The Winning Photos From The CIWEM Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2019, An International Showcase For The Very Best In Environmental Photography

The CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year showcases the very best in environmental photography. Highlighting the terrible impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species the competition also celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably. The competition supports the urgent calls to action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the intricate interconnected nature of development, poverty reduction, equality, security and climate action and the unprecedented effort from all sectors of society needed to tackle the defining issues of our time.

High Tide Enters Home by SL Shanth Kumar, Mumbai. Environmental photographer of the year: A huge wave lashes at a shanty, throwing a fisherman out of his home in Bandra, Mumbai, India. He is pulled in by the strong currents but was rescued by fellow fishermen before the sea could swallow him. Mumbai is at risk of coastal flooding, a fallout of climate change. The city’s land and sea temperatures have been rising, causing an corresponding impact on the sea level. (Photo by SL Shanth Kumar/CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019) Continue reading »

The Best Signs From The Climate Change Rallies Around The World

Millions of people in over 150 countries across the globe marched for lawmakers and corporations to take action to help stop climate change on Friday, September 20. Some activists got their messages across with brilliantly funny, angry and wittily worded signs. Scroll down to see the best examples! Continue reading »

Flooded London By Squint/Opera Depicts “Curiously Utopian” Vision Of The City Under Water

Digital design studio Squint/Opera has reissued a series of speculative visualisations depicting London in 2090 when climate change has left much of the city under water. The Flooded London series, first created in 2008, shows how citizens might adapt to catastrophic rising temperatures and sea levels. Continue reading »

Don’t Wait to See How The Earth Gets Old With Greenpeace Russia’s EarthApp

Isobar Moscow responds to the recent FaceApp obsession by showing what will happen to our planet if the climate emergency continues.

As FaceApp raises privacy concerns, Greenpeace Russia has decided to raise awareness about another important issue: the climate emergency. Working together with Isobar Moscow, Greenpeace has posted a series of Instagram carousels that depict how most beautiful places on the planet are going to look like if we do nothing about the climate crisis. Continue reading »

Beautifully Nostalgic Photos Of The Constant Change In Dubai

British photojournalist Alex Atack captures the constantly shifting landscape of Dubai, his adopted home. He calls the series Under Construction, illustrating how construction is constant and Dubai’s citizens still live amongst the change. Continue reading »

The Wave Shelf By Studio Lorier Can Change Its Shape

Studio Lorier have designed a new wood bookshelf named ‘Wave’, whose shape is completely customizable. The design of the bookshelf allows for each separate layer of the shelf to be moved independently. Continue reading »

Brazilian Expats Launch Project That Is Going To Change The Face Of Tourism In Berlin

In addition to observing the German city from a totally different and unique point of view, people soon will be able to show the world their hometowns through this new look.

Nicole Plauto and Ligia Fascioni have joined their talents and expertise to found wesen.berlin, a company that will offer a very different way of bringing home a souvenir from the German capital. The project brings together storytelling, illustration, photography, culture, social media, tourism and history, as well as appreciation and respect for diversity. Continue reading »

Can Photographs Change The World? Somalia Tragedy Through The Lens Of Jean-Claude Coutausse

Photographs have the capacity to transcend politics, in the times of war, natural disasters and perpetrated crimes. The written and verbal perspectives of media figures and scholars can at times diminish the causalties of victims. One of the below photographs by Jean-Claude Coutausse displays Somali men running the opposite way a United Nations convoy is driving towards and the other photograph depicts a Somali boy protesting “against the presence of foreign troops” with two bloody corpses and a crowd dissembling behind him. As a native of Somalia and as an American, these two photographs represent volumes of irony in politics where causalities can not be ignored. Thus as Jonathan Klein has stated “images have the impact of touching people.”

North Kenya, Liboi. A young Somali refugee crosses a field filled with marabous storks in July 1992:

Although the above photos have changed the world, Operation Restore Hope has traces of obscurity from our U.S. nation’s standpoint as well as my native Somalia. Censorship is a great contributor to this obscurity as Ted Rall put it “Dead and wounded Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenis and Libyans have been expunged from American popular culture as well. Other factors are the 6 corporations which control 90% of the media in America” which “constrict the flow of information”
as Professor Nordell stated. Continue reading »

Photographer Emily Lauren Wants To Change The Way We See Female Beauty

It is time to redefine what it means to be beautiful and embrace what makes us all unique. Over 80 girls talk about the critical issues that affect body image in this new book by Emily Lauren Dick. This inspirational self-help guide is full of interesting facts and information, work sheets and photographs of real girls. A must have for any girl who feels their body does not fit into society’s standards. Continue reading »

Photo Series Reveals How Our Facial Expressions Change When We Get Undressed

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Vancouver-based photographer Dylan Hamm attempts to outwardly capture the inner workings of people’s minds by taking two sets of portraits — one with the person wearing clothes and the other standing completely naked. Shot passport style, the focus becomes the subconscious facial movements each subject makes as he/she shifts through varying degrees of comfort and confidence. Continue reading »

Innovative Typographic Graffiti Casts Shadows That Change All Day

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Although certainly and notably destructive at times, graffiti has equal power to embolden and beautify a city, rather than smear or disfigure it. Such inherently colorful work doesn’t always have to be a rushed tag for unsavory reasons. In truth, graffiti isn’t all that far off from mural work in nature or, in graffiti artist Daku’s latest piece, bounces closer to a typographic art installation. Continue reading »

Contrasting Portraits Show How A Smile Can Change Your Perception Of Someone

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Photo by Jay Weinstein

During a trip to Bikaner in India, photographer Jay Weinstein was near a train station when a man on the street caught his eye. Weinstein was keen to photograph the man but stopped short due to the subject’s stern and intimidating façade. After avoiding him and proceeding to capture other subjects, the man called out to Weinstein, saying, “Take my picture too!” Continue reading »

This Is How A Person’s Appearance Can Change In Just One Day

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Every morning, millions of people spend a lot of time getting themselves ready for the coming day. The results can vary, but one thing is clear: a person’s appearance can change radically in the course of just one day. This theme caught the imagination of Belgian photographer Barbara Iweins, who decided to show the metamorphoses that can take place in 24 hours in a project she titled ’7 AM — 7 PM.’ Continue reading »

Unique Wood Longboards By 31 & Change

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31 & Change is a Chicago based furniture company that have turned their attention to skateboards of late and for anyone who is a fan of the pursuit, they are sure to be glad they did because these stunning wood longboards offer a visual appeal quite unlike anything else out there. Each one of the wood longboards from 31 & Change are one of a kind, made by hand from 100% real hardwood slabs for an unparalleled aesthetic appeal that it’s hard not to be impressed with. Continue reading »

“Today,” A 24-hour Timepiece Beautifully Designed To Change The Way You See Your Day

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Award-winning media artist and horologist Scott Thrift just launched a new 24-hour timepiece – simply called Today – on Kickstarter to take the edge off of time. Continue reading »