The Climate Photo Challenge

10th April to 10th May

Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future. ~ Sally Mann

Remember the photo ‘Napalm Girl’ and how it changed the Vietnam war? Nobody can forget the haunting image; and in 1973, AP Photographer Nick Ut won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his picture.

The image was unprecedented at the time and it is thought to be one of the most memorable photographs of the 20th century. We wanted to find that equally powerful image for climate change for the 21st century. This is why, as part of the Changing Course campaign, Eco-Business launched the Climate Photo Challenge in April 2018.

We called on our global community to  submit photographs that would make the penny drop on the urgency to address this issue, photographs that capture the way climate change is changing lives and landscapes around the world, photographs that inspire change. At the heart of the Changing Course campaign is the belief in the power of media to inspire change and change the course of history. This panel presents the three winners and their winning photographs.

Judges for this photo challenge were:

- Kris LeBoutillier, video content director and storyteller for Visa Worldwide and a photography teacher at Lasalle School of the Arts who previously was a photographer who worked with National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

- Kazuhito Takata, head of the Interchangeable Lens Camera Marketing Department, which is part of the Digital Imaging Division of Sony South East Asia.

- Jessica Cheam, managing editor of Eco-Business, TV presenter and a social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development.

Prizes for the Climate Photo Challenge were kindly sponsored by Anantara Peace Haven, Tangalle, Sri Lanka and Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket, Thailand

1st Prize Photo A - The Lone Adelie, Ben Haggar
A lone Adelie Penguin rests atop a broken pan of sea ice. Penguins are the ‘canaries in the coal mines’ of Climate Change because they live on the front line and experience the most drastic changes. With poor quality sea ice, penguins have to travel further afield for food.
1st Prize Photo B - The Last Ice, Ben Haggar
A polar bear feasts on ring seal atop the only pan of multi year sea ice to be seen. Polar bears need these floating platforms to hunt, but with sea ice melting earlier each year, bears are forced onto land to scavenge or fast for months until the ice returns.
2nd Prize Photo - Greenland's streams of climate change, Jan Tigges
Emissions, glaciers cracking, creating a final picture of silence, which is framed by a grey line of pollution with remaining peaks of naked stone.
3rd Prize Photo: Disappearing Ice, Ajit Menon
Ice set adrift from Disko Bay in Greenland slowly melts in the warming waters. This chunk of ice will disappear in a short time.