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Winner of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 has been awarded to Uttam Kamati for his inspiring image ‘Watering Melon’, depicting a husband and wife watering their crop on the Teesta river bed, in West Bengal, India.

The image highlights the environmental impact of river water gradually drying up, forcing the couple to pump river water through a long flexible pipe to reach their crops. Not only does the photograph demonstrate the dynamic link between environmental and human issues facing the world today, but also prompts engineers and scientists to think about how we can design and enable communities more effectively in solving their infrastructure challenges.

From over ten thousand entries submitted this year, 111 outstanding photographers have been chosen for the exhibition which will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June - 10 July 2015. The showcase will be followed by a tour of forest venues nationally, supported by the Forestry Commission England, beginning at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Cumbria from 18 July – 7 September 2015.

Nick Roberts, Atkins' UK & Europe chief executive officer, commented on the exhibition: "At a time when we are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge with advancements in robotics and digital engineering, disasters such as the savage earthquakes in Nepal remind us that we cannot ignore Mother Nature. We need to bring together people who can view problems from every angle and come up with practical solutions that will enrich lives. There is much to enjoy in the exhibition, but equally the pictures are 111 reasons to work together and help move the world forward one step at a time."

The Atkins Cityscape Prize, a separate award, has been presented to Michael Theodoric for his striking image ‘Enjoy’, showing a man enjoying the view of Jakarta from his hotel room.

Commenting on the winning Cityscape category, Janet Miller, Atkins’ cities director, said: “As our global population climbs towards an estimated 10 billion people by 2050 and our urban centres swell, the way we plan and future proof our cities has never been more important. Michael’s image captures a thought-provoking view of Jakarta, one of the most densely populated cities on earth, and provides a reminder of the importance of designing our city spaces sustainably for current and future generations.”

Nigel Hendley, interim chief executive, CIWEM, observed: “Now in its ninth year, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year is regarded as one of the most prestigious international environmental photographic competitions. Entries for the 2015 award were of the highest standard ever. They engage with thought provoking topics and challenge us to question the impact we are having on the planet, both as individuals and human society.”


For more information:

Eleanor Campion
Communications executive
Tel: +44 203 214 8963

Notes to editors:

Venue: Royal Geographical Society
Dates: 22 June – 10 July 2015
Address: 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (main entrance on Exhibition Road)
Opening times: 10.00 - 18.00 daily
Admission: Free
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 3000
Twitter: @EPOTYcomp #EPOTY15

The entries were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability by the panel comprising:
•    Ian Gambles, director, Forestry Commission England;
•    Dr David Haley, senior research fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University
•    Brigitte Lardinois, deputy director of the photography and the archive research centre at University of the Arts London
•    Tim Parkin, landscape photographer and editor of On Landscape
•    Nick Roberts, Atkins’ chief executive officer for UK and Europe
•    Hayley Skipper, curator of arts development, Forestry Commission England
•    Stephen Vaughan, photographer and senior lecturer, Bath Spa University and Plymouth University.

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