Earth Photo is an annual competition and exhibitions jointly developed by Forestry England, leading visual arts consultancy Parker Harris, and the Society with new partner, Land Rover, who have joined this year.
The winner of the 2020 Earth Photo competition is Jonk for his stunning series Coffee Shop, Abkhazia region of Georgia; Hotel, Portugal; Swimming Pool, Italy and Theater, Abkhazia region of Georgia, which depict abandoned spaces reclaimed by nature. The group of images also won the competition’s Place category. Visit his website for more information.
Jonk is a freelance self-taught photographer whose work focusses on humans and their relationship with nature. His images are taken to raise awareness of the ecological crisis facing humanity. Fascinated by abandoned places reclaimed by nature, in 2018 he published Naturalia: A Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins which asks the fundamental question: What is the place of humans on Earth and their relationship with nature?
Far from being pessimistic, and at a time when human domination of nature has never been so extreme, these images aim to awaken our ecological consciousness. Nature is stronger, so whatever happens to humans, nature will always be there.
Coffee Shop, Abkhazia region of Georgia by Jonk (2019)
Hotel, Portugal by Jonk (2019)
Swimming Pool, Italy by Jonk (2019)
Theater, Abkhazia region of Georgia by Jonk (2019)
People category - Yanrong Guo
View the winning image
Nature category - Yi Sun
Video category - Sean Gallagher
View the winning video
Changing Forests category - Charles Xelot
A Climate of Change category - Joe Habben
To view the winning and shortlisted entries from 2019 and 2018 competitions, visit the Earth Photo website.
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