There is something about a great photograph that can strike even the most loquacious of souls completely dumb…

Environmental Photographer of the Year 2008

Environmental photographer of the year and quality of life winner: Happy in her own world, Abhijit Nandi, India. ‘The woman in my picture is returning home from the paddy field after a long day at work. She never thought a village woman could be the subject of a photograph, so when I told her I’d like to take a picture of her, she just laughed’

This is the winning photograph at the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2008 exhibition, on in London at the moment:

The 2008 Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition includes images that are resonant, creative and beautiful.

Over 1,400 pictures were entered into the competition, examining issues such as poverty, climate change, human rights, leisure, culture, biodiversity and natural beauty. The categories were Changing Climates; Black & Veatch’s World of Difference; Quality of Life; The Natural World; and a special Under 21 category which had no thematic boundaries.

The entries were judged on impact, creativity, composition, originality and technical abilities, by some of the most respected environmental photographers in the industry.

Resonant, creative and beautiful they are indeed… Perhaps, if we’re lucky, they’ll bring the exhibit to Cape Town, as was the case with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 exhibition back in January this year.

Until then, though, do yourself a favour and take a look at the selection available online – there are some truly spell-binding and thought-provoking shots upon which to rest your word-weary eyes.

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