15 Powerful Pictures from Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015

The 111 shortlisted photos have been chosen from more than 10,000 entries by amateur and professional photographers across the world. Environmental issues from sustainable development to poverty, climate change and human rights are to go on show in London.

The winner of the £5,000 award, which was set up in 2007 by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), will be announced on 25 June.

The shortlisted images for the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society from 22 June to 10 July.

Environmental Photography 1

Fishing net checking, Vietnam 2014 by Hoang Long Ly


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Life in tidal flood 3, Chittagong, Bangladesh 2014 by Jashim Salam

A family watches TV in their flooded house after a tidal flood in Chittagong. Rising sea level has begun to affect 6.5 million people living in Chittagong. Flooding of residential and business areas is common and most of the city could completely submerge as climate change keeps pushing the sea level up.


Environmental Photography 4

Sandstorm in the city, Kuwait. by Rizalde Cayanan


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Plastic tree. Bolivia 2014 by Eduardo Leal. Plastic bags are part of the landscape in the Bolivian Altiplano. The accumulation of plastic bags cause deterioration of the landscapes and agriculture soils and it is associated to the death of domestic and wild animals.


Environmental Photography 2

Glacier 1987, Mount Kenya 2014 by Simon Norfolk


Environmental Photography 3

Collecting crabs, Satkhira 2014 by Kazi Riasat Alve. High salinity has rendered the land unsuitable for farming.


Environmental Photography 5

Beauty Salon, Lagos, Nigeria 2014 by Petrut Calinescu


Environmental Photography 7

The abandoned village of Geamana, Romania 2014 by Glyn Thomas


Environmental Photography 8

Retrace our steps, Fukushima 2014 by Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression

Staged image of a former worker in the now derelict supermarket returning to see its remains following the Fukushima disaster.


Environmental Photography 9

Cladonia Forest, USA 2014 by Matthew Cicanese


Environmental Photography 11

Life in the ship breaking yard, Chittagong 2014 by Yousuf Tushar


Environmental Photography 12

Namaj and City, Bangladesh 2015 by Joydeep Mukherjee


Environmental Photography 13

Solar Portrait, Myanmar 2014 by Ruben Salgado Escudero


Environmental Photography 14

Berber 2, Turkey 2011 by Hayri Kodal


Environmental Photography 15

The Devil’s gold, Indonesia 2014 by Luca Catalano Gonzaga/Courtesy of Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year. via independent