Ngomane. This rhino is being dehorned to try to protect it from being poached. With the current severe level of poaching, experts recommend that rhinos should be dehorned every 12-24 months to deter hunters. The photographer commented “this was not an easy watch’
©Mike Kendrick
The Climate Action and Energy Prize went to J Henry Fair’s ‘Remains of the Forest’. Hambach Forest in Niderzier, Germany, was nearly 12,000 years old when it was bought by a power company to dig for the brown coal buried underneath. The ancient forest was once the size of Manhattan. Now only 10 per cent of it remains thanks to continual deforestation
J Henry Fair
Photographing Eid al-Fitr in Bangladesh, this aerial picture taken by Azim Khan Ronnie shows some of the millions of Bangladeshis going home to celebrate the end of Ramadan. People are seen on ferries as they arrive at the shore; most people in Bangladesh live in the delta of one of three rivers, most notably the Ganges delta, meaning many people travelled home by ferry
Azim Khan Ronnie
Abandoned Winter Garden: This photo by Jonathan ‘Jonk’ Jimenez shows a forlorn building in France which would once have been a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. But it is now overgrown, dirty and appears to have been abandoned for years. The photographer explains that ‘nature is stronger… whatever happens to man, she will always be there’
Jonathan 'Jonk' Jimenez

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.

Another entry from J Henry Fair: the Hambach brown coal mine in western Germany – largescale conveyors are moving earth and coal from the excavation. The commercial exploitation of the area has left what he calls ‘industrial scars’ and has sparked protests in Germany
all images © J Henry Fair
Wind power in the Philippines: This picture by Emman Foronda shows a wind farm in Bangui, in the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Wind power is slowly taking off in the country, which is one of the major wind energy markets in Asia and which faces a huge challenge to find cleaner ways to power what a fast-growing economy and a swelling population
Emman Foronda
Sustainable Cities Prize, Polluted New Year by Eliud Gil Samaniego. At the start of 2018, Mexicali was considered one of the most contaminated cities in the world because of the pyrotechnics, its climate change, geographic location, industry and cars
Eliud Gil Samaniego.

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