Nature photograph is inferred as one of the good photographs in the outdoor platform in the natural surroundings. The nature photograph entails several photos such as landscapes, flora, fauna, and many more.
Since nature photography has a heavy weightage in promoting natural resources sustainably, it has a massive contribution in identifying nature and environmental issues.
Thus, photography can be the best way to find solutions to emerging environmental problems.
‘Nature is beautiful in all its chaos. However, a nature photograph is beautifully only in the absence of chaos’ depicted by Mike MacDonald, an Irish-American activist against violence.
Ansel Adams, an environmentalist and the American landscape photographer, stressed that ‘A good photograph is knowing where to stand.’
As the saying goes, a picture speaks itself’, there is no need for description in detail. Only one image is enough to express and visualize the scenario of what we click.
Since most nature photographs convey a positive message for nature conservation, the natural photos are published in scientific, travel, and cultural magazines.
Once the picture yells the real environmental issues, the globe can identify the issues and prioritize the solutions of the problems.
Table of Contents
- Significance of environment photography
- Awarding-winning photographs
- 1. Young environmental photographer award of the year 2021, India
- 2. The resilient award 2021, Survive for alive in Bangladesh
- 3. Water and security award 2021, West Bengal, India
- 4. Hooked pup in Coronado Islands, Mexico in the year 2021
- 5. Water, equality and sustainability award in the year 2019
- 6. Young environmental photograph in the year 2019
- 7. Cinema environmental photographer of the year 2019
- 8. Plants and fungi category award of the year 2020
- 9. Cinema environment photographer of the world, 2018
- 10. Plastic effect award, 2018
Significance of environment photography
Nature Photograph requires great passion and willingness to click the environmental issues of specific areas and let the viewers realize their activities upon the environment.
It urges considerable attention to keep its environment safe, green, and clean for a prolonged period. In the 21st century, nature photography has been foremost to understand and seek the exact scenario of the environmental issues that have emerged.
The environment associated with photography, without a doubt, makes the people feel of their natural importance. It conveys a strong visual message on the raised environmental issues, and the solution aimed to halt it soon.
It too targets how the anthropogenic-induced activities have led the nature and reflect the field-based scenario in the issues raised in nature. Regarding nature photography, it entails both nature photography and conservation photography.
In recent days, the interest in nature photography has been increasing tremendously. Many photographers have won the public’s attention by clicking the exemplary photography that promotes nature conservation.
With an honorable mention of Kevin McElvaney’s photograph in 2014 as a featured image, below are the ten awarding-winning pictures on environmental issues.
1. Young environmental photographer award of the year 2021, India
Young photographer Mr. Amaan Ali clicked the wildfire photo where a boy was fighting against the forest fire near his home in the Yamuna Ghat, New Delhi of India.
The photograph provides a positive message the boy has tried his best to control wildfire through his picture. He may have thought that his house may burn with the large spread of the forest fire.
The photo is a clear indication of how the wildfire has been increased rapidly in recent days. It urges the government and the people to conserve our forest for a prolonged period and take adequate measures to control the wildfire.
The boy may have become a victim of this devastating wildfire. This photo was awarded the best environment photo by the young photographer illustrating the forest fire as an environmental issue.
2. The resilient award 2021, Survive for alive in Bangladesh
Drought has been of public concern in recent years. Due to anthropogenic-induced activities, climate change is more to go.
The drought-induced by climate change effects have negatively impacted all living organisms. The photograph of drought effects by Ashraful Islam from Noakhali, Bangladesh, sought massive attention at the international level.
In the award-winning photo, the sheep flock searched the grasses in those areas almost cracked by the soil. The extreme droughts in Bangladesh led the sheep to wander here and there to feed the grasses aimed to search the grasses in the hole of the cracked soil.
This image critically indicates how the organisms of Bangladesh have gone through the drought effects. The photo shows that the water has dried up, thereby restricting the growth and development of the grasses.
3. Water and security award 2021, West Bengal, India
A photographer Sandipani Chattopadhyay won the heart of the national and the globe there by clicking the photo of the algal bloom in the Damodar river situated in West Bengal of India.
The photographer wills to present the positive global alert that the Damodar river has been deteriorating as a cause of irregular monsoon seasons and drought.
Most troublingly, the algal bloom, or in the other sense inferred by the eutrophication, does prevent the deeper water surface from the light penetration and cause devoid in the oxygen content for the aquatic organisms to breath.
Such activities limit the marine organisms such as fishes, crabs, tortoises in the graveyard, which looks pretty pitiful to reveal. Chattopadhyay desires to demonstrate the severe impacts of algal bloom through this photo.
Additionally, it urges to think and launch the river protection activities to halve such effects in the coming days.
This singly photo may ensure the life of the aquatic living organisms and the beauty of the Damodar river of India upon proper implementation of the algal bloom control and the river conservation activities.
4. Hooked pup in Coronado Islands, Mexico in the year 2021
The oceans throughout the globe have been polluted day by day, a dire burning issue. The massive cause behind the pollution seems to be piling up the plastic, chemicals, and other wastes in the deep of the ocean.
Every aquatic organism has the right to survive freely in its natural surroundings. But this fact has been altered by the negative human-caused actions.
The photo of the sea lion being pupped up with a hook embedded in its mouth has attracted attention among the viewers.
The photographer Celia Kujala during her diving around Coronado Island, Baja California of Mexico, had clicked this photo which makes us think about the detrimental impacts that we have approached by plastic pollution.
Therefore, it looks pretty imperative to have a strict implementation of the rules and the regulations and ensure the survival of the aquatic organisms curbing their threat to survive in the existing environment.
As revealed by the photographer, the sea lion was expecting help from the strangers, which makes us realize that it’s too a part of nature like us and has full right to sustain their lives inconveniently.
5. Water, equality and sustainability award in the year 2019
The photographer Dharshie Wissia has clicked an eye-opener photo, making us think more about the lack of drinking water induced by deforestation.
This click critically indicates that the boy is drinking dirty water. Since all the water points in his area have been dried up as a cause of deforestation, he is compelled to drink such polluted water, the water whose quality has been deteriorated.
It undoubtedly could increase the chances of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, and many more.
It provides a considerable message worldwide to curb the deforestation rate, a hot issue globally, and protect the natural water points gifted a part of nature.
6. Young environmental photograph in the year 2019
It’s very heart-wrenching that our natural pride, rhinoceros, is poached every year in the name of earning more. The photograph clicked by Neville Ngomane demonstrated the wildlife experts dehorns the rhino’s horn.
Aimed to protect the rhinos from the poachers for its horn, the wildlife experts are on the way to dehorn the rhino so that the poachers will get confused.
The experts, too, believe that it is best to dehorn the rhino’s horn in one to two years to make the hunters deter.
It may be surprising to someone; the dehorned rhinos’ horn gradually grows over time. Thus, this click could be exemplary to save our wildlife and halve the issues of illegal poaching worldwide.
7. Cinema environmental photographer of the year 2019
Waste pollution has been of common issue in Nepal and many other countries. The photo clicked by Valerie Leonard illustrates the wastes being piled up in the Sisdol landfill site situated in Nuwakot of Nepal.
In this photo, the waste picker is hurried, seeking and picking the plastic debris and the valuables to sell. The landfill site has been operated since 2005. This photo clearly illustrates the weightage of the wastes in the landfill.
It could be surprising that it has gone beyond the carrying capacity within 15 years of the landfill site operation (till 2020).
Through this photo, the photographer alerts the people to go through the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) approach by the residential and industrial areas to lower the waste piled up. It can lead us to a safer, cleaner, and greener nation.
8. Plants and fungi category award of the year 2020
The photo of the European wildlife photographer, 2020 Marcus Gaiotti, seeks the utmost attention concerning the impacts on the plants flowering and fruiting induced by the climate change effects.
The photo belongs to the desert where a desert rose has shredded its foliage during the dry season. It is expected that flowering and fruiting is the natural process of any plant species.
Still, the photo indicates the flowers’ stains their foliage even in the no-flowering season and lack the leaves. Early flowering of the desert plant is pretty much sure the cause of the climate change effects in vegetation.
Most troublingly, the early fruiting could alter the plant-pollinator interaction and the reproduction rate and may cause variation in the genetic morphology of the species.
9. Cinema environment photographer of the world, 2018
Bangladesh is the country with no exception to water pollution, the dire environmental issue that the globe is going through. Only the victim could understand what they should suffer from and how he is going.
The photo clicked by Tapan Karmaker in 2018 seeks the highest priority in environmental conservation. The image entails the watermelon seller getting rest on the boat under the pollution of the Burigongga River of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Water pollution is inferred as the vital cause of environmental deterioration. We should understand the life of the watermelon seller compelled to spare his time in the water polluted rivers.
10. Plastic effect award, 2018
The photographer Calvin Ke in 2018 won the heart of people across the globe through his photograph.
His photograph demonstrated Malaysia’s southern pig-tailed macaque Borneo who clutched the plastic bottle in his hand.
Plastic pollution is not only limited to urban areas. Instead, it does have created severe impacts on the natural habitat of the macaque.
This photo provides a clear message to protect the species and the habitat associated with the macaques, thereby reducing the plastic pollution that emerged from the residential and industrial areas.