Selected for Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2014
I’m very excited to announce that one of my images has been selected for the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition – an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. And I am completely overwhelmed and honored to learn that the judges selected this image from 10,000 other entries.
This image will be exhibited amongst other selected works examining issues such as innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth. Thus highlighting an array of environmental and social issues to a wide audience for a greater understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions of climate change and social inequalities. The Bhopal disaster and consequential water contamination is so horrifying that it stands to represent many of these issues.
The image selected is a portrait from my Arts Council funded Bhopal: Facing 30 project that looks at the people and the place of the Bhopal disaster 30 years on. Pictured is the family portrait of Rafiq Uddin (m/39), Saiva Bi (f/36), Rehan Uddin (m/10), Avhan Uddin (m/6), Faizan Uddin (m/4), Saiba Jahan (f/3). Photographed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, I built a formal portrait studio on the outside of the Union Carbide wall and dressed it in rich red colours – the colour of celebration in India – with traditional Zardosi embroidery work to portray the families with dignity and hope for a positive future.
The exhibition will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 June – 4 July 2014 before going on a national tour to forest venues until November, supported by Forestry Commission England.
Where: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (main entrance on Exhibition Rd)
When: 23 June – 4 July, 10am-5pm daily
The competition was launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and sponsored by Atkins. For further information about the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition see: www.epoty.org