The winners of the Environmental Photographer of the Year contest were announced on December 2. The competition, which seeks to raise awareness about issues that affect the natural world, received more than 3,000 images from photographers from around the world.
Photographer Mehdi Mohebi Pour has won first prize for his image ‘The bitter death of birds’. The photograph shows just three of the thousands of birds that died in the Miankaleh lagoon, Iran, in 2021 due to water contamination.
It was chosen as the winning photograph for its surreal portrayal of the circular relationship between humans and wildlife, as well as its powerful communication of real environmental issues affecting our planet.
“Having won this prestigious award means a lot to the world, as photographing the weather and showing the damage that is being done is my highest priority in life. I want people all over the world to know about this sad event of the death of birds, because if we don’t reconsider our way of life and take care of the planet, this will soon happen in other countries,” said Mohebi Pour.
Overall Environmental Photographer of the Year winner
Keeping 1.5 alive category winner
Adapting for tomorrow category winner
Vision of the future category winner
Recovering nature category winner
Young Environmental Photographer of the Year winner
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