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12 environmental photographers to follow in 2023

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The GLF Climate 2022 photo competition, organized by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), has selected 36 environmental photographers as finalists. Their range of submitted images highlight both the impact of the climate crisis on landscapes around the world and how communities are building resilience and fighting for change.

The winners will be announced on November 11 during GLF Climate 2022, alongside this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Before that, however, we wanted to show off some of the amazing submissions that will be put before our photo judges.

Here are 12 environmental photographers, in alphabetical order, worth following for more inspiring, educational, and impactful images of our planet in motion.

The photographers’ quotes on their images have been edited for clarity and content.

1. Anthony Ochieng Onyango, Kenya

The Land of Hope. Anthony Ochieng Onyango, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“An aerial view of a grass seed bank in Amboseli, Kenya. The grass seed bank is run by women in the community who supply the area with grass seed for restoration. It is evident that even during the dry season, the grass seed bank is able to withstand the pressures and continue to support the community. »

Follow the work of Anthony Ochieng Onyango, also known as Tony Wild, here.

2. Cecilia Delattre, France

Melting icebergs in the Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland.
Last light. Cécilia Delattre, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“This photo was taken in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland. Melting icebergs break away from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier and end up here, where they are bound to slowly melt with the sun. Will there be more in the years to come?

Follow Cécilia Delattre’s work here.

3. Derrick Milimo, Kenya

Students from Kirangari Primary School plant strawberry seedlings in Kiambu County, Kenya.
Climate Warriors: Kirangari Primary School students plant strawberry seedlings in Kiambu County, Kenya. Derrick Milimo, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“’We’re correcting the ground now for the next generation,’ says Michael Waiyaki. Miti Alliance’s Michael Waiyaki and Joan Njoki have teamed up with other like-minded people to slow the devastating effects of climate change from deforestation by growing trees and transferring their knowledge to the next generation of environmentalists.

Follow Derrick Milimo’s work here.

4. Dikye Ariani, Indonesia

A kingfisher catches a fish in a river.
Bird and water. Dikye Ariani, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“The kingfisher usually hunts fish in the river. This bird can dive into the river to catch fish.

Follow Dikye Ariani’s work here.

5. Esteban Biba, Guatemala

A woman holds a wooden cross while praying for lava from the Pacaya volcano.
Pray. Esteban Biba, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“A woman holds a wooden cross praying that the lava from the Pacaya volcano does not reach her population. For seven weeks, a group of people from the village of El Rodeo went to the volcano to pray as the lava was advancing rapidly towards the houses. The lava stopped a few meters from the first dwelling.

Follow Esteban Biba’s work here.

6. Jenny Zhao, USA

A young polar bear cub climbs on plastic in Hudson's Bay, Canada.
Plastic is everywhere. Jenny Zhao, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“We photographed this young polar bear cub with its mother in October 2021 in Hudson’s Bay, Canada, as the bears were on their migration route waiting for the sea ice to freeze over.”

Follow Jenny Zhao’s work here.

7. Pretty Luo, China

A forest fire is burning in Chongqing, a city in southwest China.
Forest fire in the city. Jolie Luo, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“Chongqing, a city in southwest China, battled wildfires caused by extreme heat waves in August 2022. The fires were scattered across forests in Jiangjin, Dazu, Tongliang and Banan counties of the municipality. . According to the local water resources bureau, 51 rivers in the city have stopped flowing and 24 reservoirs have dried up. With the scorching heat and lack of rainfall, Chongqing issued a red alert, the highest alert level, for wildfires in most districts and counties from Aug. 16 to 23. Faced with the raging flames, people from all walks of life voluntarily mobilized to put out the flames together, showing extraordinary heroism.

Follow Jolie Luo’s work here.

8. Marcio Esteves Cabral, Brazil

12 environmental photographers to follow in 2023
Mirage. Marcio Esteves Cabral, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“This image was taken with a drone at sunset, with views of the lagoons formed by rainwater and the mouth of the Preguiças River in the background.”

Follow the work of Marcio Esteves Cabral here.

9. Mouneb Taim, Syria

12 environmental photographers to follow in 2023
Influence of climate in times of war. Mouneb Taim, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“The war has greatly affected the climate in Syria Destruction. Camps, diseases, displacements and others are the factors. The photo shows people living in camps in winter, with difficult livelihoods due to climate change.

Follow Mouneb Taim’s work here.

10. Muhammad Amdad Hossain, Bangladesh

Fishermen are seen floating above seaweed as they search for a potential catch in the bright green waters of a river.
Cross the seaweed river. Muhammad Amdad Hossain, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“Fishermen are seen floating above seaweed as they search for a potential catch in the bright green waters of a river. The Sirajganj spot in Bangladesh is a popular spot for swimming and bathing, even in the cold water Algae make the water cloudy and climate change causes pollution and the drying up of the river.

Follow the work of Muhammad Amdad Hossain here.

11. Nicholas Shawn Mugarura, Uganda

Gumisiriza Narasi, 62, a security guard and urban farmer, looks sadly up close at the withered passion fruit vines in her garden in Ntinda, Kampala, Uganda
In my withered garden. Nicholas Shawn Mugarura, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

62-year-old security guard and urban farmer Gumisiriza Narasi sadly looks closely at the withered passion fruit vines in her garden in Ntinda, Kampala, Uganda on July 28, 2022. “Life is hard, I look at all my passion fruits to dry. It was a huge supplement to my income,” says Narasi. Uganda experienced a prolonged dry spell after the rains which were expected to start in March or April and last until May or June were not enough, with Kampala recording up to nearly 38 degrees Celsius.

Follow the work of Nicholas Shawn Mugarura here.

12. Sharad Iragonda Patil, India

Air pollution mixed with fog rolling over a green landscape.
Air pollution and climate change. Sharad Iragonda Patil, GLF Climate Photo Contest 2022

“Although this photo is beautiful, it can be seen that air pollution will affect nature in the future. Air pollution caused by dust from factories is dangerous in the misty nature in the morning.

Follow Sharad Iragonda Patil’s work here.

The Photo Jury: four more to follow

These 12 environmental photographers are just a few of those shortlisted for the GLF Climate 2022 Photo Contest, which will be presented to a panel of judges bringing together expertise from around the world. Here are the photographers and storytellers making up the jury, whom we also advise you to follow.

Gab Mejia, documentary conservation photographer

The first of our judges is Gab Mejia, a Filipino conservation photographer, environmental storyteller and engineer. Her work focuses on the climate crisis, endangered wildlife, and the intersectionality of culture and environment.

You can see Gab Mejia’s work by following his Instagram here.

Viviane Ponti, commercial photographer

Next up is Viviane, a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. She is an active photographer for Lonely Planet Images, holds a travel portfolio represented by Getty Images, and is a lifelong contributor to Airbnb. His work has been published in international media such as BBC London, BBC trip, Lonely Planet Travel Guides and The New York Timesto name a few.

You can see more of Viviane’s varied work on her website.

Sydelle Willow Smith, storyteller and impact campaign strategist

Our third judge is Sydelle Willow Smith, a Cape Town-based storyteller and impact campaign strategist who works across Africa. His areas of intervention include memory, identity, migration and whiteness. She has collaborated with publications such as The New York Times, UC Observer (Canada), The world, 1843 magazine for The Economist, National Geographic Traveler, among others. She also co-founded Africa’s first solar-powered cinema network, Sunshine Cinema.

Follow Sydelle Willow Smith on Instagram and Twitter to see his storytelling work.

Miora Rajaonary, Freelance Photographer and National Geographic Explorer

Our fourth and final judge is Miora Rajaonary, a documentary photographer born and raised in Madagascar and currently based in Mauritius. In her work, she explores cultural and environmental issues in contemporary Africa and for the past two years has focused on food security and related local initiatives.

Miora is a National Geographic Explorer and the winner of The Fence 2019 photography competition. She also won the top prize at Addis Foto Fest’s Portfolio Review in December 2018 and was one of four winners of the inaugural Getty Fellowship. + Array in July. 2018.

You can stay up to date with Miora Rajaonary’s work on Instagram.

This panel of judges will select the first and second place winners, but you can also get involved by voting for your favorite photo to be nominated for the ‘popular vote’ prize. Take a look at the 36 finalists here and choose the photo you want to win.