Earth Photo 2020 short­list an­nounced

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Ashort­list of 50 of the best en­vi­ron­men­tal pho­to­graphs and four films that doc­u­ment the Earth in all its di­ver­sity have been se­lected for the So­ci­ety’s Earth Photo 2020 com­pe­ti­tion. De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Forestry Eng­land, this year’s com­pe­ti­tion ex­plores the themes of peo­ple, place, na­ture, chang­ing forests and a new cat­e­gory for this year: a cli­mate of change.

The 2020 short­list is made up of var­ied art­work cho­sen to pro­mote dis­cus­sion and to help bet­ter con­nect us with the world by shar­ing sto­ries about our planet, its in­hab­i­tants and our treat­ment of both. From plas­tic-pol­luted seas in Kuwait, habi­tat loss threat­en­ing seals in Antarc­tica and home­less chil­dren in Bangladesh to tea pick­ers in China, sea­weed cul­ti­va­tors in Zanz­ibar and fish­er­men from Viet­nam, the se­lected images and films cap­ture a sense of our awe-in­spir­ing and dy­namic world at a time when hu­man in­flu­ence and ac­tiv­ity are in sharp fo­cus. The short­list was se­lected by a dis­tin­guished panel with ex­per­tise in the fields of photograph­y, film, jour­nal­ism, ge­og­ra­phy and the en­vi­ron­ment. Chaired by Pulitzer Prizewin­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Marissa Roth, the panel in­cluded pho­tog­ra­pher Matthew Arnold; editor of Ge­o­graph­i­cal mag­a­zine Katie Bur­ton; pho­tog­ra­pher Tim Flach; lec­turer and artist Vron Har­ris; Di­rec­tor of Photograph­y at Geo mag­a­zine Mag­dalena Her­rera; pho­tog­ra­pher Si­mon Nor­folk; and Di­rec­tor of Education and Pub­lic Af­fairs at the Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety Michael Pritchard.

When asked about this year’s short­list, Marissa said: ‘I was more than de­lighted to see that Earth Photo 2020 re­ceived a record-break­ing num­ber of en­tries this year. The qual­ity of the sub­mis­sions was con­sis­tently very, very good, which has been our bench­mark since the in­cep­tion of Earth Photo in 2018. ‘See­ing beauty is as im­por­tant as ad­vo­cat­ing for aware­ness and change, and many of the pho­to­graphs on this year’s Earth Photo short­list re­flect this dual­ity. A num­ber of the images are thought-pro­vok­ing and emo­tion­ally heart-rend­ing, as they clearly show the im­pact and ef­fects of cli­mate change, and also the con­se­quences of hu­man be­hav­iour. Each one of the Earth Photo 2020 shortliste­d pho­to­graphs cap­tures lay­ers of nu­ance and in­for­ma­tion in a sin­gle im­age, which ex­em­pli­fies vis­ual sto­ry­telling at its best.’

She con­tin­ued: ‘Our aim con­tin­ues to be about sup­port­ing, and hope­fully in­spir­ing, the work of a range of pho­tog­ra­phers, from pro­fes­sion­als to as­pir­ing am­a­teurs, as they ex­plore our beau­ti­ful, frag­ile planet.’

The shortliste­d images will be ex­hib­ited at the So­ci­ety from 7 De­cem­ber 2020 to 26 Fe­bru­ary 2021, as well as at Forestry Eng­land sites be­tween au­tumn 2020 and spring 2021, in­clud­ing Grizedale and Moors Val­ley. Win­ners will be pre­sented with their prizes at an awards cer­e­mony at the So­ci­ety once so­ciald­is­tanc­ing re­stric­tions have been lifted.

Visit of the short­list.

www.rgs.org/earth­photo

to see a vir­tual ex­hi­bi­tion

Sec­ond na­ture (3), Işık Kaya (2020)

Fin­ger­prints of the Earth, Ruan Kezhuang (2019)

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