Solar portrait, Mexico by Earth Photo winner Ruben Salgado Escudero.
Ruben Salgado Escudero has won the inaugural Earth Photo competition for his work Solar Portraits, which depicts the inhabitants of some of the world’s remotest areas experiencing electricity for the first time.
Ruben, and the five category prize winners, were selected from 1,280 submissions from 19 different countries by an expert panel of judges from the fields of photography, film, geography and ecology. Developed by the Society in partnership with Forestry Commission England, and supported by Cox & Kings and Stanfords, Earth Photo aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us.
Hannah Maule-ffinch won the People category for her Barracks of Belgrade series which provides a bleak portrait of the refugee crisis in the Serbian city, where nearly 2,000 migrants are sleeping rough just behind the city’s main transport hub.
Edward Bateman won the Nature category for his Reversing Photosynthesis series. The prints were made by leaves being placed on light sensitive photographic paper and then left in complete darkness.
Andrea Provenzano won the Place category for her work documenting the way in which rising temperatures are affecting the society and culture of Nuuk in Greenland.
Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping won the Change category for their Future Scenarios series, the result of a research collaboration with leading climate change scientists, researchers and policy-makers in both the UK and the Global South.
The Video category was won by Vron Harris for his 12 minute looping video Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter which was shot between March 2017 and February 2018 at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Lambeth.
Earth Photo 2018 is on display at the Society in London until 21 September 2018. Plan your visit now.
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A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity, focussing on four themes - people, nature, place and changing forests.
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