The images that define climate change shape the way it is understood and acted upon. But polar bears, melting ice and arrays of smoke stacks don’t convey the urgent human stories at the heart of the issue.
In this category, we were looking to celebrate the work of photographers – amateur or professional – who have successfully engaged audiences with climate change and its causes, impacts, and/or solutions.
The images shortlisted by our judging panel were featured in The Guardian.
Winner: Ann Johansson
Ann Johansson is an award-winning documentary photographer with a focus on visually connecting climate change causes, effects, impacts and solutions globally. Ann’s goal is to make all aspects of climate change more relatable on a personal level. She has 20 years of experience working as a freelance photojournalist for publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and Der Spiegel and her photographs have been exhibited around the world. Ann was born in Göteborg, Sweden and is based in Los Angeles.
Ann’s shortlisted photograph shows Shohida Begum lit by a solar powered lantern she purchased. Shohida’s home in a poor neighborhood of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India is off the electricity grid.
Runners-up: Ricardo Funari and Siegfried Modola
Ricardo Funari is a Brazilian photojournalist working to create and distribute images documenting issues of social justice. His shortlisted photograph shows a family of drought refugees hitchhiking in the semiarid region of northeastern Brazil known as Sertao, trying to escape from extreme poverty and dreaming of a better life in the distant Sao Paulo megalopolis
Siegfried Modola is an Italian/British photojournalist and documentary photographer. His shortlisted photograph shows a Mongolian mother, Obgerel, crying as she holds her baby daughter Suikhan in a pediatric emergency unit. Suikan suffers from a respiratory illness in one of the most polluted capital cities in the world, Ulaanbaatar.
Many thanks to our judging panel: Nicole Itano (Executive Director, tve); Kirsten Kidd (Picture Editor, The Economist), Eric Hilaire (Picture Editor, The Guardian) and Toby Smith (Climate Visuals Lead, Climate Outreach).
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